It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of William “Bill” Renzo Loney, 77, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Emo, Ont., on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.
Bill was born on Jan. 14, 1941 in Emo to Lawrence and Grace (Strachan). He was united in marriage to Julie (Cayer) on June 6, 1964.
Bill attended school in Emo and then Fort Frances High School. He started working for his dad at the Cloverleaf Store at a young age, delivering groceries on his bike until he could drive.
When his dad (Lawrence) retired, Bill and his brother, Dave, took ownership until Bill became ill.
Bill was very active in community services. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Fire Department, and Lions Club, was treasurer of the Knox United Church and sat on the church board, and also worked with the church youth group as a young man.
He also was a member of the church choir and curling club, and was the recipient of the Centennial Achievement Award.
Bill was a unique, quiet, kind man, always wanting to please; a man of humour and one-liners. He was very proud of his home and especially his children.
Bill found refuge at their lake home on Clearwater Lake, a lifelong favourite spot.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Julie of 53 years; daughter, Kathy (Theodore) Lassche of Duncan, B.C. and grandchildren, Kara and Meghan, son, Paul Loney of Emo, Ont.; son, John (Darlene) Loney of Didsbury, Alta. and grandchildren, Reagan and Jack; and son, Michael (Joann) Loney of Emo, Ont. and grandchildren, Emily and Benjamin.
Bill also is survived by his brother, Dave Loney and wife, Janet, of Emo, Ont.; brother-in-law, Fred Klug of Emo, Ont.; sister-in-law, Della and husband, Larry Cocquyt, of Melita, Man.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Grace; siblings, Larry Loney and Judy (Fred) Klug; and sister-in-law, Gloria Loney.
At Bill's request, cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Bill's life will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, with Rev. Francis Flook officiating.
Internment will take place at a later date.
As Bill always had a warm smile and a light joke to share with whomever he met, please share a smile or a laugh with someone you meet.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Knox United Church in Emo.
Online condolences maybe offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com
Though his smile has gone forever,
And his hand I cannot touch,
I still have so many memories,
Of the one I loved so much.
His memory is my keepsake
With which I'll never part,
God has him in his keeping,
I have him in my heart.