RUTHERFORD, William Alastair P.Eng
It is with broken hearts we have to announce the peaceful passing of William (Bill) Alastair Rutherford on April 26, 2013 forever loved by his wife Linda and devoted dad to Thomas and Heather. Son of the late Thomas Aird Rutherford (2008) and Margaret Grace Rutherford (1999) and brother Bruce Arygll Rutherford (2011). Son-in-law of Robert and Ruby Roney, brother-in-law of Ken Roney and Marilyn and Raymond Copes. Uncle to Christopher, Kevin and Colin Copes, Julie and Matt Herman and Michael Rutherford. Cousin to Dedie (Kirk) Hudson, Margie (Ernie) Tardiff and John (Jane) McKinley, Joanne Brooks and special family member Helen Rutherford. Business partner to Peter van der Westen for 40 years as Vanderwesten and Rutherford Limited and with Tony Mantecon as Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon. Friends for life to Cecil Wilson, John Pierce, Ken Cummings and Dave Shillington. Always in touch with one another and together they shared many unforgettable canoeing and camping trips together. Best friend to our furry friends Caoimhe, Alt, Willy and Sandy who could always count on Bill to share a treat. There is a poem about how you would describe your dash from life to death. Bill’s dash was full of devotion to his family and to his work. Thomas and Heather were the world to Bill and he was involved as much as possible with whatever they decided to take on. Seldom did Bill miss a hockey-baseball-lacrosse-soccer practice or game, horse show rain, sun or snow, or Saturday morning tutoring. Going out to the Highland with Thomas for a round of golf, or trailering Heather and her horse to a horse show were always a good day for Bill. Their world was his and he truly loved to be a part of every moment. Bill was a very proud dad to Thomas and Heather, and we are so thankful he was a big part of it. Bill was a member of the The Professional Engineers of Ontario and served on different committees as part of The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Councillor of the Western Region, Professional Development Committee, Discipline Committee, Councillor at Large, Audit Committee, Advisory Committee on Committees, Task Force on PEO Role in Engineering Education, Task force to Establish School Outreach Committee, Discipline and Enforcement Steering Committee, member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE), member of the Highland Golf and Country Club. In the Community Bill was involved with London Chapter Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Lambeth United Church, Mount Brydges Minor Hockey, Northshore Hitmen Hockey, Minor Soccer in Strathroy and Del Ko Brydge, Minor Baseball in Komoka, Poplar Hill, Strathroy and Delaware, Blue Devils Minor Lacrosse, Shadowlane Stables and Southwest Trillium Hunter Jumper Association. Thank you especially to our family, friends and neighbours, the staff of Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon all of whom Bill had the pleasure to work with, Dr Archie Grace, Dr Katherine Roth, Dr. Sara Kuruvilla, Medical Oncology staff of C7 at LHSC Victoria Campus, Palliative Care Team (Lynne Hughes Marsh) at LHSC, CCAC , VON, Rev. Matthew Penny, McMaster University Engineering Faculty, Medway High School Staff, Carla Paxton and our extended family at Shadowlane Stables, Physical Plant and Planning Dept of St Joseph’s Health Care London, Architectural, Consultants, Mechanical Electrical General Contracting Firms all of whom Bill enjoyed many years of working with together. Bill’s presence will be forever missed. Thank you to those who stopped in to visit Bill while he was in the hospital and at home, the cards, flowers, phone calls and emails, he really did appreciate you taking the time. A service will be held on Saturday May 4, 2013 at Lambeth United Church, 4268 Colonel Talbot Road, London, Ontario at 1:30 pm for Bill. Rev. Matthew Penny will officiate the service. Visitation of the family will follow the service, please stay and do what Bill would have wanted, visit with family and friends and share your memories. Funeral arrangements by A Millard George Funeral Home London, Ontario. Cremation has taken place. Online condolences at www.amgfh.com Donations to a charity of your choice. Life will never be the same without you Bill, you left us far too soon, we love you and miss you, Linda, Thomas and Heather.
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