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On Monday, March 23, 2020, William G. Worden, better known as Bill, passed away at Northumberland Hills Hospital at the age of 81.
Bill was born on March 14, 1939, in Cobourg, ON to George and Lillian (Prestidge) Worden. Bill was a dry cleaner for more than 45 years, and was best known for his time at Dunn Cleaners in downtown Cobourg. On April 19, 1975, he married his best friend, Nancy Carole Brooks, and they raised their daughter in Cobourg with several four-legged furry family members throughout the years.
Bill had a genuine love for the game of golf and all animals, which could be seen over the years as he owned guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, and always had a dog by his side. There were not many evenings Bill was not seen out on the course after work, at Dalewood Golf & Curling Club, with his daughter and/or friends playing a quick 9 back in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. Golf was a sport the entire family enjoyed together, and led to many memories and lasting friendships throughout the years. The relationship between a father and his daughter is sacred and one of a kind, but the one Kristine had with her father was immeasurable and easily witnessed by all that knew them. They were best friends and competitors in all endeavors and truly brought out the best in one another. He will be deeply missed. Those who knew Bill enjoyed a man with an easy smile, a great sense of humor, and a knack for telling stories. He was a man full of love for his family and friends and was always there to help anyone in need.
Bill spent the past four years at Regency Manor Retirement Home in Port Hope, and he enjoyed the care and friendship of many of the staff. He would want Des, Christina, Victoria & Sally to know they were held in high regard by him, as well as many others. Another very important care giver in his life was Tammy Knox ~ he would want her to know how thankful he was to have her in his life helping him maintain his independence, and for their friendship.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, George, his mother, Lillian and his beloved wife Nancy of whom he enjoyed 40 plus years of marriage with, facing the rough patches and enjoying the many triumphs together. He is survived by his daughter, Kristine, additional family members and close friends. Due to the ever changing times we are currently living in, and Bill’s wishes, there will be no Celebration of Life. He celebrated his life every day he lived through the love of his friends and family. Memorial donations may be made to the Northumberland Hills Hospital ~ a big thank you for all of your help over the past few months, especially to the Nurses on Unit 1A (Rehab in December) & 1B (Restorative Care for February & March).
I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was an amazing man. I worked at Regency. Bill and I shared many, many conversations and lots of sweets :-) I know you were the light in his eye! You and I had met right before he went on the trip Florida. He was so excited. I hope you are doing well. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss. Kim
So sorry to hear of your father's death. My deepest sympathies in these hard times.
I am sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of your dad from Dunn Cleaners.Thinking of your family at this time. Cathy
Dear Krissy, It was with great sadness that I read of your Dad's passing. Bill was a real character and I well remember him from days at Dalewood and later when he came to work at Weetabix. My daughter still uses the putter that he made for me! Please accept my deepest sympathies at your loss. Regards, Malcolm Blackburn
Seeing Bill face on his many trips to Metro always brought a smile. He would initial walk over on his own to buy plants and treats. Then sit in the bench to get a ride back to Regency. His smile is missed.
Dear Krissy, Just wanted to tell you, my family is thinking about you at this time. Mostly to do with that game of golf!! Sincerely, Elaine, Gary, Rebecca and Alicia.
Kristine, I always had lots of laughs with your dad at the alleys, sometimes the legion after bowling...or at Dunns Cleaners. He always had a great smile, my condolences to you and your family.
Kristine, this is such a beautiful tribute to your father; he loved you dearly. It was our pleasure to care for him in the final months of his life that were such a struggle for him. Thinking of you at this difficult time when the ability to be with your dad was taken from you by the closing of the border just before he died. Please know he was always surrounded by caring staff.
Dear krissy I am so sorry for your loss. Many times think about your mom and dad. Take care. Carol Jones
Bill worked for me as a cleaner at Weetabix. I have nothing but pleasant memories in all my dealings with Bill. Easy-going and a true gentleman. I am still using the golf clubs he made me. We shared many laughs and stories. His main theme was definitely Kristine, whom he always spoke about with the love and prideof a father!!
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation
Bill and us became close friends 50+ years ago when we bowled together at the Spencer Street allies. When we got married Bill was in our wedding party. He spent many evenings with us, having dinner and watching hockey on tv. Bill wanted to play golf and asked Mike to join him at Barcovan Golf Club in Carrying Place. After Bill met Nancy and they got married and had Krissy our families remained very close friends. As the kids got older and developed different interest our close relationship dwindled but always in our hearts remained very good friends. Rest in peace old friend. We are very sorry for your loss Krissy and I know you still think of the Smith family as your family. The feeling is mutual. Love Aunt Glenda and Uncle Mike
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Enjoyed visiting with him and your mom when they visited you in Paragould. Love vanetta
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing many memories of him at Dunn Cleaners
I loved hearing about the way hockey used to be played!!!!He drank his coke & I drank my adult beverages. He's watching good hockey again in heaven. Lov ya Krissy
Sending many thoughts and condolences to you and your family Bill and Krissy. I think of really funny conversations we had over the years when we were in college many laughs share together some of those stories I’ll never forget you were an exemplary human being in the way you treated other people and I know Krissy is proud of that. Sending warm hugs after your new journey and love
Krissy, Just wanted to send our thoughts and prayers to you and to let you know we will miss your Dad very much. Hugs Mary Anne & family
He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME