OBITUARY

William Robert Mantle

Passed away on 11 March , 2019

MANTLE William Robert “Bill” P. Eng, MBA – Halifax, NS

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Husband, Brother, Father and Grandfather William “Bill” Mantle on March 11th, 2019. Bill passed away with his loving family by his side at the VG Hospital Palliative Care Unit after a long hard fight with Cancer,

Bill was 71. Born in Truro he was the son of the late Stanley and Ada Mantle (Fifield).

Bill lead a full life, and life with and around Bill was always amazing and adventurous. One never knew what was around the corner when with Bill! Bill attended both Elementary and High School in Lower Truro Elementary School, Onslow NS. He then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree from Acadia University, Wolfville NS, in 1972, a Bachelor of Engineering from Acadia University in 1974. While operating his first business Bluenose Lighting he obtained a MBA from Dalhousie University in 1981. Bill was involved in many things throughout his life. Growing up on a farm he was used to hard work and proved that every day of his life.

Bill pursued many passions throughout his life. At a young age he was a member of the Sea Cadets and was awarded the highest rank in the squadron. At age 8 he won the Tractor Pulling Contest in Truro. He loved wrestling and was a member of the Acadia University Wrestling Team. Bill was awarded Arm Wrestling Champion in NS for many years. Bill loved Hockey and shared his love with his sons and grandsons. He played Goal in the men’s League for over 30 years. Bill took part in the Highland Games and loved the competitive nature of the Games. Antique Cars and Trucks were also one of Bill’s passions and was the proud owner of many.

Bill loved to Motorcycle and he and his wife Deb enjoyed many “road trips”-although Deb usually didn’t know where they were going but usually it involved a job! Of his many motorcycles, Bill especially loved his 1994 Harley Davidson Electra Glide. He and Deb shared many trips on that bike most notably to Laconia, International BMW Motorcycle Rally, Annapolis Royal NS, but their favorite and most attended was The Bluenose Rally in Billtown NS, one of the longest running Motorcycle Rallies in Canada. Bill and Deb were known to hop on the bike and just go and his love of the open road was quite evident if you ever rode with him.

Bill was a past member of the IEEE-Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a member of the Professional Engineers of NS. Bill was very involved with the Sign Association of Canada, having recently been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bill started Bluenose Communication Contractors which is now Bluenose Lighting and Alarm back in 1980 and it is still in operation today. He was also the owner of Tremblay Signs (1987) for 32 years. Bill put his heart into both companies, employing many people throughout the years. He worked tirelessly to ensure his customers would always receive the best he and his crew could give.

Bill will be forever missed and in the hearts of his beloved wife Debra “Deb” Williams (Dinelle), his daughter Marielle Mantle, Halifax NS, his son Dylan Mantle, Dartmouth NS, his step daughter Bailey Williams, Phoenix, Arizona, his step sons Mitchell Williams, Toronto, Ontario, Dean Williams, Halifax NS, Sam Williams, Petawawa, Ontario. Bill was very proud of Sam’s service with Military, where he is presently on a peacekeeping deployment in Mali, West Africa.

A true example of unconditional love was shown throughout Bill’s journey by his siblings Dianne Mantle, Truro NS, Linda Weatherbee (Mantle) (Ross), Truro NS, Barbara Molly (Mantle), Port Alberni BC, and Harry Mantle (Debbie), Truro NS. Their love of Bill was so evident with all the trips back and forth from Truro and Barb’s stay away from her home and family for many months.

Bill loved his 6 grand children Aaron Mantle, Dayna-Rae Mantle, Lucas Mantle, Dustin Mantle and Billie-Rose Mantle, all of Halifax NS and Olivia Mantle of Hubbards NS.

He loved his several nieces and nephews and appreciated all the visits and times they sat by his side and held his hand. Bill is also survived by his Mother-in Law Barbara Dinelle, Sackville, NS, his Sister-in-Law Katherine Osborne (Dinelle) (Adam), Halifax NS and his Brother-in-Law John Paul Dinelle, Devon Alberta, his son-in-law Gerald Dacey.

Bill was predeceased by his nephew Aaron Weatherbee, his Father Stanley Mantle, his Mother Ada Mantle (Fiefield), his Brother-in law Daniel Molly and his Father-in Law John Dinelle.

Bill wanted to Thank the following people for all their support during his illness: • All of the Nurses at the Chemo unit at the VG Hospital. • The Palliative Care Team at the VG Hospital. • Devon Hennigar Paliative Nurse VG. • Glenn and Peggy Lucas for their spiritual support and guidance. • My sister Barb who left her home in BC to assist my wife with my care. • My sister Linda who helped me with my spiritual journey. • My Nieces who visited many times, brought meals and sat by me. • My nephew Anthony Weatherbee for his calls and visits from Florida and for officiating at my service. • My sisters Dianne, Linda, Barb and brother Harry and his wife Debbie-your unconditional love and support meant more than you will ever know-and of course for all the food. • My son, Dylan who looked after Tremblays in my absence. • Rajko Obradovic who watched over the financial health of my businesses during my absence. • Donald McLaughlin for looking after Bluenose Lighting and Alarm in my absence. • All of my employees for their hard work and support during this time, especially to Gerald & Clinton. • Heather Robinson for all your visits and trips for supplies. • To all those in the Sign Industry for your support and work during this difficult time. • Graham Sweett, Dianna Burns and John Dillon for their professional advice and support. • My Mother-in-Law Barbara for organizing the reception food. • “My Italian Son” Ciro Comencici for all of his spiritual support and enduring love. • My Sister-in-Law Katherine for all your visits and support. • To all of those who read to me and held my hand in bed. • My beautiful wife Deb you supported and cared for me though out my journey. I can not imagine doing this without your Love and Care! • All of the friends and family who dropped by for a visit and called. If I have left anyone out it was not intentional, I appreciated everyone who helped.

