Please join the family from 12 - 2 p.m. on Saturday August 28th via the following Zoom meeting ID:
870 7501 7305
William "Bill" Baldwin passed away at Woods Park Care Centre in Barrie on Friday, August 13th, 2021 at the age of 82 with his family by his side.
Bill was born in the U. K. to parents William and Catherine Baldwin on October 11th, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire. He was one of six children growing up in a very close-knit family including brother Robert "Bob" Baldwin (Eileen) of Barrie; and sisters Vera Disley (John) of Spain, Kathleen Bannister (Michael) of St Catherines, and Sheila Macken of England. Bill is predeceased by sister Patricia "Pat" Beet (Arnold) of Barrie. After high school, Bill apprenticed and worked as a Power Loom Overlooker in the textile industry.
Bill married Mary Beet in England in 1962 and they celebrated almost 59 years together. They emigrated to Canada with their two young children: daughter Michelle Quinn (Kirk) and son Alex William Baldwin. In Canada, Bill worked as an Industrial Millwright. He was a valuable member of the Tambrands Barrie team for 20 years. He retired from Apotex in Toronto after nearly 10 years of loyal service. Following his retirement, Bill worked part time as a groundskeeper/handyman at an Innisfil cottage for 10 years.
As well as being a loving and generous husband, Dad, Dad-in-law and Grandad, Bill had many interests and talents including tinkering with cars and motorcycles; helping to fix many family and friends' cars. He was a longtime member of the Barrie Darts League and different golf leagues. His love of golf spawned his hobby / business of making golf clubs ("Billymade"). Bill was an avid photographer who ventured into videography in its earliest days. He prided himself on learning and analyzing new technologies.
Bill loved all kinds of music and DJ'd for many years. This encouraged his love for karaoke, which he tried endlessly to pass on to his granddaughters. He had a great sense of humour and a quick wit. He loved a good prank; his April Fool's pranks will be fondly missed by his three granddaughters whom he adored: Gillian, Jenna and Abbey Quinn. Friends and family will always remember his slosh line antics at family functions where he would try to mix everyone up by dancing in the opposite direction to everyone else.
Bill enjoyed watching his son Alex compete in roller-skating competitions and downhill ski, and his daughter Michelle figure skate and encouraged her with photography. Later he never missed a rugby game or synchronized skating competition for any of his granddaughters. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and family, all of whom have fond memories of his jokes, antics, singing and generosity.
Cremation has taken place and an informal celebration of life will be held at the Steckley-Gooderham Funeral Home Lounge, 30 Worsley St., Barrie on Saturday August 28th, 2021 from 12 - 2 p.m. A private family inurnment at Innisvale Cemetery will follow. Masks, physical distancing and capacity limitations are mandatory. A Zoom link will be available for those who wish to join virtually.
In lieu of flowers, donations to "Woods Park Residents Activity Council" or the Canadian Alzheimer's Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Online memories and condolences may be forwarded via www.steckleygooderham.com