Obituary of Bill Heathcote
Heathcote: William Fredrick
A resident of Blenheim,(William) Bill Heathcote passed away December 1st, 2022 at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, at the age of 79.
Born in Chatham, ON, Bill Heathcote was the son of Joseph and Josephine (Pelkey) Heathcote.
Beloved husband of 53 years to Karen Heathcote,(nee Turner).
Survived by his two daughters, Virginia (Brian) Steptoe of Chatham,ON, Elizabeth (Jeremy Gore) Bowen of Blenheim, ON; predeceased by his daughter, Heather Heathcote (1981).
Bill will be greatly missed by his siblings:Josephine Wellington (Albert) , Janis, and the late John Stokes, Cindy Fenton (David), Joseph Heathcote (Janis), Theodore Heathcote (Valerie), Thomas Heathcote and his wife Pam, Patrick Heathcote, Robert Heathcote (Ping Lee), John Heathcote (Laurie), Virginia Russell (Scott), predeceased by Katherine Heathcote, and John Heathcote.
Bill worked at the Navistar International plant in Chatham,ON, since he was 19. He worked as an experimental engineer, specializing in Fiberglass Development; achieveing great success in his chosen field. Towards retirement Bill chose a new chapter and gave his time with the Commissionaires . He loved spending his free time pursuing projects through his passion of woodworking, and entertaining the local nursing homes residents with his big smile while he played his accordion, accompanied by his cousin Rodney Smith on guitar. His time with, and dedication to the Blenheim 291 Bomber Squadron of Air Cadets will always be held close to his memory. Bill loved and cherished all the moments spent with his family, his friends, and his community.
Donations made in memory of William to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated.
Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com
McKinlay Funeral Home
141 Park Street, Blenheim