William Clarence Steele

October 17, 1945 ~ March 4, 2020 (age 74)


On March 4th 2020, Bill Steele passed away peacefully in the same way he lived his life - with conviction, strength and bravery, on his own terms, and surrounded by the family he loved most, the love of his life and partner Jill, his pride and joys Heather and Melissa, and his son-in-law John Petramala. He is forever remembered as G-pa by his grandchildren Ava, Sophia, Evan and Jack, who brought him so much happiness and pride, and his grand-dogs Chewie and Pepper.


He was loved by his brother John and wife Cecile Steele, by his beloved brothers and sisters through marriage, Jan and Ken Moxey, Lorraine and Dave Gougeon, Meg and Dave Pearce, Grant and Denise Burton, Greg Burton and Shari and Ron Cole, his 12 nieces and three nephews, and of course, all of his friends, who he loved as close as family. Bill was that rare, one-of-a-kind person that made a tremendous impact on the lives of everyone that knew him. An educator with a passion for sharing knowledge with young minds, he inspired learning with thousands of students over his more than 30 years of teaching. He also shared his love of sports on the court as a basketball referee for more than three decades, and off the court as a life-long Leafs fan.


Whether he was at his hunt camp on Noble Lake, by the pool in Sun City Center, Florida, or just sitting on his front lawn enjoying the sun, Bill lived each and every day to its fullest. A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held in early summer and friends and loved ones are invited to join his family to share memories and raise a glass to a man who meant so much to so many. The family asks that donations in Bill's memory be made to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto or Sudbury Health Sciences North CVT ICU.

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