William (Bill) Kurchak. 1945-2018. On the afternoon of November 16, 2018, this force of nature as one of his friends so aptly put it, lay in hospital bravely fighting complex diseases like Lewy Body and Parkinson’s, but it was heart failure that finally took him and broke our hearts. We couldn’t know how much he suffered, but with only a few words and movement in one arm, which he raised to hold the hand of a loved one, the love and mirth shown in his big brown eyes never ended.
Born in 1945 in Thorold, Ontario Bill was the youngest of four boys born to their young mother Pauline, and older Ukrainian father, William. Sadly, he lost that adoring father at only 9 years old. But William junior’s achievements in sports, art and enterprise were carried on in the town of his birth with the backing of brother George. Two brothers moved to the US, Gene a Harvard graduate, Bob, a marine who carried out 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam.
Gene supported and encouraged Bill to attend Victoria College at the University of Toronto, the first of a long line of places that were to be such positive influences, including that of the Don of his first home in Toronto, Northrop Frye. To everyone who knew him from his childhood, to University, to his work as an Entrepreneur, Consultant, Political Aide and TV host, Bill was a font of imagination, positive views, ideas, wit and laughter.
Bill leaves his grateful sons Morgan, Brennan and Blake, their mothers Marie and Jacqueline, Morgan’s wife Lena and their toddler Serafina, Bill’s only grandchild. And how fortunate and joyful it was for them to know each other, even for that short time. Many, many more were touched by his charm, wit and ideas as friends. We would be honored if you would share your individual memories of Bill on this page as a lasting tribute to him. As per his wishes, a celebration of his life will happen on his birthday in the Spring. Please let us know if you would like to attend.
Celebration of Life
Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Info: Bill wanted to everyone to get together and have fun with a celebration at his passing. To that end, we decided it would best be held in the beauty of Spring Time, on his Birthday to give ample time for people to make plans and for his sons to collect from all corners of the globe. Details to follow.