Willem van de Bospoort

Bill Bospoort

Wednesday, March 4th, 1931 Sunday, September 20th, 2020

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Obituary for Bill Bospoort

Bospoort, Willem (Bill) passed away peacefully at Matthews House Hospice on September 20, 2020 in his 90th year. Bill was born in the Netherlands on March 4th, 1931 where he lived with his parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. After serving in the military, he emigrated from Holland to Canada in 1952, thinking he would never see his Dutch family again, with only one small trunk and a few dollars in his pocket.
Starting his working life in Canada as a farmer, he quickly moved his way through many different jobs leading him to the Township of Amaranth where he served as the Clerk Treasurer for close to 30 years, retiring in 1998. Bill travelled the world and volunteered with Rotary making many friends along the way and “is an example to all of us of how to live life, how to be a husband, father and friend.” Bill made life an adventure with Isabel (Raeburn) his wife of 63 years, his 3 children Patrick (Lisa Price), Kathleen Ewen (Kevin), Bobbi Ferguson (Brian) and 6 grand children; Kyle (Linsey Beckett), Raeburn (Adriano Bertuzzo), Remi, Samantha Cowell (Nick McParland), Aidan and Cael. We are so sad to lose you but take comfort in knowing that your last journey was as you lived your life…on your own terms.
Private Family Funeral entrusted to the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, Orangeville
Public webcast of funeral is available for viewing on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
Donations to Matthews House Hospice will be greatly appreciated.
A tree will be planted in memory of Bill in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The next annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Private family Service - Public web cast of funeral is available on Monday at 2:30 pm

    Monday, September 28th, 2020 |
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    Address Not Available
    Monday, September 28th, 2020
    Rev. Janet Jones


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Linda Patterson

Isabel and Family - I remember Bill as the handsome young man who came to work at the Caledon mill, conveniently right across the street from the Raeburn home. And the rest is history. He lived long and well and contributed much to his new country. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Sincerely, Linda Patterson
Comment | Posted at 09:24am via Condolence

Hazel Keating

Isabel, Bobbi, Kathleen and family, l'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Comment | Posted at 08:00pm via Condolence

gloria ramnath

hi isabel, bobby kathleen and patrick (and the grandchildren) heard of bills's passing . this is a heartbreaking time for all of you. it is something we as children never want to have to face. one of the hardest things we have to do in life is say a final goodbye to our beloved parents, especially when we have been fortunate to have the best parents. it was nice to have known your dad and the rest of the family for the short time with you all.please accept my sincere, sincere condolences. gloria
Comment | Posted at 02:55pm via Condolence
Dear Bospoort family,
I wish you a lot of strength this time and after the funeral. Bill was always a happy man and he listens always to everyone.He was just like his brother Henny. These two man always had a lot of fun when they were together. But now I hope that they are together again.May he rest in peace.
I hope to see you see soon.
Love and hugs from
Comment | Posted at 09:57am via Condolence

Gail Harrington

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Jim and Gail Harrington
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