William Giertuga

William Giertuga

Tuesday, November 9th, 1943 Friday, November 22nd, 2019

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Obituary for William Franklin "Bill" Giertuga


Mr. William Franklin Giertuga, age 76 years, passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife and surrounded by family, in the T.B.R.H.S.C. on Friday November 22, 2019.

Bill was born in Port Arthur on November 9, 1943, the son of Walter and Olga Giertuga. He worked at Manitoba Pool, the L.P.H. and then began a 30 year career in Corrections at the Thunder Bay District Jail, retiring in 1996.
Bill married the love of his life, Sharon Stadey on June 18, 1966, and together they raised 3 sons, their pride and joy.

He was an avid sportsman his entire life with a particular passion for hockey, as well as curling, baseball and coaching women¹s fastball and minor hockey. He was extremely proud to have co-founded and played for many years in the Elevator Hockey League.

Bill was a talented gardener and enjoyed sharing his crops and knowledge with family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing and camping with family and friends in the Upsala area, where he and Sharon personally constructed their very own oasis.

He selflessly volunteered many years at the North McIntyre Rec Centre eventually receiving the honour of becoming a lifetime member.

He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, and especially cherished times spent with his grandchildren and loved watching them participate in their various activities. Billy had a profound impact on everyone who had the privilege of being part of his life. He loved to make people laugh and taught so many of us the meaning of unconditional love.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon, sons Scott (Lesli), Warren (Jo-Anne) and Trevor (Chelsea), grandchildren: Travis, Garett, Dalton, Madison, Devin, Taylor, Dawson and Alexander; brothers John and Ed (Ellen), sister Chris (Doug) Swearengen as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Stephen.

A celebration of Bill¹s life will be held on Thursday November 28, 2019 at
11 a.m. at the Moose Hall (434 Fort William Rd.) with Rev. Hugh Walker presiding. Memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday November 27th from
5-7 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street.

As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the A.L.S. Society.
On-line condolences may be made at

Forever remembered, loving Husband,
Father, great friend, and Papa Bill

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel
    21 North Court Street
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    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, November 28th, 2019 | 11:00am
    The Moose Hall (Fort William Road)
    434 Fort William Rd
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
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    Thursday, November 28th, 2019
    Rev. Hugh Walker
  • Interment

    Thursday, November 28th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Riverside Cemetery
    800 Oliver Road
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    Thursday, November 28th, 2019

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Dear Christine & family...sincere condolences on your brother's passing. I am a little late with this message but wanted you to know that I am thinking of you with kind thoughts & prayers.
Comment | Posted at 08:56pm via Condolence


Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family Sharon . So sorry we were unable to attend the memorial as we were away in Toronto for medical appointments . Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Pat & Tony Fiorito & Frances Platnick.
Comment | Posted at 08:04pm via Condolence

Pat & Bruce Melville

Sharon & Family,
We were very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Sincere sympathy to all of you.
Pat & Bruce Melville
Comment | Posted at 11:34am via Condolence

Carol Chorkawy

We are so sorry for your loss, sending comfort and healing.
Don and Carol Chorkawy
Comment | Posted at 09:52am via Condolence

Ismo & Lorraine

Sorry for your loss
Lorraine & Ismo Lind
Comment | Posted at 07:58pm via Condolence

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