BORSA, William “Bill”
1936 – 2019
Bill passed away January 3, 2019 surrounded by family in the Palliative Care Unit of St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. He died peacefully following complications from multiple myeloma, a blood and bone cancer he lived with since 2013. Bill was born in his parents’ farmhouse in Yellow Creek, SK in 1936. He spoke fondly of his childhood memories and being mischievous with both his siblings and close friends. He attended elementary and high school in Yellow Creek, taking short breaks from his education before graduating and enrolling at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1963, Bill graduated from the U of S with a degree in electrical engineering and was awarded his professional designation soon after, an achievement he was especially proud of. Engineering was extremely fulfilling for Bill and it gave him the opportunity to work across Canada and in Chile, South America. Bill joked that he would never stop working and was once the recipient of a “shortest retirement ever” award from a Saskatoon engineering firm after he announced his retirement, then accepted a new contract days later. Bill remained active and engaged with his company, Vostro Engineering Ltd., until 2014. Bill was very close to his family and proud of his five children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was married for 52 years to his wife Iris (née Phair), sharing a lifetime of love and creating a home that warmly welcomed everyone. He was an active gardener and enjoyed sharing his bounty with his neighbors and friends, often preparing endless jams, canned fruit, cabbage rolls and borscht that his family devoured upon sight. His grandchildren were always entertained by his creative use of nicknames and the silly songs he played on his guitar. Bill had a kind heart, loved animals and treated his dogs like true members of the family. He will be forever cherished for his quick wit, unique sense of humour and love of country music (the “cowboy” kind, ahee!).
Bill is survived by his wife Iris; their children Brenda (Byron), Mikel, Patrick (Jo-Ann), Jolene (Sean), Krystle (Eric); his grandchildren Tenille (Bob), Kenton, Emily, Julie, Evan, Alyssa, Reid, Kyle, Claire, Charlotte; his great-grandchildren Weston, Baron, and Holden, his siblings Marie, Anne, Martin (Debbie), Taras, Joe (Donna), Nick, Steve (Marie Anne), Helen (Malcolm), Gloria (Lloyd), Eugene and his many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Bill was predeceased by his father Julian; mother Annie; sisters Lena and Olga; brother Victor and grandson Daylen. A public viewing will occur at Mourning Glory Funeral Services (1201 8th Street E, Saskatoon) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Mayfair United Church (902 33rd Street W, Saskatoon) on Wednesday, January 9, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to Myeloma Canada (1255 TransCanada, Suite 160, Dorval, QC, H9P 2V4).
Arrangements in care of Chelsea Krentz – MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306)978-5200