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Bird, William (Bill)

BIRD, William (Bill) - Passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener on Saturday, August 11th, 2018, in his 101st year.
Bill was predeceased by his wife Winnifred, daughter Joyce Devlin, brother Sid and sister Joyce. He will be fondly remembered by his son Alan (Mary) and son-in-law Bob Devlin. He will also be remembered by his grandchildren Kathy Wright (Steve), Chris Devlin (Cindy), and Suzie Scott (Darcy); along with his great grandchildren Jessica and Allyson Wright, Talia Devlin, Trevor, Ethan and Kierra Scott.
Bill was born in Sheffield, U.K. in 1917, and later moved with his parents to Manchester. After working in his father's business, he joined the R.A.F. and became involved in the development and use of radar during WW2 as a Flight Sergeant.
In 1953 Bill emigrated to Canada to work for A.V. Roe in Malton, Ontario, and then with his newly arrived family, moved to Clinton, Ont. as a civilian radar instructor for the R.C.A.F.
Dad and family then moved to Peterborough, Ontario, where he was hired to set up and teach in a new electronics lab at Kenner Collegiate. After a full and enjoyable career in teaching, he and his wife, Winnifred, combined travel with collecting and selling a wide variety of antiques. This business was continued by Bill until his late nineties.
At Bill's request, cremation has taken place and no service will be held.
Arrangements entrusted to the WALL CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL (519 - 822 - 0051) or www.wallcustance.com.
Memorial contributions to your charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.

A tree will be planted in memory of William (Bill) Bird in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm.



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