TODEREL, William (Bill) Daniel
Passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 22, 2017.
Bill Toderel was born to Victoria and Andrew Toderel on January1 1935 in Hamilton Ontario. He grew up in Hamilton where he was a fixture in the local youth singing and acting venues and was a key member of the Westdale High School football team (along with CFL hall of famers Russ Jackson and Ron Howell). He later graduated from Ryerson with an electrical certificate and played on the football team.
After graduating he started his career at Dofasco where his father had worked. After rising through the ranks of Westinghouse he began a 2 decade long journey as an entrepreneur, starting several successful businesses. In 1982 he went back to the corporate world as President of Canada for Sprecher and Schuh. He went on to work until he was 78 years old! He was loved by both his customers and employees who fondly referred to him as “Mr. T”.
Despite his busy work schedule, he always found time to coach his son Kevin’s soccer, baseball, and basketball teams and he was a member of multiple association boards. He also pursued his passion for singing and acting throughout his adult years as a part of several singing groups including Justus in Mississauga. He acted is many stage productions including as the legendary Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls in a music theatre group in Vancouver.
Bill leaves behind Sondra aka. “Gitma”, his devoted partner of 13 years, his son Kevin and daughter in law Siew Hon, and his pride and joy Granddaughter Sierra. Bill will be sadly missed by his sister Jean Kattruck, her children and grandchildren as well as many other relatives and numerous friends.
In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. All friends and relatives are invited to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 3 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery and Crematorium, Oakwood Room: 737 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2B5. Condolences may be sent to [email protected].
“He’s just our Bill….an extraordinary guy.”
Farewell my friend. Thank you for all the great advice you gave me. You helped through a very tough time in my life, you inspired me to hold my head up and move forward. You introduced the following phrase, “tough times never last, but tough people do”. I wear this phrase around my neck stamped on a dog tag and I have shared it with many people who have needed the same inspiration that you gave me. Your teachings and kindness will live on. Rest in peace my friend.
Bill, one of the most gracious, kind and trustworthy men I have ever known in my life! He always was thinking of others! He was a great Dad! I watched him go through the years with many obstacles along the way that could have kept most men from singing and dancing for life, Bill kept strong and moved forward. Bill kept his smile and wit through all challenges God gave him. He was a intelligent, caring man! He cared about others, he never (regardless of the situation) said a bad word about others, even though at times, he could. He was a man’s man! He made lemonade out lemons……I was so proud to have known Bill and what he expressed about living to others. Bill will be missed, those that knew him personally will sorely miss him. The one precious moment besides the birth of his son, was meeting Sondra. She was the love of his life, helping add to making his life even more enjoyable. We loved Bill and will miss him terribly. He was a wonderful person. We are proud to call him friend!
Sheri & John Hamm