William (Bill) Begg passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital at the age of 90 on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 following a brief illness. He was born in Ellon, Scotland on September 15, 1930 to Charles Begg and Mary Begg (nee Massie). He was the cherished husband of his wife of 67 years, Helen Jane Begg nee Cattanach. He is survived by his daughter Sandy Begg-McKay (Roger Kahle) and son Iain Begg (Claudette). Grandchildren Kendall McKay (Graham Patrick), Kyle Begg (Amy) and Courtney Begg (Joey Reaume) and Great Grandchildren Cole McKay, Zoey Wilker and Sean Begg. He is also survived by brothers Donald and Jim Begg and sister Isobel Hay and brother in laws James Cattanach (Helen), Bob Murray, Gus Gaskin and sister in law Evelyn Cattanach in Scotland. He was pre-deceased by sisters Mollie, Christina and Irene and brothers John and Walter.
Bill was trained as a gardener and worked on dairy farms in Scotland before moving his family to Canada in February, 1965. He started working on a farm in Staffa and then moved into Stratford and worked at Standard Products, Switzers as a foreman and ended his full time career at the City of Stratford as a custodian at the Police Station. Never one to sit still, Bill continued to work at several part time jobs in retirement. He helped with marking soccer fields for Minor Soccer and at the Stratford Festival parking tour buses. Bill also volunteered the past few years at the Annual Kettle Drive at Christmas.
Bill was a recipient of the Rotary Club’s, Paul Harris award for his dedication and volunteerism at the Annual Rotary Silver Stick Hockey Tournament. He was an original organizing member of the tournament. Every Boxing Day he would be down at the arena in the wee hours of the morning to register teams for the event and stayed for its duration watching teams play. He loved hockey, although he never played himself, and coached teams and convened leagues in the Rotary Hockey League. He was always fondly remembered by players he coached and who he shared his love of the game with.
Bill was a regular and a season ticket holder at Culliton/Warrior Hockey games on a Friday night. He sat with friends in the top corner, which they dubbed the “Coach’s Corner” and spent many happy hours there re-hashing games and sharing opinions. Bill loved playing golf and was a member at the Municipal Golf Course for many years. He introduced that game to his grandson and great grandson and they both played many rounds of golf with their Papa. He always loved watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play hockey, soccer, baseball, give a speech, play music, whatever was their passion, he was there to support them.
Bill was a member of the Stratford Lakeside Adults Association and spent many fun filled hours at the woodworking shop and participating in other activities at the centre. He always had a new project on the go and he loved making things for his family and others. Bill loved decorating his yard at Christmas and made many of those decorations at the wood shop. He won several Christmas Light It Up Stratford awards for his creativity. Bill was a handyman extraordinaire and there was nothing he couldn’t help us fix around our homes.
Bill lived life to the fullest and gave back to his community. Above all he was a dedicated family man. He was always ready to help his family in any way he could. He will be dearly missed. He was simply the best Husband, Dad and Papa.
Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kettle Drive-at the Salvation Army, the Heart and Stroke Association, or the charity of one’s choice.
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