Bernard Henry William (Bill) Albers of Brinston passed away peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Fri., Aug. 16, 2013, at Kemptville District Hospital. He was in his 76th year.
He was born on Nov. 8, 1937 at Emmen, The Netherlands to the late Bernard Hienrick Albers and Maria Helena Valke. When Bill was a teenager, his family emigrated from Klazeinaveen, The Netherlands to Canada where they settled in Alberta. He later moved to the Brinston area, where he owned and operated Bill’s Refrigeration and Repairs for more than 25 years.
Bill will be sadly missed by his wife, Alberta (Steele-Richards), his son, Joe (Irene) of Iroquois, and his daughters, Louise of Cornwall, Sharon Van Bridger (Greg) of Morrisburg, and Linda of Cornwall. He will also be missed by his brother, Ben of Iroquois. He will be dearly missed by stepdaughters, Betty-Ann Jeffery (Allen) of Stittsville, Brenda DeJong (Ed) of Winchester Springs, and stepsons, David Richards (Kathy) of Chesterville, Ron Richards (Myra) of Calgary, Don Richards (Elle) of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Scott Richards (Tammy) of Lansdowne. Grandpa/Poppa will be missed by 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, as well as two expected great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brothers, Bernard of Holland, John of Nova Scotia, Henry of Brockville, Martin of Brinston, and George of Cornwall, and sisters, Alaida of Holland, Catherine (Kitty) of Holland, Ann Westover of Barwick, and Mary Palmer of Brockville. Uncle Bill will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Mon., Aug. 19 at the Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836). A funeral mass was held at the Mountain Township Agriculture Hall on Tues., Aug. 20. The pallbearers were Bradley Wylie, Rick Albers, Don Richards, David Richards, Dean McDermott, and Danny Ault.
By family request, donations may be made to the Dundas County Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of choice.
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