William Foan

William Edward Foan (Foan)

Sunday, April 4th, 1937 - Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
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Foan, Bill

William (Bill) Edward Foan, age 83, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021 at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston), ON. Born on April 4, 1937, Bill was a lifelong resident of Brockville.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Noreen (Johnston), daughter Jane, son Greg and his wife, Morna, and his precious granddaughter, Emily. Predeceased by son Brian, father Reginald Foan, mother Hazel (Bath) Shotter and stepfather Stanley Shotter.

A graduate of Brockville Collegiate Institute, Bill joined the Air Force in 1954 after which he worked in purchasing at Phillips Electric and then at Brockville Chemicals as purchasing agent. In 1969, he began working in general sales for Hansler Industries which saw the family move to Ottawa until 1971 when they returned to Brockville. Bill was responsible for materials handling and became Vice-President of Hansler Smith Limited.

He retired from Hansler Smith Limited in 1990 and in 1991 opened Heritage Insurance Brokers Ltd. with son, Greg. Bill retired from Heritage in 2002 at which time the business was sold to W.C. Burgess Insurance Services Inc.

Bill spent countless happy hours with Emily, the apple of his eye, telling stories and jokes, playing games and singing songs.

An avid gardener, Bill spent many hours tending his plants and flowers. He also enjoyed spending hours in a hunting blind seeking out deer and turkeys with Greg at the Foan Ranch outside of Lyn.

He was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2011 and became a resident of Providence Manor in Kingston, ON in September 2018.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Providence Manor and to Dr. Kennedy and staff at Providence Care Hospital for their care and compassion during Bill's time there.

Arrangements are entrusted with the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville. Due to restrictions and guidelines associated with the Ccoronavirus pandemic, a private graveside service will be held at Oakland Cemetery, Brockville. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Brockville or the Alzheimer's Society of Lanark Leeds Grenville.

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    Oakland Cemetery
    1524 County Road 2 West
    Brockville, ON K6V 5T3
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    Oakland Cemetery
    1524 County Road 2 West
    Brockville, Ontario K6V 5T3
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Debra Watson posted a Condolence l February 09, 2021

Posted at 06:09pm
To Noreen and Family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Debra Watson

Allan Dawson

Posted at 05:05pm
Sincere condolences to Bill's family from a long-ago childhood friend,

Allan Dawson

Patricia & John Aaron

Posted at 01:04pm
So sorry Noreen Greg Morna and family to hear of Bill's passing. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Hugs Pat Aaron ❤️

Carolyn Foan Koles

Posted at 02:34pm
Doreen and Family
I am sorry to hear about Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincere condolences.
cousin Carolyn

Asterios Spanos

Posted at 05:54pm
Greg and sorry for your loss. From the numerous times Bill entered our store, we got to know him quite well. He came in with a smile, always friendly and ready to offer advice when asked. We were lucky to have had him as a customer and a neighbor for many years. May he rest in peace.
Ann and Steve Spanos, Kensington Plaza.

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