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William Mactaggart

William Grant Mactaggart

Saturday, December 28th, 1940 - Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
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Obituary

Of Guelph/Eramosa Township. December 28, 1940 – December 23, 2018

Sadly as a result of a car accident, with his loving family by his side, Bill died peacefully at Hamilton Health ICU.

Beloved husband of Leslie (nee Hurst), loving father of Lisa (Leo Medeiros); Will (Michele); Ryan (Kelly) and step father of Mike Hryn (Nicole). Bill was the proud Grandpa of Levi and Denya Medeiros, William and Esme, Fynn and Ainsley and Holden and Clint Hryn.

Dear brother of Evelyn Farr (late Bruce) and John (Bonnie) and loved uncle to many nieces and nephews and their partners. Dear son in law of Doris Hurst.

Bill was born in King Township to Pearl and Fergus Mactaggart and it was on his family farm where he established his lifetime love of farming and raising animals. He graduated from Victoria College, (U of T) in 1963 and was awarded “The Prince Philip” Gold Medal for the highest standing in general science. He then attended the University of Guelph for his M.A. in Physics which he completed in 1965.

He started his career as a High School Teacher then became the Science Consultant for the Wellington County Board. He made a career change to become an Investment Advisor and worked for 30 years building a family business that still operates today.
His hobby/lifetime passion was raising and breeding Purebred Suffolk Sheep and he was well known in the sheep community. He regularly showed at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, the Erin Fall Fair and Rockton Fair.

Bill loved restoring heritage buildings, making furniture, designing and building garden architecture, growing dahlias and raspberries, supporting all Toronto sports teams, working on Sudokus and especially, his Thursday nights out with the boys. He most recently and proudly completed the second half of the drystone wall in front of the farm.

He was a person with a generous spirit who always loved spending time with his family and friends often while enjoying a nice glass of wine. Bill loved travelling especially to Costa Rica.

Please join us in a celebration of Bill’s life on Sunday, January 13 at the Cutten Fields, 190 College Ave E, in Guelph from 1 – 4.

Our family would like to thank all those who cared for Bill in his last days and continue to care for us as we adjust to the devastating absence of our dynamo Dad and loving husband.

To honour Bill’s legacy, our family would like to establish a scholarship fund for students at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. In lieu of flowers or other tributes, please direct donations to The Guelph Community Foundation in memory of Bill Mactaggart.The Guelph Community Foundation, 46 Cork Street East, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 2W8.
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  • First Visitation

    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 13th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Cutten Fields
    Address
    190 College Ave E
    Guelph, Ontario
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    A Celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Cutten Fields, 190 College Av. E., Guelph on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm

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janice.kocheff@gmail.com

Posted at 05:03pm
Dear Leslie Richard and I were very saddened to hear about your loss. You are both in our thoughts at such a sad and difficult time. Richard and Janice, Tillsonburg
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Ann Friendship

Posted at 03:36pm
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Herb Farr

Posted at 11:48am
So Sorry
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Andrea Old

Posted at 06:23pm
Dear Lisa We were so very sorry to hear about your father. You always described him as being such a vibrant person. Our deepest sympathy to you, Leo and the rest of your family.
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Paula Menzies

Posted at 12:10pm
I loved to work with Bill and his sheep over the last decades. He taught me and the students so much about caring for the health and well-being of his sheep. Our conversations about sheep health were always enlightening. I am so grateful that the family is considering how his life can continue to mentor veterinary students - ultimately providing irreplaceable assistance to the sheep industry as a whole. This has pulled a positive outcome out of such a tragedy. Thank you!
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