William Boquist

William Boquist

Monday, August 3rd, 1925 Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

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Obituary for William Herbert Boquist

William (Bill) Boquist died on Oct 1, 2019, following a long and adventurous life. He was 94.
Born on August 3 1925 in Kenora Ontario, he and his good friend Joe Sneznezik were the first 2 boys from the wrong side of the tracks to graduate high school. After serving his country in the Navy during WWII Bill went to the University of Toronto graduating with a science degree. He chose teaching as his career and education was a life long passion. After marrying Muriel MacKinnon he returned to the Northwestern Ontario he loved.
While Bill spent the bulk of his career as principal at Hillcrest High, he also taught at Port Arthur Technical School, Lakehead High School, finishing his Canadian career at Selkirk. He loved the interaction with students and was a loved and admired teacher and principal. After a brief retirement he pursued a lifelong dream and went to Africa to work for World University Services of Canada as an advisor to the Ministry of Education in Lesotho.
Bill was a fabled coach. He and his good friend Matt Vukovich coached championship football People who teach together, coach together and camp together remain friends and family. A man of wit and wisdom, he enjoyed an adventurous life, learning to scuba-dive and taking flying lessons later in life. But he also loved the quiet life at home with his family and the camp he and his beloved Muriel built on Dog Lake.

Bill is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and daughter-in-law Marie of Thunder Bay; daughter and grand daughter Anna Marie and MacKinnon of Sweden; son John of Toronto and six grandchildren and their spouses, (Billy & Jenny Boquist, Brooke Boquist, Andrea & Nolan Raynak, Marinna & John Read, Amanda and Zack Prete) and six great grandchildren and long time companion Celie Agostino, sister Daphne and her family and sister-in-law Joyce Cooper and her family..

Bill was preceded in death by the love of his life Muriel and his son Jamie and sister Shirley.
Very special thanks to Pioneer Ridge for all the spectacular care and love they gave to Bill.
A memorial will take place at 1pm on Friday Oct. 4 at the Sargent and Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill's life. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday evening (TONIGHT) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Our Kids Count. Bill Boquist will be interred later in a private ceremony. On-line condolences may be made at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
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    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, October 4th, 2019
    Rev. Randy Boyd

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Wayne Bahlieda

Condolences from the Bahlieda family in your loss. May he RIP.
Comment | Posted at 10:40pm via Condolence

Brenda Hurley

To Bill's family & friends...I did not personally know Bill, but he sat at the same table as my dad for meals at Pioneer Ridge. He always said hello to me when I came in to help my dad eat. He was such a nice man, so sorry for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 04:11pm via Condolence

Rizzo Silvana

Dear Steve, Marie, and family please accept our sincerest condolences during this difficult time. It sounds like your father was a wonderful man and will surely be missed. Hugs to all of you. Silvana & Luccio Rizzo
Comment | Posted at 01:00pm via Condolence

Randy Riddell

In 1982 I was the student president at Selkirk CVI and Bill was our principal. He was a kind and humorous man who loved his students and they loved him. I'm so happy that he lived a long and productive life. I want Bill's family to know that he inspired many of us to serve our communities, and all of us to be better people. Life well lived.

Randy Riddell
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