William “Bill” James Diachun of Orleans, Ontario, passed away on January 17, 2014.
Bill was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1940 to parents Roman and Irene Diachun. He graduated from The High School of Montreal and received his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, his Teacher’s Certificate from McGill University, and his Master’s degree from The University of Montreal. Bill married Diane Hawkins in 1965.
Bill taught English for the Montreal, Lakeshore, and Digby School Boards. He was a Rock ’n’ Roller at heart, singing and playing piano in bands from the age of sixteen. Bill loved his family, his friends, and his music. He also enjoyed hockey, football and telling jokes.
Bill is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Melody Diachun and her husband, Doug Stephenson; son, Terry Diachun and his wife, Joanne Wright-Diachun; grandson, Nathaniel Diachun; step-grandchildren, Laura and Devin Stephenson, Savannah and Spencer Sher, and Madison Meades; sister, Doris Horbachevsky; brothers-in-law, Osyp Mushka and Bruce Hawkins; sister-in-law, Louise Beauregard; nephews, Andrew Horbachevsky, Roman Mushka, Myron Horbachevsky and Shawn Hawkins; nieces, Christine Skolnik and Shelley Hawkins; and, by his many dear friends, colleagues, and students. Bill is pre-deceased by his parents Roman and Irene Diachun, his sister, Olga Mushka, and his parents-in-law, Walter and Alice Hawkins.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 24 at Heritage Funeral Home, 2871 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans, Ontario. Friends will be received from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Chapel service at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow. www.heritagefh.ca
Donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association. www.cmha.ca