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William Charles Newman

April 23, 1937 — January 27, 2024

Mississauga

In his 87th year, William (Bill) Charles Newman passed away quietly with his family at his side. He leaves behind his wife Dolores (née Mossop) of over sixty years, his sons Bradley (Lisa) and Mark (Angela), and was predeceased by his daughter Kelly (Ed) four years prior, and his parents, William and Marion (nee Kelly) Newman. He was a grandfather (Pa, PaPa) to Kacy, Christine, Emily, and John, and a big brother to Donna (John) Kay.

Bill grew up in Port Credit, Ontario, and spent most of his later life living in Toronto. He was a successful businessman, an accomplished outdoorsman, somewhat less accomplished hunter, but loved sailing most of all. “If I could have been on the water every day, then I would have done it.” In his earlier life, he spent a time with the navy, before purchasing the first of his series of sailboats on which he logged thousands of knots, including a year long voyage from Toronto to the Bahamas. He sailed as long as his body would allow him. In his last few years, his son Mark took on the captaincy of his last boat “Marion Rose”, giving Bill more precious days on the water, and our family is grateful for that.

He derived pleasure from literature and poetry, and versed himself in classics, memorizing poems that tickled his fancy, even the occasional Shakespearean soliloquy. After retirement, he taught himself to speak French, until he was an accomplished conversationalist. He and Dolores took several memorable trips to France during that time, a country they both loved.

We spent the last few years helplessly watching Lewy Body dementia take Bill away from us, one memory or poem at a time. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting Western University’s Doctor Stephen Pasternak’s leading-edge research into this disease that affects more than just those it attacks. He would have preferred it that way. 

The family will hold a celebration of life for Bill in the near future, when it’s sailing weather.

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