Perkins, William J. ‘Bill’

Perkins, William J. ‘Bill’

May 31st, 2020


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather. Bill passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at home with his family by his side. Complications from diabetes ravaged his body over the past thirteen years and he is now pain free and comfortable. Born on July 26, 1945 in London, Ontario and raised in Old South, Wortley Road was his home base for most of his life, until his family moved to Highview Avenue. Bill is predeceased by his parents, William R. and Dorothy M. Perkins. He leaves behind his wife Susan, of nearly 45 years, and his much-loved children, Amanda Middleton and Bo Perkins, both of London, who followed him into teaching. His pride and joy are his grandchildren, Addison and Jacob Middleton, and Boone Perkins.

Bill was a teacher with the London Board of Education and during his 33 years, he had many great success stories and loving memories of all those students he influenced. He coached football at Oakridge Secondary School, little league football for Ted Dilts Team, and then later for the Hammers for many years. While teaching, he coached any sport that needed a warm body on the bench. Wrestling was a sport he loved, and all his wrestlers were his children. He revelled in their successes and gave them many opportunities to experience sports. Weekends and holidays, he could be found driving a carload of kids to tournaments; he always enjoyed what he called the “light bulb moments” when an athlete or student realized that practice and listening to your coach did pay off.  After his coaching days, Bill found a new way to be involved in wrestling by officiating. He worked the mats locally, provincially and nationally - finding joy in watching young people develop into good athletes and great citizens, while also enjoying the comradery of other officials. He was always a great supporter of his sports teams: Western Mustangs, Maple Leafs and Detroit Tigers, as well as the London-Western Wrestling Club and the Western Mustangs Wrestling team. Bill also had a great love for hunting and fishing; he will be missed by his family with their memories of many fly-in fishing trips out of Hearst. Also missed by his fishing/hunting buddy, Ian Wilton and those long, fall mornings in the fields, when sleeping along a fence line was done as frequently as shooting a goose or duck. Although he was an only child, his cousins, Barb Muir (Mote), Bryan and Bruce Mote, and Richard Hennessey were his brothers and sister.

The family would like to thank all the doctors that have helped Bill over the past 15 years. Special “thanks” to Dr. F. Rehman for his compassion and understanding, Robin and Meadow from the IV Therapy Clinic at University Hospital, and PSW Arthur Skinner – who is now one of the family and won Bill’s heart with his kindness and deep caring. We know Bill has joined his good friend, Andy Leeper, sitting on Jacks Mountain in Pennsylvania and hunting squirrels. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider Diabetes Canada or Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities for the assistance to youth in the community.


