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William "Bill" Barber

September 21, 1937 — August 9, 2021


The family sadly announces the death of Bill, on Monday, August 9, 2021, in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Brunton). Loving father of Heather Hill, Patty Jones and husband Glenn. Most proud grandfather of Connor Jones, Nicholas Hill, Lachlan Hill, Cooper Hill, and Vanessa Jones. Brother-in–law of Barbara Bowlby (nee Brunton) and wife Mary Jo Thompson, and John Brunton and wife Franny. Dear uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews, and fondly remembered by many friends.

Bill was first and foremost a family man. He grew up in Toronto and attended De La Salle College and Ryerson College (University) where he completed his Architectural Technology course. He worked for many Architectural firms in Toronto before moving to Muskoka where he loved designing boathouses and cottages on the Lakes. Muskoka was in his blood after spending summers at Elgin House as a child, then buying a cottage on Lake Joseph with Nancy for their family to enjoy during the summer. Eventually Bill and Nancy made Muskoka their permanent home so that their family and grandchildren could enjoy the same wonderful experience all year long.

Bill loved golfing at the MLGCC with friends over the years and enjoyed sitting on the patio with his family for lunch or enjoying dinner in the dining room with extended family and friends. Few may have also known that Bill loved his train set that he built over many years.

Special thanks for the kind and excellent care received at Soldiers Memorial Hospital from the Kidney Care Dialysis team over the past many years as well as during his last days.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private celebration of Bill’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation of Canada and can be arranged through Reynolds Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories can be shared at

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