Coutts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

96 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, ON


William Joseph Nelson

5 July , 193019 May , 2019

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Stirling Heights LTC in his 89th year.

He will be forever remembered by his children; Michelle Crowell (Bernie), Gregory Nelson (Doris) and Karen Monteiro (Walter), grandchildren; Devon (Heidi), Melissa (Corey), Christian (Jenna), Sabrina (Tom), Shelby (Luke), Corry (Malika), and Haille (Cam) and great-grandchildren; Levi, Isabella, Sofia, Noah, Carter, Liam, Kaleb, and Lewis. Bill is reunited with his beloved wife of 33 years, Cornelia “Corry” (1992). He is also predeceased by his sisters; Mary, Noreen, Joan and Theresa and his brother Gerry.

After a successful career in construction, Bill and Corry opened Branson's Restaurant in 1981. The pub was a favourite spot for food and good times for many Cambridge residents until 2000. This is how Bill will best be remembered, along with his avid love of golf. The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Stirling Heights for their compassionate care.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial Visitation will take place at the Coutts Funeral Home, 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge (519-621-1650) on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. The Memorial Service to celebrate his life will follow in the Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Inurnment at Mount View Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations in Bill’s memory to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by his family.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, 25 May , 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 25 May , 2019


William Joseph Nelson

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Michelle Cassady

25 May 2019

There are many memories with your family.... the farm comes to mind in particular...the Sunday afternoons.... out in the woods cross country skiing while the men would stay back for the social side of things.... many laughs... many good times!!!

Sending you all lots of love xo

Sharon Russel (Farr)

24 May 2019

I have a lot of great memories of Uncle Bill. Him taking out his teeth and chasing us around the house with a flashlight under his mouth, Christmases, Easters and the egg hunts on the farm, but one memory always stands out above the rest.

After Cory passed, one day out of the blue I received a letter and a necklace from Uncle Bill. The necklace was from St Augustine, Fl where Cory had purchased it, and was a replica of an old pirate coin. The real gift was the 2 page letter he wrote about Cory and the memory with the necklace, and that he wanted me to have it. The kindness and emotions from such a "gruff" guy to me as a child, made this letter one of my most cherished possessions.

You had a very big heart Uncle Bill, and thank you for showing it to me. We will miss you.

Paul & Henriette Farr

23 May 2019

We had lots of good times together. Camping at Sauble Beach, Golf at Myrtle Beach, and the many Christmas days we spent with our two families together, The Trommelen family reunions were also a great time to chat with you and the rest of the clan. Looking back I think the weirdest time was when the four of us took advantage of Open House at a Nudist Park, we all stayed clothed but we were the only ones that were. I also remember the sad times, Corry's funeral was the absolute worst, Henriette still remembers her sister every day. We'll miss you Bill. It was great knowing you.

Anna & Pat O'Reilly

23 May 2019

May the Almighty hold you and comfort all your Family.
We all greatly enjoyed being with you and will always have
beautiful memories.
Love Pat & Anna O'Reilly your cousin.

Lindsay Carpenter

23 May 2019

Our Carpenter clan will always remember uncle Bill for his amazing sense of humour, his great banter, his love of a good time and his uniqueness. We will miss you uncle Bill!
Love to Michelle, Greg, Karen and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Fiona Clark

22 May 2019

My memories span over 30 years as I recall many times in Bransons talking to Bill and Corry. Bill had a gift of always telling stories and mostly about interesting facts about many things I didn't know. Whether I agreed or disagreed, Bill was always right!! He sure loved to tell his stories. Both Bill and Corry were very special caring people and I'm sure they will be together now watching over their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with pride and joy. He will be missed and always remembered.

Samantha Maas

22 May 2019

I loved meeting Bill at Legends in Paris Ontario with my father Ken. He would tell us all kinds of funny stories during the games while we ate wings and discussed sports politics. What a wonderful man I will forever cherish these memories.

Kevin Scanlon

21 May 2019

Bill was always offering life lessons you wouldn't get anywhere else.
One time, his brother Gerry was complaining about his company being audited by Revenue Canada. "I gave the guy my office and told him to call my secretary if he needed coffee or anything," Gerry said. "And he was there the whole week!" In the end, the tax guy found some minor discrepancy that was easily resolved.
"Well, you did that wrong," said Bill. "I got audited a few years back. I set up a card table and a lawn chair under the basement stairs of the restaurant, right next to the empty beer cases. The guy was gone before lunch and he never came back."
We'll miss Bill's unique view of the world and his great sense of humour.