Bill Bourdeau

A photo of Bill Bourdeau


A gathering of family and friends will take
place at the Blenheim Legion (downstairs)
on Monday September 17, 2018
beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday September 17, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

George William “Bill” Bourdeau of Blenheim passed away on Thursday September 13, 2018 at the age of 85 years. He was the last surviving member of his family having been predeceased by his parents Thomas & Norma (Manning) Bourdeau and by his sisters Margie Martin and Joanne Moore.

He was loved for many years by his wife Lynne Gardiner and her children Heather Gardiner (late Raymond Baylis) & Franco Palazzi and Melissa Gardiner & James Traxler. He was an awesome grandfather to Hunter Baylis, Rylan Traxler and Grace Traxler. He will be remembered fondly by his mother-in-law Irene Hall (late Albert C. Hall) and by his sister-in-law whose name is also Irene Hall.

Bill was an accountant who worked for many years at and retired from Mallory Industries. He loved life and lived it like there was no tomorrow. He golfed, he curled, he travelled and he gambled just enough. His undeniable charm and outgoing personality afforded him the opportunity to meet many people from many walks of life including the legendary Johnny Cash who he had a drink with under a bridge in Chatham. He loved old country music…especially Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. It was without question however, that the friends Bill loved being surrounded by the most were his friends at the Blenheim Legion where he spent hours playing pool and cards.

Cremation has taken place.  Visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday September 17, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 and will be followed by a gathering of family and friends at the Blenheim Legion beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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Bill was indeed a true character! My father, Bill Johnson, often told the story of my grandmother chasing Bill down Grant Street with a broom because he told my father there was no Santa Claus. I fondly remember fun times as a teenager in the 1970's with Bill out at Mitchell's Bay. I was particularly impressed with the fact that he could drink beer while water skiing! He will be missed!

Lynne ~ Heartfelt condolences to you & the family with Bill's passing . Claude & Bill were dining partners at the village ; have thought of you often since then . Claude also passed away July 20th. at home with us ; can sympathize with you but know they are at peace in mind , body & soul …. love Betty

My deepest condolences for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Lynn and Irene we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all

My sincere condolence to you Lynne and family.

Bill was a character like no other, always smiling or rolling his eyes hahaha can't even think of him without smiling myself, loved him for sure---one of the good guys. Rest In Peace Bill, you 'ol shit --- ☺

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lynne and all the family.

We are very sorry to hear of Bill's death.