Bill Tait, a resident of the Park Drive Villa in Williamsburg for the past year, passed away at Carefor Hospice in Cornwall on Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 82.
Bill was born in Scott Township, Ont. on Sept. 11, 1932 to his parents, Morris and Evelyn Tait (nee Carnegie).
On Nov. 25, 1950, he married his long-time sweetheart, Dorothy Cummings, at her parents home in Uxbridge, Ont. Together they had three daughters, Lynne, Cathy, and Clara.
Bill and Dorothy raised their family in Toronto, where Bill worked as a labourer, and maintained equipment at Canada Packers.
In 1967, they moved their family back to their home town of Zephyr where Dorothy retired from her job and started raising veal calves, while Bill continued to commute to Toronto.
In 1973, both Bill and Dorothy decided they wanted to make farming a full-time career so they packed up their family once more, moving all of their animals and equipment to the farm on Barkley Road inWilliamsburg Township. There they ran a successful dairy operation for 16 years, even through the hardship of losing their home in a devastating house fire in 1991.
Bill and Dorothy belonged to the Old Time Fiddlers, attending weekly dances without fail regardless of how tired they were or the weather. They made numerous life-long friends.
Upon retirement, Bill and Dorothy took up their passion for travel and hitched up their fifth wheel trailer and toured all through Canada, going in all four directions, and parts of the U.S.
He loved playing cards with his family, teaching all of his girls how to count by showing them how to play cribbage. Many hours were passed playing Canasta and Rummy with his family. In his leisure time, he loved being in his workshop building and constructing furniture, toys, and lawn ornaments. His lawn was always adorned with seasonal decorations much to the delight of his grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, Lynne Casselman (Graham) of RR #1 Williamsburg, Cathy Tupper (Philip) of Boucks Hill, and Clara Erdman (Blair Cooper) of Orleans, and his sister, Lorna Mills (Henry) of Cannington. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Adele, James, Wendy, Adam, Chad, Leslie, Courtney, Ryan, Christian, and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, his brother, Austin, and his sisters, Wilda Sinclair and Aldeen Esau. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sat., Oct. 11 from 10 am until time of the funeral service at 11 am, which was conducted by Rev. Janet Evans, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were James Garlough, Chad Garlough, Ryan Casselman, Adam Erdman, Christian Cooper, and Dan Ramer. The honourary pallbearers were Courtney Garlough, Leslie Erdman, Wendy Casselman, and Adele Cowan.
Donations to the J.W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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