Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

3295 East Highland Road, Highland, MI


William Michael Sabourin

19 December , 195020 April , 2019

William Michael Sabourin, a life-long resident of White Lake Township, Michigan peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family on April 20, 2019 at 68 years of age.

He was preceded in death by his honorable parents, Virgil Vincent Sabourin, Jr. and Audrey Marie Sabourin. Beloved husband of Donna Kay Sabourin. Loving father of Wendy (Lynn) Davis, Arthur Thorpe, Valerie (Paul) Hanley, Amber (Corey) McKinley Renee (Zachery) Bennett and Audrey (Paul) Drahos. Grandpa of 15 amazing grandchildren and great-grandpa of four amazing great grandchildren. Brother of four siblings, Richard (Kathy) Sabourin, Virginia (Fred) Ossanna, Virgil (Georgia) Sabourin and the late Anne M. Sabourin. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 1-8 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at White Lake Township Cemetery. Frank Schipani will officiate. Memorial contributions suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church in White Lake, Michigan.


  • Visitation Tuesday, 30 April , 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, 1 May , 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, 1 May , 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, 1 May , 2019


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Sue Dickson Carlson

18 July 2019

On behalf of the Birmingham Groves Class of 1969, the reunion committee sends our sympathy and friendship to Bill’s family.

Linda Thompson

28 April 2019

Bill, from the first time I met you I knew that you were a good man and you proved that over the years. You married my childhood friend Donna Thorpe and I will say you were the best thing to have ever happen to her. You produced some of the kindest and caring children and I am glad I had the opportunity to meet all of the family. I am sorry that we didn't see each other more than we did but the times we were around each other were a blessing. My Mother Amy Moll always talked highly of you and loved to visit you and Donna for many years, you welcomed her into your home as if she was your Mother too. I know that you are in a good place now and you will no longer suffer, and God just got himself another awesome angel and we will all miss you very much.

Georgia Sabourin

25 April 2019

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Bill was an amazing man, husband, father, grandfather & brother. He loved his family so much & the love was returned tenfold. Virgil & I enjoyed Bill & Donna's visits to Oregon & when the brothers got together it was liking watching twins. Bill, although you are not with us physically your Spirit lives on in our hearts. Your legacy will live on through your kids & passed on to your grandkids. Your family is amazing & the way everyone pulled together during the last months is truly inspiring. The spouses of your girls are incredible men & Archie was a trooper. All because of you Bill. You are a special star in the sky now, an Angel with a little jaunty tilt of the halo :-) Your are loved & missed.

Amber McKinley

24 April 2019

I know you did not want to leave us but God needed you more. We wish you could have stayed forever. I will miss your smile, your laughter, your love and your jokes. Most of all I will miss you Dad. You were truly an amazing father and PopPop. Thank you for everything. And your right, you should have been a singer. I will cherish ever memory. Our family is a circle of strength and love together forever in your honor. You will forever be with me. Wuz you. 123

Carol Magel

24 April 2019

My Brother in-law, he was the husband of my beautiful sister and so good at everything a great carpenter and good with tools could fix anything if he wanted to 😊 a fantastic Dad and grandpa and my friend you will be missed 10-4 good buddy Never forgotten 💙🙏❤️

Renee Bennett

24 April 2019

I miss you so much! Zack and I are so blessed to have you as our dad. Our family that you and mom created is the best. Each and everyone of us are who we are today because of you.
The traditions and values you and mom placed in our lives is something that everyone wants. Family is most important in life and you taught us that. You will live forever through us and our children. We will never forget all of the great times camping, fishing, and holiday get togethers. Wuv you forever and a day. 123!!!

Archie Thorpe

24 April 2019

Dad u taught us everything i know to be a man , How drive ,family values we will dearly miss u!! U are the rock of the family we are so close we love u and miss u

Clare Olson

24 April 2019

What can I say that hasn't already been said by your adoring family? I read something today that made me think of you. "How a person treats their family says a lot about their character". And Bill, you had character in spades! I can't thank you enough for teaching my son what it means to be a wonderful father. Thank you for giving my family your beautiful daughter Renee. She is more than we could have ever hoped for. You will truly be missed by the Bennett and Olson family.

Audrey Drahos

23 April 2019

Dad- there are no words that can explain how much I miss you. You were the BEST dad in the whole wide world. You always pushed me to be the best person I could be and I will be forever grateful for that. You never gave up on any of us and you were ALWAYS there when we needed you no matter what. My memories of you will last a lifetime and beyond, you taught me how to fish, fix cars, and to be the best mom I can be. You taught me what family truly means. Thank you Dadsy Wadsy for everything and leaving amazing memories for us to hold onto for generations to come.
Love always your baby girl

Ashley Zalman

23 April 2019

I love you so much and miss you terribly. You were such a wonderful grandfather and great grandfather to my girls. I would love mountains to hear you laugh and joke just one more time. You were the most kind hearted, genuine, loving and funny person. I will always cherish our summer days in the pool, in the woods, in the swamp being muck babies, going on the boat and of course the tractor rides we all loved. I know the beautiful blue sky on Easter was sent from you, you loved nature. I promise to keep your memory alive and tell my children stories of you often. I wuv you grandpa, 123 🧡
Love you forever and a day, your Ashley Washley