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Book of Condolences

Linda RuitenbeekWe will remember Bill for his hearty laugh and his kind and caring manner. His work with children as a teacher and coach was invaluable. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family.
Erin PlayfordBronwyn and I send our deepest sympathies to you all. We will miss seeing Bill at horse shows!! Hugs and lots of love.
NancyMaltbyWebsterDear Sue, Mandy and Billy: I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a kind man within big smile and a hearty laugh! I am thinking about you and your families at this most difficult time. God bless Nancy
Colin Docherty Condolences Sue and Family. Bill was a great Gentleman!
Juris LigersThank you for all your volunteer dedication and time given to wrestling Bill! You will not be forgotten.
Bill Hogarth It is with great sadness that I learned of Bill’s passing. I considered Bill a great friend. We shared long conversations on how to build and improve wrestling at every level. What I admired about Bill the most was his gentle heart. He never missed an opportunity to help any kid who seemed to be struggling whether on the mat or personal problems. Bill stood with the best of them in Ontario Wrestling and includes a very impressive list. I will miss you my friend, till we meet again
Gary McQuaid and Jo-Ann BirtMy family met Bill and Sue through Wrestling. Always enjoyed Bills' spirit and lack of restraint in telling a story.
Gerry Badger Sorry for your loss. I remember being in Edmonton at the Butter Dome after his amputation and putting him on the mat. He taught the young officials positioning and still having a good view of the pin. He thanked meatier that day for challenging him to not let the loss of his lower leg hold him back. Rest well my friend
Grant LavalleeBill was a leader and mentor to me with Youth wrestling. I always looked up to him and is a great loss to our wrestling community. Deepest sympathies to all of his family.
Yvonne Cummiskey Sue so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers to you and family. Bill has given so much to the sport of wrestling , with all the young wrestlers and officials he has coached and mentored. Wishing you comfort at this time and sending you a big hug. Yvonne and Travis Cummiskey
David and Cathy KennyTo Sue, Mandy and Bo, we will always remember Bill’s big man with a kind smile and a loving heart for his family and and those around him. His work with students and coaching will leave lasting memories to those left behind. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Eric StefflerBill is one of the many people that I'm glad was part of the OAWA when I was competing, he was very kind and passionate about the sport, someone who was happy to be there. His presence helped take away the anxiety of stepping onto the mat.
Mike CircelliBill was one of the finest men I ever met. He helped me be a better football coach and a more grateful human being. I will never forget how important he was to the Hammers football team and the way he treated my children Jean-Paul, Jenna,and especially Joe (candies and all). Our families condolences to Sue, Mandy, and Bo and to their families. Rest in peace Bill.
Jennifer JolliffeI worked with Bill at Lester B Pearson P.S. in 1988/1989. I remember his dedication to his students. He had a great sense of humour and always had a smile on his face. A lovely man and a great teacher. R.I.P.
Dave WatsonI’m saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. As a teacher with the London Board, we crossed path in many ways but most often during the wrestling season. Teachers like Bill, Lorne Davis and Fred Leeson spent countless hours helping young athletes discover in themselves important life skills. Bo, you’re likely a reflection of your dad; I can remember how you were his very special athlete. Your dad will be missed but never forgotten.
Arthur SkinnerWhen VON sent me to be Bill's personal caregiver almost 10 years ago, I had no idea of the strong bond that would grow between us. As a PSW and an RPN I gave my all for him to have a better quality of life. It was always a great experience that we interacted so well together and joyful to see him happy that I was there. I will always treasure these moments and the moments with his family, that were always so giving and kind. Thank you! Sorry this time had to come, but no more pain and discomfort for you. Arthur Skinner, Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), and Personal Support Worker (PSW)
Drew St. LouisSorry for you loss Sue. Bill was a great man who had a really positive impact on me. I'll never forget my first interaction with him, we were in Regina and I was alone upset after I had just lost a big match and he saw me and came over and helped me enjoy the journey rather than focus on the defeat. I didn't even know that he knew who I was and he talked to me for 30 minutes things that hes noticed over the previous year from me. Over the next few years I enjoyed getting to know the two of you at the wrestling tournaments and hear him talk about the kids, wrestling, trips the two of you had gone one or were planning, the horses, you name it nothing was off the table. I loved that it didn't matter if it was a happy subject or a tough one he always talked open and honestly. It's been a while since we spoke last but I'll always appreciate the advice he gave to me.
