William Batterbee

September 20, 1923 - April 24, 2017

William (Bill) Batterbee, often nicknamed The Governor by his close friends, passed away peacefully in Port Hope on Monday evening, April 24, 2017.

Born in Newcastle, England, Bill lived an adventurous life.  He served in the British Army during and after WWII, immigrating to Canada in 1957 with his wife Muriel and young Brenda and Michael.  Hard work, determination and extraordinary kindness for others came naturally to Bill, and he eventually became a lithographer at Herzig Somerville Limited and excelled in his trade.

Bill and Muriel travelled extensively, retired early and found contentment in their life in Cobourg.

Brenda and Michael, grandchildren Natsumi and Mioi, his extended family and many friends in Canada and abroad will always lovingly remember him.  Bill’s innate emotional intelligence, wise council, and tins of cookies when cheer was needed ensured the affection of all. 

After Muriel’s passing in 1998, Bill was fortunate to find love with Joyce Harvey, with whom he continued to travel, enjoy Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre adventures, and cross Canada by train to Victoria during the brisk winter months.

We are grateful to Extendicare Port Hope staff and Community Care Northumberland hospice volunteers for their dedicated care during Bill’s final challenging years.

Bill always supported the Cobourg hospital and any donations in his name would be gratefully appreciated.

On Sunday, June 4th there will be a celebration of Bill’s life between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at MacCoubrey’s Funeral Home Reception Centre, 30 King Street East, Cobourg, Ontaraio  905-372-5132. A time of reflection and thanksgiving for Bill's life will take place at 2:00 pm.

Brenda and Michael may be reached at:

Brenda Sawada, 2656 West42nd Avenue, Vancouver BC V6N 3G5 Canada - 604-263-5858


Michael Batterbee, 5-343 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON M4K 1N7 Canada - 416-347-7108


Please let us know by return email whether you will be joining us.

Celebration of Life
Sunday June 4th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre, Cobourg

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