It is with great sadness we wish to announce the sudden passing of our dad, grandfather and great-grandfather, William Bodnar.
Bill was born on Dec. 21, 1935 in Springfield, Man. to Joseph and Domina Bodnar. At age 17, his family relocated to Alberton Township, where they had a coal hauling company. He was the third oldest of 11 children.
He began his working career as a milkman, then doing maintenance at the hospital, but spent most of his working life doing grounds keeping and maintenance at the mill until retiring in 1994.
Bill was a very avid gardener and had a great passion for carpentry. During the summer months, he could always be found taking care of his bountiful tomatoes. He also had a knack for growing the largest onions and garlic he could, and was more than generous in sharing with his family.
He did a lot of wood working over his lifetime, of which included the forever home of he and his wife, Doreen. He also spent hours designing and building countless cabinets, tables, shelves, etc. for family members, friends and as donations for fundraisers and charities.
Bill will be profoundly missed by his wife of 62 years, Doreen; daughter, Nina, and son-in-law, Brent; grandson, Jordan; granddaughter, Rebecca (Micheal), and two great-grandsons, Parker and Beckham.
He also leaves behind his sisters, Ann (Raymond) Cain, Evelyn (Frank) Myers, Olga Dawkins (Leon Swire), and Eleanor (Steve) Johansen; brothers, Marvin, Edward and Norman (Lecea); sisters-in-law, Edith Bodnar, Lilian Bodnar, and Cheryl Bodnar; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents. Joseph and Domina Bodnar; brothers, John, Michael and Paul; and sister-in-law, Helen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers will be Blake Bodnar, Brandon Bodnar, Christopher Bodnar, Darryl Bodnar, Mark Bodnar and Jordan Sokoliuk. Honorary pallbearers will be his brothers and sisters.
If family and friends wish to do so, donations can be made on Bill's behalf to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.