Thompson Funeral Home

530 Industrial Parkway South, Aurora, ON


William "Bill" Ritchie Boal

August 14, 1931November 16, 2019

William “Bill” Ritchie Boal died peacefully at his home in Aurora on November 19, 2019. He was 88 years old. Bill was the loving and beloved husband of Carol Espey. He was the son of Alexander Ritchie Boal and Lily Elizabeth Parker and brother to Isabelle Breakey (deceased) and Helen, wife of Dr. Ron Grant. He will be missed by his son, Jack, daughter Jeannie and her husband Jim Stuart. He was predeceased by son, Jamie and daughter, Pam. Bill was a loving grandfather to Aidan Wood (Carri), Alexander (Nicci) and Bede Stuart and great-grandfather to Caden, Cameron and Finn. He will be greatly missed by his extended family, Ashley and Caroline Parkes and their children, Charlie and Albie and fondly remembered by nieces Hope, Cheryl, Alison, Jo-Anne and nephew Kevin. He was born in Toronto and had a successful career for over 50 years in the motion picture business with Canadian Picture Pioneers and retired in 1995 as the manager of the 400 Drive-In. Bill loved life by the water and spent as much time as he and Carol could at their cottage on Lake Simcoe. For all who had the pleasure of spending time with Bill, he will be remembered for his smile, laugh, dry sense of humour and strong work ethic. He was a loving and generous person, always willing to help anyone who needed it and was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, November 23rd between 1-3pm at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway S., Aurora, ON, L4G 6W8. The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation might be made to either The Salvation Army or The War Amps as both charities were close to his heart.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 23, 2019


William "Bill" Ritchie Boal

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Sheila Goodwin (Boal)

November 24, 2019

Helen, please accept our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Bill. Although we have not been in touch for a number of years I think of you often. Take care, Sheila & Family

Bruce Lee

November 22, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill thanks to Chris Brodie.
I always enjoyed our talks when I was on one of my Lagoon
City walks from spring to fall. Lots of good talks and laughs.
Hope to see you in the spring of 2020.
Your old Time share Manager
Bruce Lee

jenny norris (westlake)

November 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I knew Bill growing up ... I was a close friend of Pams. He was always smiling ... such a warm and fun character. my condolences to his family and friends ... and my love to Carol.
Jenny xoxo

Jenny Norris (aka Westlake)

November 22, 2019

Hearing this news makes me very sad as it brings back many memories of growing up with Pam and hanging out at the Espeys home. I was a close friend of Pam's and knew Bill growing up. He was such a fun and warm character.
My condolences to his family and I especially send my love to Carol.
Jenny xoxo

Keith Mathewson

November 19, 2019

Sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I knew him from the time he managed the 400 Drive-in and the wonderful relationship with my aunt Carol Espey. He always had a smile on his face and was well liked by everyone. Joanie and I send our condolences and will be thinking of him as another friend who we shall meet again.