McGIE, William Wesley (BIll)


image“It is with a Broken Heart and great Sadness we announce the untimely passing of William Wesley (Bill) McGie and the young age of 71. Bill passed away at his home in Wawa on Saturday, July 2nd with his wife and family members by his side after a short but valiant battle with Mesothelioma.


Bill was a man who loved his life and family and enjoyed bringing happiness to all who knew him. Son of the late James Wesley McGie and Bessie (Souliere) McGie. He was the LOVING Husband, BEST Friend and SOUL Mate of Betty (Watson) McGie. Cherished and respected father of William J. (Debbie Gerow), April, Robert J. (Kelly Stephens) McGie and Todd (Shannon) Reynolds. Beloved grandfather of Julia, Hannah, Sydney, Simon, Tonya and Meghan – all of whom “Poppy” loved to tease and take fishing. Caring brother of Mary (late Elzear) Hache, Alan McGie, Marlene Williams, Barbara (Rick) Brimmage. Predeceased by his brother Raymond Souliere, and sisters Irene (Martin) Levesque and Louise (Lloyd) Morency. Special brother-in-law to Cathy Watson (Mike Smith), Pat (Rick) Cox, Richard (Rosalie) Watson, Thomas (Michel) Watson and Kevin (Pauline) Watson. Bill will be missed by his many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and hockey Fan -especially his Toronto Maple Leafs and Sault Greyhounds. He loved his second career as a Guide who thoroughly enjoyed entertaining the many fishermen and moose hunters who came to Pine Portage Lodge each season; Remembering his great words of wisdom – “Fish Swim”. He loved spending time with his family and friends, or travelling around the country with “His Woman”.

A memorial service will be held at St. Monica’s Church on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 11 am Pastor Ron Henson officiating. A celebration of life will follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 429 from 12:30 pm until 3 pm.

A special “Thank You” goes out to our wonderful friend, Mary Wallace, who opened her heart and home in Sault Ste. Marie for the months we had to travel back and forth to Toronto. We want to thank Dr. P. Maione for his care and compassion whenever called. Also all the wonderful caring staff at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and the I.C.U nurses at the Sault Area Hospital.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Princess Margaret Hospital or Royal Canadian Legion Branch 429 would be appreciated by the family.

(Arrangements entrusted to the P.M. Gilmartin Funeral Home Ltd. 800-439-4937)


  1. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the McGie and Watson Families.
    Bill had such a contagious smile which will be missed by many.
    Wawa has lost a very sincere and honest man, who never had a bad word to say about anyone, he always saw the good in things. May you now rest pain free Bill and touch the hearts of those in heaven around you.

    Greg and Chris McRae
    New Hamburg, Ont

  2. Deepest condolences to the Watson and McGie families. It won’t be the same without meeting Bill’s friendlinest and sparkling smile. Bill will be missed.


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