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William “Bill” Rushak June 20, 1930 - April 24, 2022

In loving memory of Bill Rushak who passed away on April 24, 2022 with family by his side.

Bill was born in Winnipeg, MB on June 20, 1930 to parents Michael and Mary Rushak.

In 1950, he moved to Fort Frances for work and met the love of his life Mavis Wilson. They married November 8, 1952. Shortly after, they began their family and had four children: Michael, Deana, Susan and Bradley. In the later years, the whole family moved to Dryden where Bill operated Timberlanes Bowling alley for many years. Bowling was one of Bill’s many passions. He loved the game and coaching his daughter Deana. Bill then went on to work for Ontario Lottery Corporation as well as doing the books at the Central Hotel for what became his good friend Bob Ewonchuk.

He enjoyed his annual trips with Susan to South Beach Casino or Club Regent. He always made sure Susan took him to pick up his ProLine tickets. He also enjoyed his bus trips with Mavis to Branson, Missouri to enjoy the music and atmosphere. Trips also included baseball games in Minneapolis.

Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mavis, daughter Deana (David) Marion and children: son Darryl and daughter Tanis (Joel) and family: Addison and Rya, daughter Susan Rushak and daughter: Megan (Jesse), Harley Rushak and family, sisters-in-law: Peggy Warren, Karon Wilson, Veenie Parmeter, Yvonne Rushak and Pauline Wilson, brother Jim Rushak as well as great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Bill was predeceased by sons Michael and Bradley, brothers-in-law: Gerald Pearson, Arden Wilson, Doug Wilson and daughter Desiree, Howard Wilson and son Jason, Ken Warren, Wally Parmeter, sister-in-law Anne Pearson and brother Ernie Rushak.

Bill is at peace now that he is reunited with his boys.

As per Bill’s wishes a private family Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Condolences(6)

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    Wendy Black says

    Dear Mavis, Deana, Susan and families..I was so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was well-loved by our family as you all know. He was a great bowling coach for me as well. Lately I often ran into him at Patricia Gardens outside for his puff and always stopped to say hi.. Thinking of you all and offering our deepest condolences and sincere hugs.
    Love Wendy (Stansfield) and Dan Black

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    Elgin Snider says

    Mavis, Deana, and Susan,
    My dearest thoughts are with you,
    Cherish the memories.
    Elgin

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      Don Compardo says

      Mavis and family.
      Sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. Still can remember some of the pot games we used to have when some of us young guys used to get whipped by the old guy running the alleys. Mine and Heather’s thoughts are with you at this time.

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    Inge Desautels says

    Mavis and family. my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.
    Inge Desautels

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    Sheri Lynne Martin says

    Dear Auntie Mavis, Deana, Susan & Families,
    We were so sad to hear of the passing of Uncle Bill. He was always so gentle, welcoming, and had a genuine sweetness about him. I am sure you will miss that sparkle in his eye, and his mischievous grin. We are sending lots of love and prayers your way. We will see you soon.
    Love, Sheri Lynne & Robert Martin

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    Anne-Marie Wonta says

    Dearest Mavis and Family,
    I last spoke to Bill on his 90th Birthday, how time passes. I am so sorry for your loss Mavis💔
    I’ll always remember the incredible garden he dug for me when you had visited in Toronto, but more than that was his gentle spirit and kindness, and oh how he loved you. ♥️ My thoughts , prayers and condolences to you and your family..
    Lovingly,
    Anne-Marie

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