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Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel

75 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON

OBITUARY

William Richard Woodruff

October 4, 1968August 24, 2019
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WOODRUFF, William Richard Friday October 4, 1968 - Saturday, August 24, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear brother Bill, on August 24, 2019. Always the bright light in every room, Bill's kindness and humour was enjoyed by all. Bill was predeceased by parents Nancy and Samuel Woodruff, beloved twin brother to Sally (Alan) Buxton, sisters Catherine (Bill) Flight, Melissa (Tom) Lay and brother Sam Woodruff. He will be fondly remembered by his niece Hannah Buxton (Cruise) and nephews Matthew Buxton (Emily), Mitch and Mike Flight (Danielle), they were the apple of his eye. Bill had a wide circle of friends and office co-workers who will miss his engaging presence and his wonderful smile.

Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines, on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A Celebration of his life will take place on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a charity of ones choice would be appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 30, 2019

Memories

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kevin dykstra

September 19, 2019

my dear friend you are so missed....miss our calls and msgs rip my friend hugs alsways

Cheryl Meaney

September 15, 2019

Loved by everyone who knew him.


Parry Zimmerman

August 30, 2019

One of the most poignant memories I have of Will was the times we shared together at a dear old artist friend of ours named Gordon McNamara in the 90’s. Many a warm lit evening we sat in his mahogany-hued, studio-like living room with its profound sense of artistic history recounting funny stories and gossipy tales for Gordon’s benefit. Gordon enjoyed this very much and there were many times we made him throw his head back with generous laughter. But nobody could make Gordon laugh like Will. Nobody. He had a wonderful, wicked sense of humour. And that smile. That brilliant wattage smile. Those memories are among the fondest I have of Will. And Gordon too. I miss them both very much and it saddens me that they have passed on from this world. They were both two bright shining lights and I feel the world is a little duller now without their beautiful spirits. What brings me comfort, however, is knowing that Will is somewhere keeping company with Gordon—wherever they may be—making him laugh and telling him fantastic and funny tales once again. Rest in peace, dear Will, you are very much missed.

All My Love
Parry

Allan Bell

August 30, 2019

I was lucky enough to know Bill for almost 15 years. He was a light always. His smile would light up an entire room.
He was kind and full of compassion.
He will be missed.
So many of us are still reeling from the loss of Bill.
May your memories help you at this very difficult and sad time.
with sympathy
Allan

Scott Schroeter

August 29, 2019

Bill was usually the first person I'd see and say 'good morning' to at work these past few years. He was always in a good mood and we'd often chat about our evening prior and what trashy television shows we had watched. I will miss starting off my day like that!

Rest in peace my friend!!

Laurie Stevenson Bullock

August 29, 2019

Bill Woodruff, you were so loved by all who knew you. I doubt you even realized the magnitude of lives you touched. We are all very blessed to have known you. Until we meet again, my friend!

Brenda Heath

August 29, 2019

My condolences to the Woodruff family.

Jayne Russell

August 29, 2019

The first time I met Bill was in the laundry room of our building. I had just moved to Toronto and knew very few people. He was so friendly and helpful in showing me how to use the equipment. He had me laughing in 5 minutes.

When we left to catch the elevator, we found out we lived on the same floor and were neighbors. We became wonderful friends after that and Bill took me under his wing and showed me Toronto and introduced me to his many friends and family Sally and Alan and the Buxton clan.

The thing I remember most about Bill is his kindness and the way we laughed uncontrollably whenever we were together. Laughter that brought tears to our eyes.

My tears today are filled with sadness, losing Bill, never seeing his sweet smile or hearing his giggle again. I will always keep his memory close to my heart and will love him forever.

Sweet dreams dear Bill.

Kerrigan Carbol

August 29, 2019

One of my favourites...the photo says it all.

Kerrigan Carbol

August 29, 2019

What words can I say to you that we haven't already said my forever loving best friend and soulmate on this earth?

Your radiance shone brighter than the brightest star. Your essence is etched forever in my soul. The way that you sparkled in every room you walked into - and the way you made every single person that knew you feel like they were the center of a loving universe - is like nothing I have ever met.

I will miss you forever, Bill....it is the ongoing memory of your love that will forever keep me strong even on the days ahead without you that I know will be so incredibly heavy to pass through.

You, are wihout a doubt, one of the most special people I have ever known in this lifetime and missing you is a reminder of just how much you were loved by all you did in your time here.

You are forever blessed - until we meet again for another soul hug that only can be shared with you. P.S. right after that I'll tickle you until you can't stand up for leaving me here first.

I will always love you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for sharing your love with me. Say a big hello to your Mom, Jeffe's Mom, DC and all those that got there first you adored that adore you too.

Forever,
Kerrigan

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Biography

WOODRUFF, William Richard
Friday October 4, 1968 - Saturday, August 24, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear brother Bill, on August 24, 2019. Always the bright light in every room, Bill's kindness and humour was enjoyed by all. Bill was predeceased by parents Nancy and Samuel Woodruff, beloved twin brother to Sally (Alan) Buxton, sisters Catherine (Bill) Flight, Melissa (Tom) Lay and brother Sam Woodruff. He will be fondly remembered by his niece Hannah Buxton (Cruise) and nephews Matthew Buxton (Emily), Mitch and Mike Flight (Danielle), they were the apple of his eye. Bill had a wide circle of friends and office co-workers who will miss his engaging presence and his wonderful smile.

Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines, on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A Celebration of his life will take place on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a charity of ones choice would be appreciated.