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DRONIUK, William

January 1, 1925 – December 12, 2012

William (Bill) Droniuk, lovingly surrounded by family, passed away peacefully in Calgary in his 88th year after a short illness.

Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years Ada Jean (nee Kotch) on May 8, 2011. He is survived by his children Larry (Sandy), Lisa, and Randy (Susan); his grandchildren Corey, Claire and Jamie; and his sister Marie Jones (Bill) and their children William and Gordon.

Bill was a native of Southern Alberta, the son of Harry and Rose Droniuk, and grew up in Shaughnessy outside of Lethbridge where he met his future wife Ada. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1949 with a degree in commerce. Bill and Ada headed East where he began working at CIL in Kingston, which later became part of DuPont Canada. He spent the rest of his career at DuPont and the family lived in Brockville/Maitland, Whitby, Montreal and Toronto, with the longest stint in Montreal between 1964 and 1979, living in St. Lambert on the South Shore.

Bill loved the adventure of life to its fullest. Everyone who met him was attracted to a generous, kind and thoughtful man who was fun to be with. During their working and retirement years, Bill and Ada effortlessly acquired countless friendships and especially loved to share good times with their friends.

Bill retired in 1987; he and Ada enjoyed many wonderful years in White Rock, B.C. and then in Calgary. Among their happiest memories were the adventures they had travelling the world, but their special love was reserved for the South of France. Over the years, Bill was an avid golfer, fisherman and gastronome who loved to cook up awesome meals for friends and family. His ultimate love was for family and we all treasure how he never stopped giving so much of himself to us.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later time. Condolences may be forwarded through Thank you to Drs. Murray, Reimer, Pawlik and Weatherall and the staff at Rockyview Hospital for their wonderful efforts and support. If friends desire, Bill would have liked tributes to be made in memory of his wife Ada to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222- 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 (403) 290-0110;

In living memory of William Droniuk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 2L5 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Barry and Win Henstock :

    We are very saddened to hear Bill passed away. He was a wonderful friend as was, Ada, his wife. We had some lovely times with them and we will always remember those times. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

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  2. Pamela, Chris, Gillian, Rachael and Fern :

    Randy, we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult period of loss. In time, may the memories of the things and events you shared with your Father provide some solace.

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  3. Mary and Vincent McGovern :

    To Randy, Larry and Lisa, Our family is deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He and your mother were dear friends and we have many happy memories of times we spent together. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families.

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  4. Dear Droniuk Family,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Deepest sympathies, Joanne & Domenic Fagotto

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  5. I drink a toast of good Bordeaux wine to a GOOD GUY and to a life well done . I crossed paths with Bill in many businesses at Dupont over the years (’62 to ’98 for me) –it was always so enjoyable.
    No wonder I loved the guy: I like good food and travel to Southwest France every year–
    I wish we could have gotten together –maybe someday .
    My best to the family —jerry

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  6. Lynne McGregor :

    Dear Randy, Larry and Lisa
    We were so very sorry to learn of your father passing away. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Betty, Stuart and Lynne McGregor

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  7. I worked with Bill at DuPont in Whitby and Montreal. He and Ada Jean were guests at our wedding in Shawinigan in 1964. Bill and I spent many hours on the golf course trying to beat each other – but always having plenty of laughs. We even played hockey together a couple of times in Whitby. He was a very kind, generous, fun loving guy.
    Please accept my condolences for the passing of a true friend.

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  8. Bohdan and Nadia Lutsiv :

    Dear Randy, we were so pleased to have been able to find Bill and your family, and fill in a branch of our family tree. It was a pleasure having you and Bill in our home, and we know that it meant a lot to Dimitri that we were able to connect. Our sincerest sympathies.

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  9. Dear Randy and Susan
    I’m sorry to hear of your father passing away. I had the pleasure of meeting him. He was a friendly man and I enjoyed his company when he was at your home. May God bless you and your family at this time , May he rest in peace.
    Barbara White and family.

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  10. My condolences to the family. As a colleague at DuPont Canada for many years, I was impressed by Bill’s work ethic and by his being a warm, kind and generous person. We both took early retirement and I lost track of him, but I am so pleased that he and Ada enjoyed many special years together after he retired.

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  11. Sandra & Charles Skinner :

    We have just come across this notice; very sad news. Bill & Ada were our neighbours on Bethnal Green Road, Oakville, for three years and we kept in touch after we had moved to England and then to Hong Kong, and they to BC and then to Calgary. They truly were the kindest and best of people, and we want belatedly to pass on our sincerest condolences to Sandy, Lisa, and Randy. Two beautiful people.

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