Music 09

William Hallett

October 11, 1946


William Reid (Bill) Hallett

Bill passed away unexpectedly at the age of 73.  He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 11, 1946 and was raised in St. James.  Bill was predeceased by his mother, Laura (Nana), his father Bernard, and sister Brenda.  Bill is survived by his daughters Melissa (Joel) Ott and Melanie (Craig) Bauer, as well as grandchildren Caurel, Ethan, Matthew, Caden and Reece.  He will also be missed by Theresa, Sam and Barry, as well as extended family and friends. 

Bill became a dedicated worker at Spartan/Admiral Printing at a young age and spent many years there.  His daughters reaped the benefits of his printing skills, often slipping him pictures of their favourite celebrities.  Bill would take these pictures to work and return with notepads dawning stars such as New Kids On The Block or Spike (the pet hamster).

Bill was a music lover.  He always wanted to be a DJ and would often “autograph” his name with the radio station “CKY” abbreviation after it.  Bill was a master at making mixed tapes from records, often creating mixes for family and friends.  He had created hundreds of mixed tapes entitled “Relic Records” and “Hallett’s Humour House”, which included him telling jokes and his young daughters singing songs.  Bill could learn music by ear and it was not uncommon to show up unexpectedly at his door to find him rocking out on one of his guitars to the Beatles.  Bill passed on his love of all music to his daughters.  He would often have music on and would offer a nickel or dime to whichever daughter could name the recording artist first.

Bill loved reading and was a regular at his local library.  He also loved movies and television.  His collection of memorabilia ranged from the oldies such as Laurel and Hardy to 80s classics like Alf and The Simpsons.  Bill was the world’s biggest W.C. Fields fan and had the mementos to prove it.

Bill had a great sense of humour and was quick with the comebacks.  He was often seen sporting witty t-shirts and always had a comb in his back pocket to brush back his ‘Kenny Rogers’ hair at any given moment.  His sarcastic humour will be missed.

As per Bill’s wishes, no service will be held. 

“If I can make them laugh and through that laughter, make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied.”  - W.C. Fields.


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