William Smith

William Ernest Smith  July 30, 1947 – July 4, 2019
On Thursday, July 4th, William Ernest Smith passed away at the age of 71.  Bill is survived by the mother of his children, Alta, and will be missed by his sons, Andrew and Matthew (Kala).  Bill was the proud grandfather of Luke and Ryan.  He is survived by his brother, Tom, and predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Phyllis (nee Ball), and siblings Paul, Gail and Jackie.  Bill retired from Woodbridge Foam in Tilbury in 2012.  In his retirement, Bill spent many hours dedicated to volunteering at the Shepherd’s Way Inn and with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas campaign.  He will be deeply missed by his family, his cat Inka, many nieces and nephews and the countless friends he made during his life.  
All are welcome to attend a memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life on Thursday, July 11th at 11 am at St Paul’s Congregational Church Chapel (450 Park Ave West, Chatham).  Visitation will take place from 10 am until the time of service at 11 am. In memory of Bill, donations to the Shepherd’s Way Inn of Chatham would be appreciated. 

12 Comments on “William Smith”

  1. Willis and Kristen Pollett
    We were very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Bill.
    I knew bill since i moved to chatham In 2016.My lauch pad here was at shepherds way and it was there I thank God that me and kristen met him.
    I know he valued being a father and grandfather. As. A man of faith im thankful that He found hope. And inspiration and more importantly he came back to God.
    We were like family at Shepherds Way Bill will be missed dearly. But take comfort in knowing he is at peace with the Lord.
    Cherish the memories and thank God for those memories. The good and the bad. One special gift from God that death cannot take away.
    Holding you all up in prayers. Not only for today but the many days ahead.


  2. Andrew and family so sorry for your lost will miss Bill so much so Bill was my side kick at the shepherds way my prayers are with you and your family RIP Bill Forever in our hearts Marsha Parker Laura Latimer & Alexis Thompson

  3. Our deepest sympathy to Bill’s family. Although we didn’t know him for very long, we enjoyed his sense of humour while volunteering at Shepherd’s Way Inn. Bill was always glad to lend a hand wherever needed. We are glad to have known him. May his rest this day be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Rejoice and be glad Bill. You are in glory land now! We will miss you.

  4. Dear Matt & Kala & family
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Uncle Brian & Aunt Shirley

  5. I’m so sad to hear of his passing, my business was located under his apartment and he regularly came in to visit with me. He was always so lovely, we had some wonderful conversations. He shared about his sons and grandchilrdren, who he was so proud of and spoke of lovingly.

  6. Dear Andrew and Matthew and Alta, I am so sorry for your loss, please accept our heartfelt condolences. I had the opportunity in recent years to connect with your dad many times as he was manning the Salvation Army Kettles in the mall. It seemed like he dedicated many hours volunteering his time to help those in need. Please know that you are in our thought and Prayers.

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