Mr. William Greaves

Mr. William Greaves

Sunday, August 19th, 1945 - Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
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GREAVES, William
August 19, 1945 - December 29, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Bill’s passing. Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep in Thunder Bay, Ontario where he was awaiting a return to Florida for the winter. 
Son of the late William Greaves and Lillian Maud Parker and predeceased by his sister MaryAnn Greaves, he leaves to mourn Judith (nee Grierson) his wife and best friend, as well as his sons Billy (Jessica) and Jason (Lynn). He was the proud grandfather of William and David, and Victoria and Eliza. He will be fondly remembered by cousins David, Robert, Helen, Fred, Marnie-Lynn, Nancy, Janie and Roy as well as many other friends and family.
Bill lived a rich and full life. He worked for many years with the family business, Greaves Jams and Marmalades, alongside his grandfather (William), father (Lord Mayor of Upper Canada 1949-1961), sister, and many other family members. He also coached both baseball and hockey teams in the Niagara area, and had a love for all sports. He met Judith at a horse show and they married in 1979 in NOTL. They would spend the next 41 years pursuing their love for horses. 
Once wed, Bill and Judith opened a family equestrian farm on Niagara Stone Road, where William and Jason were born. In 1985, he decided to follow a true passion and began training thoroughbred race horses. The family relocated to Fort Erie in 1987 and would spend many years racing horses at Fort Erie Racetrack in the summer and at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida in the winter. He owned a countless number of horses and made countless long-lasting friendships during those busy years. Bill retired from training horses in 2008 and moved to Cobden. Here he spent the summers fishing Muskrat Lake while continuing the family tradition of spending the winter months in Florida. 
Bill enjoyed a good game of euchre, fishing, a sunny lanai with a crossword puzzle and being with his friends and family. Often cited as having the ‘gift of the gab’, Bill enjoyed engaging and discussing any subject. He maintained regular calls with many of his friends throughout the years, which will be greatly missed by all. 

Cremation has taken place. A virtual service for Bill will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Please contact the family for more information. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society ( or to the St. Catharines Church of the Deaf, care of Calvary Church, 89 Scott St., St. Catharines, ON  L2N 1G8.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street, Thunder Bay.
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Nancy Toonders

Posted at 02:02pm
Dear Billy, Jessica, William and David
We are so sorry to hear of your Father and Grandpa’s passing. Our sincere condolences.
Love Martin and Nancy

Jen Hall

Posted at 08:19pm
I first met Bill and Judith at Treeline Farm as one of their riding students and then a boarder. Bill was an amazing coach and really taught me how to ride. I'll never forget the day he said "no stirrups, no reins, close your eyes before you go over the jump and don't fall off." I didn't. I have always been so grateful to have had both of them in my life during my teenage years. My deepest condolences to you Judith and your boys.

Judith Greaves Posted at 01:54pm

Thank you Jen for sharing your memories . They truly help us celebrate Bill's life.

Jeannie Dorling

Posted at 07:39pm
So many amazing memories two of my favourites are..Bill my (pops) taught me how to ride a horse drive a tractor and then a car. I’ll never forget the day he brought home his brand new El Camino and thew me the keys and said Let’s go! I never saw Bill sweat so much that day in the passengers seat I brought it home with out a dent!! I said see you taught me well!! My favourite memory though is when I rode for him at the race track he would walk around and tell all the Jockeys “Don’t you touch her she’s my daughter!!” Lol ..Awe!! I’m going to miss you Pops love you to the moon and back!! oxox

Judith Greaves Posted at 01:56pm

What wonderful memories to share. Thank you so much Jeannie for all your help and support as we celebrate Bill's life. Your stories bring much comfort.

Regina sealock

Posted at 02:01pm
Too many memories to pick just one, I will miss your faithful phone calls....

Jackie Petrie Posted at 03:28pm

So sad to learn of Bill’s passing. Bill was part of our knights hideaway family and such a wonderful man to stop and chat with about all sports but especially the Toronto Maple Leafs. Many a cold one and great conversation. You will missed Bill but never forgotten. Much love Dan and Jackie Petrie

Judith Greaves Posted at 02:05pm

Regina he did love to talk on the phone with you . Bill had many many good memories he shared with you. Your such a thoughtful friend to the whole family.

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