Oshawa Funeral Home


William Kurelo

January 9, 1924February 13, 2018

KURELO, Wasyl "Bill" (Jan.9th, 1924 - Feb.13th, 2018) Passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 13th, 2018 at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Toronto in his 95th year with family and grandsons by his side. Beloved husband to Helen MacDonald (predeceased) and brother George (predeceased). Loving father of Randy (Barb), Ronald (Wendy), Rick (Marlene). Cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren Jennifer, Tyler and Aleshia (Brody & Kohl), Derek and Kaylan (Expecting baby girl Apr 2018). Bill was a Veteran of The Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp 1943-1946, 7 Field Ambulance Combat Veterian; overseas Service Volunteer and was wounded in action. Bill was a long time resident of Oshawa. Born in Cedardale January 9th, 1924. Bill Kurelo was a "PILLAR in our Community". He started coaching Minor Hockey in 1952, was President for 9 years, before becoming a Life member in 1962. Bill was Director of the Civic Auditorium and area arenas until his retirement in 1989. He was Founding Member of the Oshawa Green Gaels Lacrosse Club, Director of Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame, Director of Oshawa Generals Junior A Hockey Club and Executive member of Legionaires Junior B Hockey Club. Bill collaborated in the production of two books "The Oshawa Generals 1 & 2". His 25 year collection of over 1300 photographs that commemorated the Sport and Entertainment History of Oshawa were promently displayed throughout the Civic Auditorium for all to enjoy. As an active Lifetime Member of Branch #43 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Bill was a member of Wedgewood Fishing Club for many years. He was respectfully nicknamed the "COLONEL". His love for fishing and spending time with great friends. Also remembered for his FAMOUS Dill pickles called "BILLS DILLS". Loved by all. Also Pidgeon River were he spent fishing and story telling to his Grandsons Tyler & Derek were his favourite pastimes. Memories they will always treasure. Papa's famous quote to them was: Laugh at least "ONCE" everyday. Many thanks to Sunnybrook Medical staff for their outstanding care. At Bill's request there will be no Funeral Service. A Celebration of Life to be held on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 from 2-4 pm at ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Branch #43, 471 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa for all Family & Friends. Arrangements entrusted to OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234). Memorial donations to the Last Post Fund.


  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, May 6, 2018


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Cindy Smith

February 22, 2018

So sorry to hear the passing of your father, Bill. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I remember how he used to shake hands and pat Chad (Carriere) on the back and say hello to him. Thinking of you all. Joel and Cindy Smith and Chad Carriere.

Comrade Terry & Mary Lynn Talentino

February 19, 2018

To the Kurelo families, please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father "Wasyl" Bill.
Bill was a giant among our arena manager peers. He was a good person with a good heart. We will miss his great sense of humour. He was one of the good guys.
Rest in peace my friend of 40 years.

neighbours Glenn & Liz

February 17, 2018

Sorry to read about the loss of your Dad Randy. Our condolences to you, Barb, the grandkids and rest of your family. We are thinking of you and you are all in our hearts.....

Al reddoch

February 16, 2018

Sorry my message for Bill about Wedgewood was not finished should finish for me

Bud Stanley

February 16, 2018

Saddened to learn the loss of our friend Wasyl .Bill Kurelo a friendship that stretched over five decadesan outstanding professional in the Arena Field will be missedbut never forgottenheart felt condolences to the entire Kurelo Family.Bud & Michelle Stanley

Bob Henderson

February 16, 2018

The family has my sincere condolences. I knew Bill for many years through my employment with the City of Oshawa. He was a sincere and thoughtful person and I'm sure he will be greatly missed by his family.


February 16, 2018

Bill always a pleasure to be with and talk to a real Gentleman always our condolences to the family.R.I.P.-The Reid Family

Al reddoch

February 16, 2018

What a guy! I'll never forget the wonderful fishing trips with him at the Wedgewood fishing club, I hope he will save me a place at his table up there for me.

Julie and Ron MacMillan of Whitby

February 15, 2018

We are terribly saddened that you 3 Kurelo boys have lost such an amazing dad. Although he had a long life, it's never long enough when you want to continue to hear his voice and see his face. He was bigger than life and will be remembered by so many in Oshawa and Whitby. We think of him often and appreciated his wonderful sense of humour. Our love to your family.....

Cheryl Jones

February 15, 2018

A wonderful Man, always looked forward to his Sunday visits and our chats about movies.Blessed to have known him. My sincere condolences to all of you.
Cheryl Jones