Pinder, William (Bill)

March 22, 1933 – December 31, 2023

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Pinder, almost 91, born in Nottingham, England. He immigrated to Brampton, Ontario, with his parents and sister at 14. In time, he married Barbara; they had two children, Bill and Patty. They moved to Florida, where Bill worked in construction, building pools. He realized he couldn’t support a family on those wages, so he went to the University of Miami to study electrical engineering while he and Barbara continued to work part-time. Upon graduation, Bill worked at UNIVAC for a time, then moved to Unisys. They offered to let him move to Ottawa, Canada. After living in Florida for years, he found the cold weather unbearable and transferred to the Mississauga office as a computer hardware engineer problem-solver.

Bill and his son Bill (Nicole) enjoyed target shooting, going to events in the US and Canada. He helped Patty learn chemistry terms for her studies as a nurse. He was very proud of both his children, and loved being a grandfather to Patty and Peter’s daughters, Pam and Charlene. Sadly, his marriage ended.

He met Elizabeth (Browne) through in 2005 and they married in January 2011. Elizabeth’s children, Phil (Karen) and Bronwen (Todd), became fond of their mother’s husband, and appreciated how well he treated her. They also enjoyed his cooking. He was a man of many talents. He had wit and class, never raised his voice, and learned to play Bridge at Elizabeth’s request. He became a worthy opponent at the table. They spent many happy hours playing weekly at the Dundas Seniors Centre.

Bill’s mother and father, Evelyn and Stanley, and his sister Margaret preceded him. He leaves the love of his life, Elizabeth, and his children, grandchildren, and Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren with memories of being a beloved son, father, and husband. He died peacefully on New Year’s Eve, with Elizabeth (Jeannie) caressing his forehead and holding his hand as he took his last breaths.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, January 7 at 11:00 am, at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas, Ontario. A livestreaming of the service, with a link good for ninety days, will be added, so those who cannot attend can witness the service when they have time. Please check the obituary online for this information.

Special thanks to the people who helped Bill and Elizabeth live with his decline after a compression fracture of L3. Thank you to the paramedics who came many times to pick him up after a fall, the physiotherapist Abe, the PSWs from St. Elizabeth Health, especially BB, Betty, and Sarah B., and Marie-Peŕe Bachand, HHC coordinator who worked so hard to provide the support we needed in his last months.

I thank the staff at St. Peter’s, especially Ashlee, the nurse who helped me say goodbye to Bill in the best way possible. Goodbyes are painful. He didn’t want to leave me. I told him it was time, but I wasn’t ready. It is incredibly hard to let go when you love so deeply. We have memories I will treasure always. You were a wonderful husband to me. Thank you for almost nineteen years of love, my darling Bill.

Donations can be made online to P.I.H. Canada, P.I.H. USA, or to a charity of your choice.

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