William Lloyd

Obituary of William Ewart Lloyd

Lloyd, William Ewart (Bill) Born May 1, 1934 in Silver Water, ON (Manitoulin Island). Passed away peacefully on May 22, 2023 at Mariposa House Hospice in Orillia, ON. Pre-deceased by his mother Gladys (Duncanson) 1940, his father William Ewart Lloyd 1964, his sister-in-law Jennifer (Thomson) 1995, his step-mother Alida (St. George) 2012, and his sister Georgina (Wathen) 2019, Bill is remembered with love by his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 70 years, Janet (nee Grant), his four "children" Grant, Sandra, Glenn and Brennain, his sister Pauline (Adams), his brother-in-law James (Grant), their partners, and Bill's grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. Following his marriage to his lifelong love, Janet, on August 8 1953 in Collingwood, their son Grant was born in Ottawa June 1954 while Bill served as a mechanic in the RCAF. Sandra, Glenn and Brennain were born in rapid succession after the family returned to Simcoe County. Bill was a mechanic at Don Wright motors in Collingwood before opening his own service station in nearby Nottawa. Following the total loss of Lloyd's Auto Repair in a fire, Bill joined Mister Transmission in Barrie. In 1968, he opened a transmission shop in North Bay and the family relocated north. Bill enjoyed solving puzzles, antique cars (as an active member of HASC), and stock car racing. The family shared camping in summer and winter vacations at their second home in Port Orange, Florida. Bill and his son Glenn built Sunnydale Speedway in North Bay. Later, Bill and Janet established "Tarps & Canopies", crisscrossing the province together 24/7 selling shade structures for a decade. The couple moved to Barrie around 1990 to be close to their sons Grant (Tricia) and Glenn (Monique), and their first five grandchildren. In 2001, Bill and Janet moved to their "forever home" at Big Cedar Estates on Bass Lake just outside of Orillia where they co-convened shuffleboard and the walking group, and Bill served on the Board of Directors. Bill loved to drive, and could still back up a travel trailer in his late eighties. A useful skill for weekend Bluegrass Festivals! Wintering in Florida (Melbourne and, since COVID, Daytona Beach) and summering in Oro-Medonte, Bill and Janet enjoyed an active retirement lifestyle, keeping in touch with old friends and making new ones along the way. His family thanks Bill's doctors, the Bayshore Nurses, NP Joanne, and the amazing team at Mariposa House Hospice for making him as comfortable as possible. Bill never complained. When asked, even in his final weeks, how he was, his usual response was "Wonderful!" His family agrees! A Celebration of Bill's life will be held in the Big Cedar Clubhouse on Sunday June 4th, 2023 from 2 to 4 pm. If desired, the family would appreciate donations to Mariposa House Hospice (Orillia) in Bill's memory at www.mariposahousehospice.com or by calling the funeral home. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.simcoefuneralhome.ca