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William Arthur Woodcock


Lieutenant, RCNVR


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WOODCOCK, William Arthur - On Friday, August 13, William A. Woodcock passed away at age 99.


William Woodcock "Bill" was born on March 31, 1922, in Toronto, Ontario, the oldest child of William Arthur and Vesta Beryl (Wyatt) Woodcock.


Bill grew up in Toronto attending Upper Canada College. In 1940, Bill enrolled in the naval officer training program at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC before enlisting in the Canadian Navy in 1942. He served as a Lieutenant and navigator on the HMCS TRILLIUM until the end of World War II.


Following the war, Bill studied at the University of Toronto, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1949, he accepted a job with General Motors in Oshawa and rose to become Chief of Engineering, Canada. Bill married Phyllis Aileen Lamon "Babs" on May 23, 1950, in St. Georges Church, Oshawa. They settled down in Oshawa to raise a family and had three sons, Doug (Charlotte), Pat (Trish), and Will (Brenda) and one daughter, Beth (John). In 1971, Bill was promoted to Chief of Engineering, Overseas and the family lived and worked internationally in Japan, Germany, and the USA before retiring and moving back to Whitby in 1983.


Bill was a compassionate and kind man who was known for his quick wit, love of puzzles and his quiet devotion to Babs and family. He was an engineer to the core who loved to tinker, build, and design. His zest for life and taste for adventure took them all over the world but the heart strings always tugged Bill and Babs back to their home in Canada and their Chandos Lake cottage.


Bill was preceded in death by two sisters and his loving wife Babs, who passed on March 27, 2019. He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Bill will be missed and remembered with love.


A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 3:00pm at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King St. E in Oshawa. Due to COVID19 restrictions, registration is required to attend the service. If you wish to register call 905-433-4711. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.  (The Durham Region News 17 Aug 2021)


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