William Courtney

William James Courtney

Sunday, June 7th, 1931 - Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Courtney, William James (Bill)
Died peacefully on Thursday April 2, 2020, in Collingwood in his 89th year. Bill was born in Orton Ontario, son of the late Reverend James and Lillian Courtney. Beloved husband of the late Muriel Fatum. Loving and dedicated father of John (Fe Zerna), Lynn (Kevin Daniel), Mary Anne (late Brian Love), Rebecca (Todd Orton) and Gary (Brenda). Cherished grandfather of Stephanie Oates (Stephen Roche), Jessica (Adam Lunn), Brian (Alison) Daniel, Dr. Kaitlyn Orton (Ryan Schmitt) and Car Orton and great grandfather (GPops) of Declan, Sullivan, and Courtney Oates, Lillian and Liam Lunn and Ethan James Daniel. Bill will also be missed by his special friend Carmen Tremblay and family in Quebec. Bill was a dedicated educator teaching 36 years, who was committed to a lifetime of learning. Bill lived an extraordinarily rewarding life filled with travel, curling, golf, fellowship and hosting special traditions and festivities with his entire family. Bill loved to tell stories and his love for piano playing and entertaining made each occasion memorable. He welcomed everyone into his home and treated them like family. He had an amazing sense of humour and was always the life of the party. Bill was an excellent role model for his children and stressed the importance of family, education and having fun which he’s passed down to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gratefully, we had a video meeting with all 5 children to “virtually” say our goodbyes and express our love and gratitude. He continued to be the center of attention to the end! Dad will be forever in our hearts, we will continue to pass his torch and his legacy will always be a part of our heritage.
At some point in the future we will be celebrating the wonderful life of our dear father surrounded by family and friends. If desired, a donation to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation or the South Muskoka Minor Hockey Association ( would be appreciated by his family. To sign Bill’s Book of Memories, please visit
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Brian Clarke

Posted at 09:14am
I came to look forward to an annual day of conversation with Bill, during my family's vacations at Brock's Beach. Bill was such a kind and cheerful, gentlemanly, man. He always had a wave, and a story, and twinkle in his eye. My family will miss him.

Tedd Szalay

Posted at 12:44pm
Tedd Szalay
May on behalf of the many curling colleagues from the WCC and WCCSA express heartfelt condolences to the family. John I have just completed recently a 120 page history research article over 2 years and you have to know that Bill has found a home in the Windsor local history repertoire. I personally as well ,would express my gratitude to the many curling experiences with Bill at local bonspiels not only in southern Ontario but at World competitions held in Scotland Switzerland and Milwaukee are a just few that stand out.The many stories and accounts of Bill could fill a book, but I have included a few excerpts from the curling history book for the record and for the families interest. I had interviewed Bill about a year ago on his visit to Windsor and his contribution was greatly valued.
"Bill Courtney another notable curler who joined the WCC in 1969 and served as the Zone 16 Ontario Curling Assoc. representative from 1982-84.The first OCA West Challenge tournament for the Ontario Tankard trophy was hosted at the WCC which he chaired. With wife Muriel and the Puskas’s won the Essex County Mixed Bonspiel 3 years in a row. Bill was also instrumental in holding the first ice makers clinic at Roseland CC where he joined the WCCSA in1989. When it came to camaraderie, Mr. Entertainment was at the centre of it all.
Description on Pin - 4 HOLER (with 4 circles assumed to be curling rocks and reference to the WCC in small print underneath).
The 4 ‘holer’ pin originated from the old ‘Ice House’ and when they built the new facility on Central in 1962 that tradition followed. Al Coleman (deceased) attended with wife Inez, the sinner’s league at the Detroit CC on Forest Ave. and the team that lost ‘badly’ was awarded the pin. So we really don’t know the precise meaning of the 4 holes? Based on recollections from member Bill Courtney, the pin was awarded to the Sinner team that didn’t score in 4 ends during the game. Later in the ‘City of Windsor’ Bonspiel, it was awarded to the most sociable curler. So was it for curling or partying? Courtney was a recipient of this prestigious award and if you knew Bill at all, it made a lot of sense. It appears that the 4 theories may all be true.
Another curling oddity introduced by Bill to generate activity was called the’ 8-Ball’ league for teachers and retirees. Season’s top team received a mounted Bowling Ball (go and figure?).

Marc et Maso Savard

Posted at 11:27am
C'est avec tristesse que nous avons appris le décèsde notre ami Billl.
De lui,nous avons que de bons souvenirs:Bonne musique belles chansons bonne bouffe et aussi bon vin.
Il va nous manquer.
À ses enfants petits enfants et à Carmen sa compagne nos sincères condoléances.
PS. Si il y a dans l'au-delà du curling,je veux faire partie de son équipe.0

Mike Love

Posted at 10:14am
Gpops playing Santa with Selena and Belabie Christmas 2019. We will miss you.
Crystal, Mike and Belabie

Mike Crystal and Belabie

Posted at 10:06am
GPops we will miss you. You were a shining light and your energy will be felt through the ages. We love you and will miss you. Be at peace.
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