OBITUARY

William Graves

January 7, 1942November 8, 2020
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William Graves, 78, of Kitchener, Ontario. Beloved husband and best friend of Veronica Graves. They met and it was love at first sight in 1970 at Niagara College. They were together for 50 fabulous, wild and crazy years that Veronica would never trade for the world... William passed away after a hard-fought battle surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved on November 8, 2020. He was predeceased by his sister Johanna (Graves) Prins and her husband Cornelis and his brothers Jacobus, George, Herman Graves and brothers-in-law Bruce Pankhurst and George Purcell. He was also predeceased by his parents Joris Graves who passed away June 1, 1960 and Johanna Van Mensch who passed away July 16, 1996. Williams parents lived in Naaldwijk in the Netherlands where he was born at home January 7, 1942. He was baptized Willem (William) and immigrated with his parents to Canada in the spring of 1952 where they landed in Halifax and then traveled to Taber, Alberta, where his father and older brothers worked on the railroad, forestry and were farm helpers. They later moved to Ontario in 1957. Besides his wife Veronica, William is survived by his daughter Phyllis Graves-Gill and her husband Michael Gill of Ottawa, his two sons William Graves and his wife Nicole of Kitchener, and Michael Graves and his fiancé Shelley Chisholm of Norwich; his grandchildren, Alicia and husband Andrew Pfeifer, Lance, Quinton, Taylar, Jessica, William, Chase and his great-grandchildren Deacon, Eleanor, Audrey and Ryder on the way. Coming from a large family William is also survived by many brothers and sisters; Joan and husband Peter Boekestyn, Wayne and wife Sherry Graves, John and wife Annie Graves, Marvin and wife Terry Graves, Elisabeth Pankhurst, Ida Purcell, Ina O’Hara and husband Jim O’Hara, Gordon and wife Verna Graves, and sister in laws Jackie Graves, Gertie Graves and Jolenta Graves along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. William was a strong intelligent self-taught man his work was his love, his passion right to the end. William lived for knowledge, his key to his success, he knew something about everything would pick up a book front to back and be able to execute a project, he was meticulous and wouldn’t leave until it was perfect whether it was; Radar Repair, Television Repair, Robotics or Drives. After 15 years working as a Drives Specialist living in the United States William returned to Canada to be closer to his family in Kitchener Ontario. He had many longtime clients, of which many became not only his respected colleagues but his friends everyone one loved “Good old Bill”. This was a man that would give you the shirt off his back even if it was his last one. Anyone who knew William knew what an amazing classical guitarist he was. He was self-taught and could also pick up a harmonica, an organ or play a piano. William loved playing for his family and friends was honored to play guitar at his daughter’s wedding and enjoyed a good concert at a nursing home. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of the Innisfree Hospice. His stay was short, but they made our family feel comfortable and secure that we made the right decision in transferring him there to make his final days comfortable. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care was a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. A Celebration of Life will be held honouring William Graves, Sr. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900). Please note: Due to COVID-19, all visitations, funerals and interments are restricted to a specified number of attendees. All visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering, provide name and telephone number to funeral home staff, and must practice social distancing at all times. Please follow the directions of the funeral home staff upon arrival. If you are feeling ill or have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, please do not attend. Memorial contributions may be made to Innisfree House, 2375 Homer Watson Blvd., Kitchener, ON N2P 0E9. Online condolences at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com

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Gina Brindle

November 12, 2020


My heartfelt condolences go out to your family.
I will always remember him as this handsome , classy man, that walked with such grace and confidence.
Wishing you peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Gina Brindle

Shirley Percival Hall

November 12, 2020

To all the family,
Sorry to read of Bill’s passing. Remember Bill many years ago as we grew up at Addison. If my husband, Stanley Hall, were alive he would join me in sending our sympathy. He often spoke of how helpful and reliable he was with haying on the farm. Thinking of all of you. Love and prayers. Shirley

Joyce Pys

November 11, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Will's passing, my warmest condolences to Veronica and family, I worked with Will for several years, and had a lot of great memories, he introduced me to many customers over the years. He always helped people and never turned down an opportunity to teach you at the same time. He would play his guitar in the office and we would all listen to the beautiful music, it always amazed me how he could draw people in.
Cheers to you Will, you will never be forgotten!
Joyce

Steven Batson

November 11, 2020

Blessings to the family in the passing of Will. I was fortunate to work with Will for a number of years and see his love for people, his work and to just roll up his sleeves to help his customers. He certainly had a passion for what he did and did it well.

Now off to the next chapter I pray he brings his cheer to those he rubs shoulders with in that better place.

Ida Purcell

November 11, 2020

Dorothy St. Pierre (Prins)

November 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to Bill 's family may Our Lord be your strength during this time of sadness. I remember being in St. Catherines, Ont. for my birthday in July when I was a young girl. I had 50 cents in my hand and Bill wanted me to give him the 50 cents and he would give me a dollar but I would not take the dollar because I thought I had more with the 50 cents. I can't remember but I am sure that he had some explaining to do to convince me.

Jeannette Prins

November 10, 2020

My condolences to you all in the loss of Bill. I was fortunate enough to see Bill 7 years ago. Here is a picture.

Barry Smith

November 10, 2020

Will was my friend and neighbor. I moved here about ten years ago. Just me and my dog, Maddy. My first year here, Will and I were figuring each other out. Once we got to know each other, we'd have the greatest talks. Sitting on my front porch, having a drink, we'd talk about anything. Religion, politics, family, life in general. When I came down with a little throat problem and had to go through radiation and chemo, Will would come over to see me every day. Every day. Just walk in and sit down and talk. See if I needed anything. Give me hope when I had none. Just the man he was and I miss him. Lucky to have known him. Just a great big man and I'm glad to have called him my friend.

Mary Hebers

November 10, 2020

Hello Family

I would like to give you my condolences with the loss of your husband, dad, grandpa.
When I was a young girl Bill( I called him Bill not uncle Bill ) gave me a really cool necklace. It was an American 50cent piece on a chain. I treasured it for many years. I was about 12 when he gave it to me and I had never seen a 50 cent piece let alone an American one with president Kennedy on it. So this girl in the 1960’s was very very happy with that. I will never forget that kindness. It meant a lot. Love cousin Mary from Alberta. ❤️❤️❤️

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