May 22, 1950 – June 24, 2019
Rankin, William Cahill “Callie” – In his 69th year, surrounded by his family, courageously on his own terms, William Callie Rankin passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. During his remarkable life he surrounded himself with the things that he loved the most, family, friends, and horses. In his legendary career training horses, he earned just over 3700 wins. Flamboro Downs was his home racetrack and it was here that he dominated the titles of trainer and driver of the year for nine consecutive years. He dedicated his life to the racing industry not only training, driving and owning but also passing his wisdom and advice to others especially with his blacksmith abilities. He put a smile on everyone’s face with a joke or a welcoming hug. One of his favorite racing memories was purchasing Brawn Seelster and proving that they were a winning combination. Born in North Sydney, NS to Peggy and Donald Rankin the importance of family was instilled in him his whole life. He made sure that his love for his sisters and brothers was always obvious and a priority. Predeceased by his brother Joey, survived by Sonny, Donna, Darlene, Mary Lou, Donnie, and Theresa. His wisdom, morals, and love were generously passed on to his daughters and their partners Jeanette and Lou Fazari, Jennifer and Daryl Blyth, Amber and Patrick Shepherd, Lindsay and Tom Lacroix. His teachings will continue to grow and be evident through his nine grandchildren Callie, Reese, Harleigh, Woodson, Jarvis, Chase, Keisel, Zachary, and Mason who he saw as his greatest achievement. He shared 47 years of happy marriage to the love of his life Brenda. He cared and loved her and cherished every minute they had together. He was one of a kind, the real deal and he will be dearly missed. Visitation is Tuesday, July 2nd at Turner Funeral Home at 53 Main Street, Dundas from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral will take place Wednesday, July 3rd at St. Augustine’s Church, 58 Sydenham Street, Dundas at 11:00 a.m. A celebration of life to follow in Cape Breton this summer, details will be announced. If you so wish, donations to The Lung Association or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.