William "Bill" Orlowski

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  • "Bill possessed a dancer's courage and a poet's heart - a..."
    - Scott Smith
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ORLOWSKI, William "Bill" —

Passed away suddenly on October 22, 2016. A talented and creative performer, who created Canada's National Tap Dance Company, as well as his "Shoes with Wings." Bill had suffered for the last several years with a devastating and crippling disease 'Dystonia' (an inherited degenerative form of Parkinson's). He bore this affliction with courage and humour, turning his efforts to increase understanding of its effects (a particularly cruel condition for this talented and internationally celebrated tap dancer) and trying to raise funds for his treatment. Beloved brother of David (Colleen) McCombs, Jennifer (George) Dannewald and Michael (Christina) Orlowski. He will be missed by his numerous nieces and nephews, and his many friends in the World of Dance. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Neweduk-Erin Mills" Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (just east of Erin Mills Pkwy.) on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. For those who wish donations may be made to the Toronto Western Hospital for Dystonia Research. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca


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Turner & Porter Neweduk-Erin Mills Chapel
1981 Dundas Street W
Mississauga, ON L5K 1R2
(905) 828-8000
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Published in the Toronto Star from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2016