William C. (Bill) Tiddy, 80
February 8, 1940-April 4, 2020
William Clarence (Bill) Tiddy will be buried in his hometown of Butte on May 15, 2021.
Bill is coming home to Butte. Bill's wife, Marnie (Millard) Tiddy, and his family will join Fr. Patrick Beretta in celebrating the Burial service of the Catholic Church at Holy Cross Cemetery, where he will be buried near his beloved parents, Ralph P., and Mary C. Tiddy.
Like many Butte people, Bill was a delightful blend of the Irish and Cornish families who came to Butte to work in the productive mines in the late 19th century, (plus Irish and German from his mother's homesteading family).
Bill, himself worked in the mines when he was attending the Montana School of Mines. He was honored in his senior year with being second team all-conference center, and the most valuable player on the football team. Before Montana Tech, Bill attended Immaculate Conception grade school and Boys' Central.
He credited Butte with giving him a great education and a strong work ethic, which started with his paper route in 7th grade. His Butte childhood, and his parents' guidance gifted Bill with unique blends of gentleness and toughness (when necessary), playfulness and peacefulness. These were some of the traits that enabled him to be successful in life as he pursued his career, as well as being devoted to his family and religious life.
Bill always remembered his roots with pride. The following are some of the most important lessons Bill felt that he'd learned (and he practiced them).
Love and Trust your family.
Study, Study, Study,
Work and be honest.
Treat others like you want to be treated.
Prayers work wonders.
Following is Bill's Obituary from the Montana Standard April 6, 2020
Butte, Montana native, William (Bill) Tiddy, passed away recently in Trophy Club, Texas, after a long battle with mesothelioma. Bill was born in Butte, in 1940, to Ralph and Mary (Berberet) Tiddy. Bill was a proud graduate of the Montana School of Mines, where he majored in Metallurgical Engineering, and played four years of college football.
While in school, Bill met and married the love of his life, Marnie Millard. Bill and Marnie raised three wonderful children together, Patty Sue, Ralph and Michael.
Following his mines graduation, Bill began a career-long journey, working in various smelters around the Midwest. Bill was a very generous man and loved giving back to his community by being a member of charity organizations, church boards, and youth sporting leagues.
In more recent years, Bill spent time wintering in Phoenix with Marnie, golfing, visiting their children, and spoiling the grandchildren. Bill never met a stranger, and missed no opportunity to share his love for his family. His fondest times with his three children were going to hockey games with Patty, trout fishing with Ralph, and tailgating at college football games with Michael. As often as possible, Bill would attend his grandchildren's sporting events and beam with pride.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mary Tiddy.
Bill is survived by his wife and best friend, Marnie; daughter, Patty Sue, (Steve) of Keller, Texas; son, Ralph (Carla) of Rolla, Missouri; son, Michael (Judy) of Southlake, Texas; sister, Donna Gross, Calgary, Canada; sister, Mary Pat (Gary) Griswold in the Seattle area; sister, Suzanne Tiddy, in Gresham, Oregon; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Bill's wishes were to be cremated with a final resting place in Butte, Montana.