William Robert Mitchell

27 April, 193513 March, 2021
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With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved William (Bill) Mitchell, in his 86th year, on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Bill is survived by the love of his life, and partner in crime, Linda McCormick Mitchell and will be sadly missed by his nephews Michael, Geoff, and Mathew (Jennifer Jordan), and his nieces Kathryn (Alex Martin), Susan (Jode Spinney), his great-nephews Gavin, Griffin, Christopher and Mathew, his sister-in-law Diane Cress (David), and brother-in-law Peter McCormick (Barbara). He has gone to be with family: his parents Mamie and Keith, and grandparents Mary and William Tinsley. Bill will be missed by all, particularly his many friends at the Macassa Bay Yacht club.

Bill was a true gentleman, and exceptionally generous. He was a deep collaborator and builder. At his core, he believed every problem could be solved over a glass of red wine and a sail. He was known for his steadfast approach and kind and gentle manner. A trusted man of integrity, many found solace in his determination. If you wanted the job done, if you wanted perseverance and extraordinary results, you called Bill. Known for his sense of humor and goodwill, he was a deeply loyal friend who loved a solid joke and was committed to attending “church” every Sunday on Nick’s boat. Billy was a man passionate about both land and sea. He was a conductor with CN Rail for 44 years and the longest standing commodore on the Great Lakes, serving as the Commodore of Macassa Bay Yacht club for over 38 years. Working with a small group of friends, he built Macassa Bay’s club house from the ground up, driven by the vision that everyone should enjoy the water and wind. When Bill was not busy managing the day-to-day operations of the club, his generosity prevailed through overseeing the annual fundraiser for the food bank in the Hamilton area, and supporting the breast cancer group “Knot a Breast”. Quietly tenacious and humble, Billy brought out the best in many of us.

Rest in peace Captain.

A private family funeral service will be held on Wednesday March 17, with interment at Woodland Cemetery Gardens. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date when restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Hamilton.


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Brian Leslie

30 March 2021

A sad day when hearing of Bills passing. He was a respected man who embodied what MBYC was about. I served with Bill on the executive and learned a lot about how a club can be run.
Most of all Bill taught by example, as he never sat back while work was being done. He was always a hands on type of man. He will truly be missed. Joyce and I send our condolences to Linda and all the family.

Harry and Lucille Restivo

18 March 2021

so very sorry for your loss bill was for sure a amazing man


17 March 2021


Our deepest condolences on the lost of your beloved Bill. His memory will live on forever.

Your friends at Morellis

Jim Hollands

16 March 2021

There are so many wonderful memories of Bill and I am so glad to know him. When Barb and I attended our first Commodore’s Ball and knew almost nobody in the room, he and Linda invited us to sit with them at their table. I remember sailing on the Tinsley to greet the Haida when she arrived in Hamilton. I was honoured to serve on the executive with him for three years. I remember working with him on the ice to dismantle D dock, and many other projects. Such a hard worker - you couldn’t stop him. And many wonderful cruises on Nick Night and of course solving the world’s problems at the round table.
Cheers to you Bill. Our condolences to Linda and all his family and friends.
Jim and Barb Hollands.

Beth Merinchuk

16 March 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You've been wonderful neighbours for so many years. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Beth & Lloyd

Bruce McLeod

16 March 2021

May a fair winds and following seas be yours!

Vivian Vario

16 March 2021

Commodore Bill..You've "sailed" home.

Bill was a thoughtful man with a wonderful spirit, heart of gold, and an inspiration to us all. We will miss you.

Til we meet again our special friend. We will take care of Linda.

Dave Baker and Vivian Vario

Lorna Howarth

16 March 2021

Our sincerest condolences to Linda and the family. Commodore Mitchell was the guiding force behind MBYC serving for over 38 years. A huge accomplishment. The members of MBYC have so much to be thankful for our beautiful gem on the water. RIP Bill. Larry and Lorna Howarth

Judy Andrew

16 March 2021

We had many events that we remember Bill, made ratings to wear at functions which I still have sowing him in his uniform. I will share the memories and never forget.

All my love to his family. ❤️❤️❤️


George Pavlov

16 March 2021

Rest In Peace Dear Sir ...Was an honour to know you ...I feel your loss Linda

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