OBITUARY

William Vint

18 October , 194329 April , 2019
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VINT, William It is with heavy hearts the family of William announces his peaceful passing on Monday, April 29th, 2019 at the age of 75. Predeceased by his wife Ina. Beloved brother of John. Survived by his daughters Suzann and Angela (Chad) Erechook. Devoted grandfather of four and great grandfather of one. Visitation will be held at the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice (905-432-8484) on Wednesday, May 8th, from 12:00 noon until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, 8 May , 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, 8 May , 2019

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WILLIAM WALKER

8 May 2019

Will Vint I always considered you to be the big brother I never had. As a kid I looked up and admired you as a strong person and missed you heaps when our family migrated to Australia. It was some 21years later when we made contact in Canada when I was posted to the USA for three years. In that time we have so many good times and memories with you and and your family.
After leaving the States we caught up again when Robert and our wives spent a week with you and your second wife. You made that trip so special. After Ina died you came out to Australia and stayed with us for three month and met your Australian family, It was such a happy time and my family got to know the Will Vint I so much loved, We made sure that you saw as much of Australia as possible in the time you had, We also caught up with you in 2014 in Florida where we had just the best time for 10 days. I recall sitting out in the pool area of the house you hired for all of us (Rob, Anne, Robbie, Barbara, Sue and I). Our visits to the Stores, Universal Studios, Golf and Swamp Boat rides are memories that will live with us till we die.
Your trip in 2017 was troubled with your illness and it was unfortunate that you were hospitalised for much of your time with us. You eventually got back home to your family which pleased me so much.
When your brother John sent me messages that you were not well and that you subsequently died, a sense of relief came over me that you were now in a better place. I felt an emptiness in my heart with you gone because of all the good times and memories that you brought into my and my families lives. I will sorely miss you, Will. I offer my condolences to Joyce, Susann and Angela on the passing of their beloved husband and father. I feel for you guys but believe things are now for the better for all.

Bill McKinnon

6 May 2019

Sad to hear of Bills passing.
I have fond memories of working with Bill at Darlington and other Stations.

I always respected his technical competence and learned at lot from Billy Vint over the years.
His sense of humour always presented a laugh.
Bill will be missed.

Our sincere condolences to the Vint families.
Bill & Barb McKinnon

Andy Paton

6 May 2019

Billy Vint was a great friend to my mom & dad. I have many fond memories of Scottish sing songs in our family basement in Bowmanville. Auld Lang Syne, Uncle Billy!

Barbara Jeffrey

5 May 2019

Will it is with a heavy heart that I learnt of your recent passing. My memories of you are nothing but positive. It was an honour to meet you and be your friend. We shared many fun times both in Australia on the Golf course at Royal Canberra and on holiday in 2014 when we visited America to attend the Masters. It is a wonderful memory that we share of a fantastic holiday we all had with yourself and Donna after the Masters and my memories were that the shopping was fantastic, along with our visit to EPCOT! Of what fun we had, I still remember the before and after dinner drinks around the pool and the wonderful sing songs after a few drinks.
I am eternally grateful for the kindness you showed to my son, Brett, who at the time of Jeremy's 40th birthday party was going through a rough patch. He still remembers you with much kindness and quoted your words of wisdom to him at his daughter's 21st birthday a few years later! You understood the pain he was in at that time in his life when many others did not! So thank you Will, you lived a full life, as with all of us there were some troubled times in your life but on the whole it was a life well lived and you were loved by many. May you rest in peace my friend, until we meet again. Barbs xxx

Jim Kendall

4 May 2019

Sorry to here of Billy’s passing. We worked together for many years. Spent many a crazy day and night at bowmanville golf club when it was a private course. He will be missed

Susan Walker

3 May 2019

William - my husband's cousin, my friend. I remember the fun times when we visited you in Toronto all those years ago. We were Aussies living in Virginia. Far from home. Our frequent trips to Toronto helped to heal my homesickness. So glad when, years later, we had a chance to show you our beautiful country. You loved Australia. Thank you so much for all the good laughs we had together. The discussions and debates solving the problems of the world over a glass of wine. May you now rest in peace. Don't give them too much of a hard time up there. Love always.

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits William Vint who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, William was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with William knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

William was born on October 18, 1943 in Bellshill, Scotland. His parents were William and Catherine Vint. William was raised in Bellshill. Even as a youngster, William learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, William was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. William was raised with one sibling, his younger brother John. William had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For William, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

William's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, William enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. William took part in soccer, boxing, climbing, and swimming. He was a boxing club member. In his spare time he liked toy soldiers.

In school, William was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, William was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. William’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Bellshill Academy In 1958. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

William was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When William was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to William came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were John Mckluckie, Davy Bright and Colin Robinson. Later in life, he was friends with John Mckluckie, Colin Robinson, and John Overton.

An objective and conscientious individual, William reveled in the security of his family. One of William’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

William was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. William would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. William was blessed with two daughters, Suzann and Angela. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Amanda, Chantel, Maggie-Anne, and Gavin; and Great-granddaughter Lilly.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, William was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, William was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, William upheld his standards. His primary occupation was electrician. He was employed for hydro and worked up from electrician to general foreman of all trades, and then head negotiator for workman’s benefits. William was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

William approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were golf, squash, running, music, and traveling. William was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for William to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, William played boxing. Recreational sports included soccer, golf, squash, and running. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, and boxing.

Being generous with his time and energy, William liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, William was an active member of the Ontario Legion; Bowmanville, and Kedron golf clubs.

A civic-minded person, William was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. William was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Tartan Tavern, and Oshawa Legion. During these years, William applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, William used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. William had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Australia, Scotland, Florida, and California.

William was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of William’s favorites was Flash a German shepherd dog. They were best friends for Eight years. His family was rounded out by Barney a Basset hound which they had for seven years.

William passed away on April 29, 2019 at Bowmanville Hospital. He is survived by daughters Suzann and Angela; his grandkids Amanda, Chantel, Maggie-Ann and Gavin; and his brother John. Services were held at Courtice Funeral Chapel on May 8th, 2019. Williams’s ashes were spread with late wife Rosina McGrady.

All who knew him would agree that William was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. William Vint did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.