Visitation will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 399 Lacewood Drive, Halifax NS Friday March 22nd 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm

Funeral will be held 2 pm Saturday March 23, 2019 at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 399 Lacewood Drive, Halifax NS. A private committal to follow at Truro Heights Cemetery.

Roll, roll me away I'm gonna roll me away tonight Gotta keep rollin', gotta keep ridin' Keep searchin' till I find what's right And as the sunset faded I spoke To the faintest first starlight And I said next time Next time We'll get it right Bob Seger

Services

22 March

Visitation

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S0E1

22 March

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S0E1

23 March

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S0E1

23 March

Reception

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S0E1

REMEMBERING

William Robert Mantle

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Zack Rafih

19 March 2019

It is with great sadness that I write this

Firstly I'd like to offer my condolences to Bill's sisters , brother , Debbie , Dylan , Marielle .

As the years passed Bill was more like a brother , calling or seeing each other weekly, those conversations will missed .

From the first time I meet Bill in the early 80's he has been a part of our family . Over the years we shared many cups of coffee , meals and stories , as we all know Bill would rarely pass up a homemade meal . With a great appetite for a good meal and life Bill was someone you wanted at your table , his sense of humour and laughter were infectious . There was always a good story to be told and which was rarely about him .

Sometimes he'd call because he needed to borrow a tool or needed a hand installing a sign which I knew nothing about but it was a good laugh when I told him how it should be done , after all I was free labour .

I've had the privilege of sharing both laughter and tears over the years. I know you're looking down on us .
Rest in peace brother Bill ,

Cameron Starritt

19 March 2019

Also just want to say that I will unfortunately not be able to attend the Service as I will be out of the country until March 29th.

Regards
Cameron Starritt

Cameron Starritt

19 March 2019

I just want to pass my condolences along to all of Bill's family.
I knew him well at Acadia and we often crossed paths in downtown Halifax while working at M.T & T (Bell Aliant). He accomplished a lot in his life and he was certainly a great person.
My late brother Martin, was also a good friend of Bill's in the late 60's in Truro, when he worked as a "bouncer" at the Saturday night dances in there. Bill may have also been working at that same job, but not sure on that.
All to best to all of you.
Cameron Starritt
(Formerly from Bass River)

Rick Roberts

18 March 2019

So sorry to hear of my good friend Bill's passing.
I will certainly miss his great sense of humor and that trademark smile!
He called me Guy as in Lafleur and I called him Rogie as in Vachon!
We were both legends in our own minds and loved chirping each other's lack of talent!
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to his entire family.
He was a great guy!
May he Rest in Peace .

C.S. Scott Family

18 March 2019

We have known Bill for over thirty-five years and have always considered him a beloved member of our family; therefore, it is with great sadness that we offer our prayers and heart-felt condolences to the Mantle families both in Halifax and inTruro.

Ron and Wanda Arsenault

18 March 2019

So sorry for the loss of your father, husband, brother and friend.

Wanda and Ron Arsenault

Jim Hallal

18 March 2019

I was very sad to learn this morning of Bill's passing.

Being in the same industry as Bill since 1996, I had the opportunity to speak with him on many occasions, and was always eager to hear his advice, and in turn, he was always eager to share his knowledge and experiences. He was a throwback to the generation of men who respected education, and had the blessed ability to render with their hands what they had learned with their mind. He was a hard and diligent worker, admired by all who knew him. The level of esteem he was held in by his co-workers was unmatched; as I said, we shared in the same industry and we all hear and see things. Bill didn't talk the talk; he walked the walk.

His greeting was a good one: a big smile, a good laugh and a firm handshake. And always honest and frank talk about the subject at hand. I always looked forward to sharing a word or two with him. His insights (not just into business, but into family and life in general) were invaluable.

I always held Bill in the highest regards both professionally and personally, and of course I don't need to tell you what you already know: Bill was a good man with a good heart. He will be sorely missed.

My heartfelt condolences on his passing.

- Jim Hallal

Sandra O'Brien

18 March 2019

We will truly miss your visits to Goodwood. Doug and I enjoyed you and Debbie so much always good laughs together. Rest in peace Bill. God will be with you.
Sandra and Doug O'Brien

Donna Jones

18 March 2019

Dear Debbie, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved Bill. Bill's life was a life well lived, and together you created very special memories which will live forever in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Donna

Donna Jones

18 March 2019

Dear Debbie, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved Bill. Bill's life was a life well lived and together you created many special memories which will live forever in your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Donna