JEFFREY, William Robert
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1919 - 2013
Passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at St. Anne's Veterans Hospital, St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec. Predeceased in 2000 by the love of his life, Doreen Henley, a British War Bride whom he married in 1945 in England. Loving father to Jeanne (Patrick Masterson) of Montreal, Janice (William Gatfield) of Calgary and Robert of Windsor (predeceased in 2009). Cherished Grandfather to Meghan Masterson (Derek Folmer) of Buckinghamshire, England, Conan Masterson of London, Ontario, Bill Gatfield (Chandi Frank) of Calgary, Kaila Gatfield (Travis Wright) of Calgary, and Emily Jeffrey and Ben Jeffrey (mother, Wendy Jeffrey) of Windsor. Great-Grandfather to Paisley and Ethan Gatfield, Owen and Loïc Folmer and Ty and Lily Wright. William, or Jeff as he was known, was born in Galt, Ontario. During WWII he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps with the 24th Field Ambulance unit attached to the 5th Armoured Division, serving in Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and England from 1941-45. He was one of the renowned D-Day Dodgers and proud of it. After the war, he returned to Galt and soon after moved to Windsor, Ontario with his young family and began his long career with the Windsor Star as a printer. He retired in 1984. He was a long- time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12. A quiet and private man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, darts and photography. After spending most of his life in Windsor, he moved to the Veteran's Hospital in Quebec in 2010. Heartfelt thanks to this wonderful hospital for war veterans and especially the 7th floor staff who took such exquisite care of him in his last years. He was such a proud veteran and it gave him comfort to be surrounded by other men and women who had spent their young lives serving along side him. In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and his and his wife's ashes will be interred together in the National Field of Honour in Point Claire, Quebec.
Rest in peace, Dad. We love you.
Published in The Windsor Star from Mar. 4 to Mar. 6, 2013