Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Bluewater Health, William Frederick Mann passed away at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Annette (née Woelk) for 70 years. Loving father of Cheryl Wark, Bill (Lorrie) Mann, Patricia Mann-Bentley (Barry Bentley) and Brian Mann (Dina Zurawski). Cherished grandfather of Jennifer (Marcel) Paquette, Jason (Jen) Wark, Jamie (Wendy) Wark, Michael (Kelly) Mann, Christopher Mann (Amber Stone), Nicholas Male (Ashley DiBona), Tyler Male (Shannon Cavanaugh), Chad Bentley (Amanda Radychewsky), Kelsy Bentley (Mike Campanale), Eric Guthrie, Haley Mann (Dan Yorsh) and Bryce Mann. Treasured great-grandfather of many great-grandsons and great-granddaughters. Dear brother of Murray (the late Donna) Mann of St. Catherines; and survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Jack and Florence Mann, his sister Dolores Grimes, his parents-in-law Henry and Elizabeth Woelk, his brother-in-law Hank (Helen) Woelk, his sisters-in-law Louise (Lyle) Drummond and Irma Woelk-Smith (Bud Smith); and his sons-in-law Steve Dionne, Steve Male and Jim Wark. Bill was born in Sarnia on August 6, 1929. In 1945, he met the love of his life Annette in an employment line at the Heinz Factory in Leamington. They got married in 1947, and moved back to Sarnia. Bill worked at Cabot Carbon for over 35 years and retired in 1990. He was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Church in Sarnia, Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 62, the Optimist’s Club and the Sarnia Air Cadets. Bill loved his community, and dedicated his life to Sarnia youth. He was very involved with the Neighbour Improvement Board, and spearheaded the campaign to build a pool in Tecumseh Park. Bill, along with his wife Annette, founded and organized the Sarnia Marching Angels Drum and Bugle Corp, an all-girl drum corp, in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, 1885 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the War Amps, Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).
William Frederick Mann
VisitationFamily and friends will be received on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
ServiceA funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, 1885 London Line, Sarnia.
DonationsSympathy may be expressed through donations to the War Amps, Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).
Harry van Klaveren
January 13, 2018 10:43am
Dear Annette and Family, my deepest sympathy to all of you.
Fond memories of Bill in our time together at Cabot.
You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers.
Monica Trapani (Kalinski)
January 12, 2018 05:19pm
Dear Annette, Blessings are sent your way for a glimpse of peace in your heart, during this difficult time of loosing your wonderful husband, Bill. His memory with the "Marching Angels" will always remain with me. I was a part of your group during my pre and highschool years. I can not thank you and your husband enough, for beginning this marching band. Fond memories of all the parades throughout Canada (Expo-Montreal) and USA. have remained with me. Know, your time and efforts through those years were appreciated from a youth growing up. Blessings, Monica Trapani (Kalinski)
January 12, 2018 12:02pm
Dear Annette and Family, my deepest sympathy to all of you. Many wonderful memories of my days with the Marching Angels 1960+ and the wonderful leader Bill was with his girls will never be forgotten. Bus trips, many towns and cities I would never have seen if it weren't for such a wonderful man. May you keep your memories close to your heart and you now have your own special Angel in Heaven. RIP Bill
Sheila Brydges-Martin Hepworth, ON daughter of equipment truck driver late Harold Brydges, London, ON and Fran Brydges-McCaw, Sarnia
January 11, 2018 06:57pm
If there ever was a profoundly positive influence in my life other than the parents, it was Bill Mann and his Marching Angels. In today’s age of misogyny, sexual harassment and the good old boys club perpetrator, Mr Bill epitomized all that was wonderful to demonstrate support for the guidance of the young female spirit back when I was 12 y/o. He was a like minded non-native who I came to respect and trust in the same way I respected and trusted my own Aamjiwnaang biological father. I remember the exact moment learning the definition of Respect while on a field trip with the MAs. I had powerful male roles models in these two men. Being in the MA, shaped my character and fueled my lifelong belief that I was worthy and could accomplish what I put my mind to. Gratitude is such a small word to say thank you for your place in my life, Bill Mann. Deep condolences and Love to your family.
Tammy and Mike Cook
January 11, 2018 12:29pm
Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Barrie and Shirley Martin
January 10, 2018 12:25pm
To the Mann family--our very deepest sympathy. We recall all the years spent at St. Paul's Church and many friends with the Marching Angels. Keep your memories close to your heart..Take comfort in knowing other are thinking of you.
Jill (Bidner) Minielly
January 10, 2018 10:16am
Annette and Family - so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I have so many great memories of Bill and being in the Marching Angels. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Jill (Bidner) Minielly and Jane Bidner
Penny Nunn (Shields)
January 10, 2018 07:31am
Dear Cheryl and Family, Please accept my sincerest condolences on behalf of our family. Very sad to be reading about your dad. Know that I am thinking of you and time will heal! Memories, memories! Love Penny
January 9, 2018 11:39pm
Deepest sympathies. Brian and family sending you prayers and heartfelt condolences. Deb Downie (Tuckey)
January 9, 2018 09:59pm
To all if the Mann family thought and prayer are with you now and always be you find comfort in each other my deep sorrow too Rest in Peace Mr Mann
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