WEB_Hirst_BillPassed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on December 2, 2013 at the age of  69 years.   Beloved husband and soul mate of Ann, with whom he celebrated 28 years.  Cherished father of Trisha Knight (Tom), Laura Torell (Keith), Ryan Hirst (Mike Merkestyn). Dear step-father of Jen Briand (Dan), Scott Hayes (Denise). Treasured grandfather to fourteen and great-grandfather to two.  Dear brother of Lois (Johnny) Van Brackel and brother-in-law to Donna Mercer and Bruce Wintemute (Gayle).  Loving son-in-law of Elaine and the late Owen Bernard. Brother-in-law to Mark (Sue) and Wendy. Predeceased by his brother Larry Mercer (1994), sister Ethel Bedell (2012), mother-in-law Rose Marie Wintemute (2006) and Sherry Clements (2006).  Bill will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. Bill retired from Chrysler after serving 30 years.  If you so desire, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. At Bill’s request casual attire is preferred for his visiting and service. Visiting Friday at 10am until time of Funeral Service at 11:30am at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Cremation to follow. Share memories, photos or make a donation at


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