WALDRON, Cdr. William James
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"Bill" CD BComm MA Economics
Born Sept. 15, 1922 in Brantford, ON and passed at home in Essex on Friday, February 14, 2014 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Thelma (nee Wighton) (2011). Proud father of Lois Copley, (Essex); David (Calgary); late Keith (2002); Clifford Clark and wife Wilma (Spruce Grove, AB). Cherished Grandpa of Corey, Lindsay, Nicole and Casey (all of Alberta) and Great Grandpa of Jetton of Alberta. Dearest brother of late Margaret Woolley, late Jack (Janine), late Jean Thompson (late Terry), Mary Patis (late Larry), Ronald Waldron (Jackie). Dear brother-in-law of Jim Wighton (Tecumseh). William served in the RCN in WWII from 1942-45 on the HMCS Barrie on Convoy Duty in the North Atlantic. After marrying Thelma in December 1951, he signed on for an additional 3 year term in Quebec City with the RCN. In 1961, he was second in command of the University Naval Training Division at the HMCS Hunter and was also a Lt. Commander at Naval Base Cornwallis, NS in the summer of 1964. He retired from RCNR at the rank of Commander. After serving his country in WWII, he completed his BComm with honours at University of Toronto and then went on to achieve his Master of Arts in Economics with honours. He began his teaching career at Essex District High School and progressed to other secondary schools in the area and then became Professor of Economics at St. Clair College, heading the Business Department before retiring in 1984. Upon retirement, he acquired his Financial Planning Designation and worked several years with Tillican Financial. He served 18 years as a Director with Woodslee Credit Union. He was a long time member of the Masons with the Parviam- Central, Lodge #395 Essex since 1961. Also a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 201, Essex, a life member of the RCNR and the Naval Officer's Association. He was also elected as Councillor for the Town of Essex. William was also instrumental in developing the St. Clair College Retired Teacher's Association. During his tenure at St. Clair College, he was the Assistant Coach for the St. Clair College Saints hockey team for several years. His passion for hockey led him to serve as President of Essex Minor Hockey, as well as playing Monday night hockey for the Essex Legion for several years. He coached the Essex Bantams for years, culminating in a Provincial Championship in 1967-68. With the Essex 73's, he served as treasurer on the Executive for 10 years, witnessing many championships throughout those years. Mr. Waldron was very proud of many players he coached that went on to play in the NHL. William was humble, a true gentleman and mentor to many. His children idolized him and all of his accomplishments. Mr. Waldron will be forever missed by all the people; young and old, who had the priviledge of knowing him. Visiting at the
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre,
87 Maidstone Ave. E, Essex
on Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Royal Canadian Naval funeral under the Auspices of the W.V.M.S.C. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11 am. Rev. Stan Fraser officiating. Masonic Memorial Service Friday 7:30 pm. Private family interment. If desired, memorial donations made to Essex Minor Hockey or the charity of choice would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at
Published in The Windsor Star from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2014