William (Bill) Sereda
1924 – 2019
After a very short illness, Dad passed peacefully on October 2/19 at Stratford General Hospital, comforted by his immediate and extended family.
He was born August 5, 1924, near Ringold ON and lived all but the last 15 years of his life on the 5th concession in Raleigh Township, just outside of Chatham ON.
On October 4th, 1952, he married Olga Schuur and made a life with mom on the “5th”, just 2 farms away from where he was raised. Friday October 4th, 2019 would have been their 67th anniversary.
Together, they raised 4 sons; Michael (Cathy), Mark (Shirley), Steven (Joanne) and David (Wendy). Those 4 sons, amongst other accomplishments, blessed Bill and Olga with 8 grandchildren; Andrea (Paul), Matthew (Emily), Jason (Jackie), Will, Alex, Mitchel, Dawson and Hayley and 5 great-grandchildren; Hazel, Beatrice, Finnigan, Otis and Adrienne.
Dad would light up when hearing of the accomplishments of his kids, grandkids and great-grand kids. While in the hospital this last time, he was joking with the older ones and thoroughly enjoying the antics of the younger. He had around him, testaments to the accomplishments of his offspring, pictures of his family and hand drawn “works of art” from his great-grandkids. He truly was proud of and loved them all.
Farming and caring for the land was Dad’s greatest passion. He and Mom farmed actively until the mid 1960’s when, to provide more opportunities for his family, he began working for the Township of Raleigh as a grader operator.
Dad spent much of his working life maintaining the roads of Raleigh Township. Some of our fondest memories are of rides in the grader and checking out what new “reading material” Dad had found in his travels. All of the best news of the township was transmitted through that grader.
To the end, he had a keen interest in farming, machinery and politics. His grasp of the world of the day was uncanny.
Dad achieved one of his greatest goals; outliving his siblings- Karl, George, Walter and Mary!
Dad was never one for ceremony. Honouring his wishes, he has been cremated and, at a future family celebration of his life, his ashes will be spread. A glass or two of Jack will be raised in Dad’s memory, I’m sure.
Thank you to the caring staff at Hillside Manor, Stratford General Hospital and Dr. Dhillon.
A very special thank you to his favourite nieces; Melanie and Pam. He loved you more than you can imagine.
To all of his friends your compassion, support and love are truly appreciated by our family.
Take care Dad, safe journeys. Be sure to get a free hat when you arrive.
We love you.
Cards of condolence can be sent to:
5066 Line 34,
R.R.#5 Stratford, ON
Mom can be reached directly at : (519) 393-8887
No texts or emails please, Mom hates those things!
In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to “Living Space” through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
Living Space is a non-profit corporation dedicated to ending homelessness by providing services, shelter, project coordination and planning in Timmins, Ontario. Living Space operates programs including a 24/7 accessible no-barrier shelter where a range of community partners offers services to help people transition into stable housing. Cheques can be made out to “Living Space” or if requiring a taxable receipt to; “The United Way North East Ontario” with Living Space identified in the memo line.
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