William “Bill” Mosbeck of Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances, Ont., and formerly of Emo, Ont., passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the age of 81.
Bill was born on Aug. 21, 1937 in Rainy River, Ont. to Milton and Betty Mosbeck.
He was united in marriage to Armine Tompkins on June 19, 1956.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Armine; sons, Tom (Emily) and Chuck (Cathy); grandchildren, Scott (Michelle), Jay (Janene), Dallas (Kari), Eric (Hope), Cody, and Nicollette (Eric); and 12 great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by his brother, Cecil; sister, Patricia Mosbeck-McDonald; and brother-in-law, Ken Bekesi; and was “Uncle Billy” to many special nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Milton and Betty; sister, Elaine Bekesi; brother, Melvin; Armine's parents, Charlie and Lorraine Tompkins; sister in-law, Karen Mosbeck; infant granddaughter, Sarah; and nephews, Sheldon Mosbeck and Brent McDonald.
Bill was a self-driven entrepreneur at heart and joined the family business of Tompkins Hardware in 1956. He also owned and operated with family Ross' Camp, Ross Air, and the Emo Inn.
Bill's love of flying began in 1964 and continued throughout his life. He owned and flew float planes. As well as flying commercially, he made many trips to the north, including the Canadian Arctic.
Friends and family always were included in his adventures, of which there were many.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman and also enjoyed operating any piece of equipment.
Clearwater Lake was an integral part of Bill and Armine's life, and they were able to enjoy their retirement years there. During this time, Bill enjoyed working in his shop and produced many tables, lamps, and stools, which he gave to family and friends.
Bill was happiest when grandchildren and great-grandchildren were around.
As per Bill's request, a service of celebration and remembrance will be held at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts or the Emo-Devlin-Barwick Minor Hockey Association c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., POW 1EO.