Passed away peacefully, at Stratford General Hospital, with the love of his family on March 29, 2017, of Exeter, at the age of 83. Loving husband and soul-mate of Grace (McLeod) Gilfillan for 62 years. Proud father and hero of Randy (Quinn) and Carolyn, Wendy Gilfillan, Sherry Penhale, Rick and Dody, and Tracy Gilfillan-MacVicar and Colin Campbell. Cherished grandpa and papa to Chad and Kristine Gilfillan, Scott and Cara Gilfillan; Jody Hodgert, Amanda Hodgert; Austin Penhale; Ryan (favourite golfing buddy), and Cassie Gilfillan; Blake, Mason and Lane Gilfillan-MacVicar. Great-grandpa to Mia, Elise, Rhett, Maryn, Declan, Cole, Denver, Lilly Grace, and Billie. Bill will be joining his “favourite” son-in-law Brion Penhale for a round of golf. Survived by siblings Donna and Harvey Smith, Larry Regier, Marion Plunkett, Barb and Rick Elliott, Donna and Bob Lavery, and Dianne and Wayne More. Uncle Bill was loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by many friends in their winter home in Saddlebag Lake Resort, Florida. Predeceased by his siblings infant Ronald, Grant, Jean Mahar, Barbara Regier, Pearl Kirk, George McLeod, and Betty Lang. It was obvious to anyone that knew Bill that his family was his pride and joy. Many people witnessed his generosity and kindness. A successful businessman, volunteer fireman, Legion member, coach, Sunday School teacher, and participant in many volunteer programs in the community. Bill loved to cheer on his Chicago Blackhawks, and was anticipating the upcoming Cleveland Indians season.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at the R. E. Pooley, RCL Branch #167 (Exeter Legion), 316 William Street, Exeter on Sunday, April 9th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter entrusted with arrangements.
Donations to the RCL – R.E. Pooley Branch #167 (Exeter Legion), the Salvation Army, the Stratford General Hospital Foundation – Critical Care Unit, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.