Swartz FamilyOur deepest sympathy on the loss of your cherished husband, father and grandfather. Bill was a wonderful neighbor for the many years we lived in our house. His love for his family and his students was evident at all times. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Dan Van HoutteI am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I had the great fortune to coach football with Bill for many years. He also coached my sons in wrestling and was an outstanding teacher. He will be be missed. My condolences to Sue, Bo and family. Dan Van Houtte
Anne SutherlandSue, Mandy, Bo and families. So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Thinking of you at this very sad time.
Debra FraserOur thoughts and prayers are with Sue and her family . Bill's smile and gentle words will be missed by all that knew him on and off the wrestling mats. He was a true builder of the sport. He always had a sparkle in his eyes as he coached and later on referred the athletes. He never had a harsh word and was especially helpful with the younger athletes. Rest in Peace Bill, you will be missed
Mary Ellen WilliamsonSue,Mandy and Bo: Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. Cherish all those great memories. Mary Ellen
Alf McLellanI have so many fond memories of laughing with Bill when we were chatting about our experiences in teaching and coaching He was truly a wonderful storyteller and ,fabulous teacher and coach. Although we were in different systems lives crossed many times to develop a great friendship I truly am a better person for knowing Bill Rest In Peace Bill and keep them laughing
Lew lintYou know we are thinking of you. Stop by soon. ❤️
Dale ClancyBill was a great member of a wrestling family. I alway enjoyed our opportunities to be on the mats and to share fellowship. Bill’s and Sue’s involvement in wrestling has influenced many souls. My thoughts are with Sue and her family as the share many good memories.
Richard BalfourMr.Perkins was a great role model and coach for myself and many others growing up. I honestly wouldn't be the person I am today without him as well as Mrs.Perkins and for that, I am eternally grateful. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Perkins family.
Ashok KumarI am deeply saddened to hear that Mr. Bill Perkins passed away. He was one of the main pillars to the development of our youth wrestlers. I will miss the helpful advice he imparted to my younger wrestlers. My thoughts and prayer go out to the Perkins family.
Elliott VanderMeulenMy sincerest condolences to the family. I had the great luck to have your husband and father as a teacher and coach at Riverside PS many years ago. The skills and lessons that Mr Perkins taught me inside and outside the classroom have stuck with me over the years. Mr Perkins' memory will live on in me.
Tim MarksI was saddened when I saw Bill's obituary in the paper yesterday. But his picture and his smile reminded me of his joy of life and his family. I will always remember seeing Bill and Sue at all of the sporting events, sitting together most notably cheering for Bo. That's how I knew Bill and Sue, as proud parents, and will always cherish his memory.
Stan TzogasI am sad to hear about Bill passing away. My sincerest condolences to Sue and the family. I always enjoyed talking to Bill, he was passionate about wrestling and will be missed.
Kevin SpicerSo sorry for your loss, I remember Mr Perkins always being around the school helping out, he was always involved somehow. We wish you all the best.
Betty HaversIt was my privilege to have taught with Bill at Riverside P.S. His passion for teaching and coaching was inspirational. Through Bill I met Sue, my dear friend, and we raised our kids at the same time. We shared fun times and laughs together with our kids. My thoughts and prayers are with Sue, Mandy, Bo, Addy, Jacob, and Boone. I know we will all treasure our memories of Bill.
Brenda and Mel SimSue and family Our sincere condolences to your family at this difficult time of Bill's passing. You are wrapped in our thoughts and prayers. Mel and Brenda
Christine BorrowsI’m so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. I will always remember what a big presence he had in the community, and his love of his family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Fred and Cheryl GalbraithDear Susan and Family ~ Sending our sincere condolences to you and yours in the recent passing of your husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. May warm memories bring you comfort, strength and peace in the coming times. Fred & Cheryl
Beth and Gord BrooksSo sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a wonderful man and great neighbour on Balcarres Rd. Our deepest condolences to you, Sue, and your family.
Jim GurrSorry so sorry about Bill's passing. We both began teaching in the 1960's at Princess Elizabeth School. We always had such good times together and Bill was such a great teacher with his students. I am sorry Susan for your loss. Jim.
Andrew ShantzSue, Mandy and Bo; I am so sorry about your loss. Please accept my sincerest sympathy.
Jean Doherty So sorry to hear of your loss, Sue, Mandy and Bo. Bill was such a fun guy at all those parties we used to have on Balcarres Road. My heart goes out to you all. I will let Andrew know of his passing.
Diane DesChateletsMy condolences to Susan and family. I am sure Bill will still be watching over you and his many friends.
Jeff & Gloria KafkaWe met Bill and Sue 44 years ago when Jeff and Bill were on the same slo-pitch team (ANAF) and for the past 42 years have enjoyed their company at Western Mustang football games. Along the way there were kids, grandkids and many, many Girl Guide cookies, mutual friends and all of life's twists and turns. At every step we have been lucky to have the Perkins family as friends. Section C will never be quite the same. -Jeff & Gloria
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