William Austin

William Austin

Wednesday, August 7th, 1963 Saturday, September 12th, 2020

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Obituary for William Murray Austin

It is with great sadness that the family of William (Bill) Murray Austin announce his passing at home on Saturday, September 12th, 2020, at the age of 57. Bill ended his long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis surrounded by loving family and friends.

Bill was born to William and Jean Anne (MacKenzie) Austin on August 7, 1963 in Port Arthur. He was a loving son, husband, proud father and loyal friend. He will be forever remembered by his loving wife of 30 years Maria (Mary), his two sons Christopher (Gabrielle) and Andrew, along with his brothers and sisters in-law Rosa Venn, Bruno and Teresa Tassone (Vancouver), Angelo and Eda Tassone; nieces and nephews, Ryan and Kelly Venn (Maya, Clark), Becky and Don Ross (Madeline, Walker), Michael and Erin Venn (Nathaniel, Lauren), Joseph David Tassone, Thomas Tassone, Joseph Peter Tassone, Matthew Tassone as well as many cousins and numerous lifelong friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Jean Ann Austin, and in-laws Giuseppe and Filomena Tassone.

Bill attended Port Arthur Collegiate Institute where he made many lifelong, supportive friends. In his younger years Bill was very active, enjoying swimming, football, soccer, golf, tennis and running among many other activities. After completing high school, he attended Lakehead University where he completed his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. He began his professional career at Bailey Controls, moving on to work at Great Lakes Forest Products (Resolute), where he concluded his career in 2006 due to the progression of MS related health challenges. He was a member of the Professional Engineering Association of Ontario.

Family and friends will dearly miss Bill’s witty sense of humour and positive outlook on life. He instilled the importance of these qualities in both of his boys, and passed on a love of reading, music, trivia and of course the Habs. Bill was known for his detailed knowledge of not only personal memories but was also referred to as a pop culture encyclopedia. Bill always had a big smile on his face and enjoyed lively conversation with family and friends. His passing has left an unspeakable void for many. He embraced his journey with admirable courage and was comforted by the continuing love and support of his devoted family and loyal friends.

Private funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 17th at 11:00 AM at Sargent and Son Funeral Home by invitation. A live stream of the service will be available at As expressions of sympathy, the family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center Foundation, General Healthcare Fund. Online condolences may be made at

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Heartfelt Sympathies and Julie ,Mat , Owen, Zach and Olivia Shaw have planted a memorial tree for William Murray Austin.
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Mark Clara

Dear Mary, Christopher and Andrew,
I worked with Bill at the Mill and was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He always had a smile and was liked by everyone. He never complained and showed quiet courage always. He will be fondly remembered as a gentleman. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Mark and Dana Clara
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Paul Giardetti

Maria, Our deepest condolences, I have many fond memories of Bill, from the days Peter and I used to Play football/hockey on Crown street , through our high school yrs, and playing golf with both him and Jerry at FWCC. Those Wednesday nights with him and Jerry was something I always looked forward too.

He will be missed, and I hope you and boys can take comfort in knowing what a great person he was.

Paul and Cindy Giardetti
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John-Paul Federico

Maria and Andrew,

My deepest condolences for your loss and for the terrible disease you had to battle for many years. Many tragic situations make no good sense, however we have to trust that there was some sort of divine reason for such suffering in order to help us spiritually. God bless your family.
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kevin campbell

I first met Bill as a student at PACI. While I was a year younger, Bill treated me as an equal as we were both "cakes " in our friendship group. We shared a passion for football, food and the friends we had in common. Bill was incredibly kind, intelligent, conscientious, keen witted and loyal. His memory and encyclopedic recall were always present. Even when he battled his health issues, Bill was always positive and did not complain. I learned many life lessons from Bill and cherish every memory I had with him. He loved deeply and was incredibly proud of Mary, Christopher and Andrew. The world is a more empty place without Bill. Rest in peace.
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