Obituary of William "Bill" Neff
Funeral Mass livestream link:
It is with heavy hearts, that we announce, the passing of William “Bill” Fredrick Neff, age 92, of Chatham, on Friday, May 5, 2023. Beloved husband and best friend, for 70 years, of Donna (Grocott) Neff.
Born in Chatham in 1930, son of the late Mary Jane (McNichol) and Fredrick Neff.
Loving father of Deb (Art) Strohm, Sandy (Trevor) Richardson, Michael (Tammy) Neff, Sally Neff and John Neff. Proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mary Jane (Ralph) Pyne, sister-in-law Mary Joyce (Aldeo) Rossignol and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Betty (Don) Mahon, Peggy (Ray) Moore, Pat (Jim) Wimpress and his brother-in-law Allan (Vi) Grocott.
Dad was a hard worker and worked many jobs, while raising our family. A welder by trade, he owned a welding business, making many ornamental railings and fences, in the area. The Legion archway and fence, at Maple Leaf Cemetery were some of his creations. He worked as a lineman, for the Chatham Hydro, for 18 years.
He also formed and played drums, in two bands, the Playboys and Bill Neff & the Bluenotes. Served on the Catholic School Board, as well as, Secretary-Treasurer & later President, of the Musicians Union. Then, he and Mom, bought a variety store and renamed it, Neff’s Kwik Stop. Their last adventure was Indian Creek Golf Course. This was his dream job and he was famous for his charity tournaments and scrambles, over the years.
They employed exceptional workers, who they truly appreciated. Many lifelong friends, were made throughout the years. Mom and Dad travelled a lot and especially loved their yearly Florida vacations, made even better, when joined by family and friends.
Mom was the love of his life and family was his greatest joy.
Dad enjoyed his life, to the fullest. Always there to help and support us all. Always there with sound advice, a quick remark, or a joke. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Special thank you, to the wonderful staff, at Copper Terrace and their previous home, Grand Retirement. We appreciate all you do!
Friends and relatives may visit at Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham (519-352-5120) on Friday May 12, 2023 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 pm.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday May 13, 2023 at 11AM in Blessed Sacrament Church.
Funeral mass will be livestreamed at the following link: https://youtube.com/live/lT15SAIdFEQ?feature=share
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
In Loving Memory
William "Bill" Neff
1930 - 2023
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