Obituaries & Death Notices
STORRY, William "Bill" John
Published:Apr 25, 2019
Event Date:Apr 24, 2019
STORRY, William "Bill" John It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of William "Bill" John Storry at the well-lived age of 71. Born October 6, 1947 (Cobourg) to Howard Reynolds and Florence Adah Storry (nee Marshman), he and his siblings: Don (deceased), Ken (Alberta), Barbara (deceased), Fred (Alberta) and Joan (Stouffville), grew up in the Stouffville area, where many of Bill's loved traditions originated. He attended Ballantrae Elementary School and Stouffville High School where he was active in sports and showed a knack for the sciences. He tried his hand at chicken catching, trimming Christmas trees and labouring with brick and steel. He met Lubke Bokma on Canada's centennial and they fell in love that summer at nearby Musselman's Lake, marrying November 30, 1968. Together they grew a family in Thornhill, Keswick and Newmarket before settling in Port Bolster where he lived until his passing. Their children Cody, Heidi, Jeremy and Josh and their spouses Tania, Kevin, Gillian and Lori expanded his loved family further with nine grandchildren; Finley, Jude, Rhonan, Kaitlyn, Ty, Gwyneth, Charles, Mavis and Jakkeb. He was proud of them all, loved time with them, their accomplishments and their victories. He especially loved when they stopped in for a visit, be it minutes or hours at -the shop-. Here, he and his boys cleared land and built the place where he grew the gravel trucking business his grandfather had spawned from a dirt bump, a shovel and a truck. Later Bill's father incorporated the company H. R. Storry Ltd., which would become Bill's life; except on Sundays, after the day was done, and for the annual Storry fishing trip. Josh carries on this family business so well known for the two-tone green trucks easily spotted for the past century. As his partner for over 20 years Josh and he worked, argued, and laughed together about everything that is and was Bill. Bill was a proud Canadian, loved bare feet and was a God fearing man who loved to see these in his lineage. The importance of family, integrity, loyalty and doing a great job (be it graded B+) described this loved friend, husband, father and grandfather. He focused on his kids' safety, be it more so with his grandchildren, despite his opposition to a sucky-patch (Band-Aid). Bill was a hardworking man. He always tried to do the right thing and was generous with his time and advice. Bill also loved trees, the sunshine, critters, his heritage, his place, his community and his past. He loved to go for a drive, a ride or a wander. He could whistle really loud, he made you feel appreciated and important, he could make a good list, make a basswood whistle, a good knot, a good joke and a glass empty. He could find a horse quarter, a good deal, an alternate use for a truck part and a way to do things just a little different. Bill joined the Mason's (later; Knights Templar) in 1994, followed by Josh. Bill became Worshipful Master of the King Edward lodge 464, District Deputy Grand Master and Master, in good standing until the end, supporting local and global causes and charities, a continuation of his giving ways. The funeral will be held at 13:00, April 27 with visitation the day prior (14:00 - 16:00 and 19:00 - 21:00) at the O'Neill Funeral Home in Stouffville. You may follow the procession to the Goodwood Cemetery via Musselman's Lake for the burial where Bill will be laid in his final resting place with his early relatives. We also welcome you to join us for a reception following the funeral at Spring Lakes Golf Club (4962 Stouffville Rd) to join his family, share your memories and help us send Bill off in a deserving way. To honour Bill's memory, in lieu of flowers, you may choose to donate to the Port Bolster Baptist Church or the Hospital for Sick Children.
Category: Obituaries & Death Notices
Newspaper(s): Aurora Banner, Georgina Advocate, King Connection, Markham Economist & Sun, Newmarket Era, Richmond Hill Liberal, Stouffville Sun-Tribune, Thornhill Liberal, Vaughan Citizen, East Gwillimbury Express
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