William Latham

William Matthew Latham

Wednesday July 24, 1946 - Tuesday February 25, 2020
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Latham, William
July 24, 1946 - February 25, 2020

William Matthew Latham, known to friends and family as Bill, age 73, of Havilland Bay left the Soo area this Tuesday the only way he would ever be inclined to do so - by escaping the mortal realm entirely.
He is survived by his patient wife, Patti who was the love of his life for 46 years. The two have lived a happy, simple life centered at the camp, filled with good friends, family, food, drinks, and many bonfires.
He is also survived by his daughter Ruth and her husband Jeff, his son Matt and his grandchildren Penelope and Gloria all of whom were great sources of pride and love in his life. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Madonna, cousins Brian and Gary, nieces, and many, many good friends
Bill taught at Bawating, the Alternative School, and White Pines where he imparted knowledge of math, science, and art into the brains of countless young people. He ended his career as librarian at White Pines and volunteered with Friends of the Library sitting on the Library Board of the Sault Public Library for years. In his retirement, winter vacations to Texas brought new friends and great joy.
He enjoyed many things: sailing, white wine, gymnastics, his wife Patti’s cooking, white wine, home, always having a project, good friends, two step dancing, the blues, Texas, and white wine. He was a renowned doer of projects; he was the original recycler and loved nothing more than to take someone’s trash and make something beautiful and functional out of it. He was everyone’s go-to for suggestions about how a project should go.
Heartfelt thanks go to the many kind doctors who tried to heal and comfort him and to the exceptional nurses at the Sault Hospital who provided much more than nursing care to Bill, and who established a peaceful and compassionate environment while on his way out of this life.
Friends can visit with the family in celebration of Bill’s life on Monday, March 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Delta Waterfront Hotel. Donations to the Sault Area Hospital or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to O’Sullivan Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 215 St. James St, 705-759-8456.
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    Monday March 16, 2020 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Monday March 16, 2020 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Delta Hotel
    208 St Mary's River Drive
    Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5V4
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Mary Ann Brick

Posted at 08:02pm
Patti & family. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Sincerely Gord & Mary Ann Brock.


Posted at 01:13pm
I was so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Such a wonderfully written tribute; a testament to a life well lived. I appreciated being able to learn more about Bill, and to acquire an update of both your experiences following retirement.
I will remember Bill for his thoughtful demeanour, and the positive encouragement provided while at the WP library.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Sincerely,
Delia Grandinetti

Richard G. Benoit

Posted at 06:16pm
Patti, Ruth and Matt.
Your family has been an enormous part of ours since I can remember. We always looked forward to your visits and ours to the ‘camp’. Bill was an early influence and helped create the foundation I have built a life and career around.
My first introduction to the value of a strong work ethic came when he, so generously, asked me to spend a summer building the Viceroy. Ruth was just a baby, the summer was long, hot and filled with the opportunity to discover. I believe he said “if you can do it yourself, why not!”
I think discovery is a pretty good word to use when it comes to Bill. He managed to make everything interesting and approachable. A simple walk could turn into a completely different way of looking at something. He always had solutions or ideas on how to find them. “No” or “can’t” were not really options and he saw the beauty in everything and everyone. Calm, sharing, fun (his laugh was definitely infectious) and open also come to mind.
My fathers friends were the coolest people I knew and Bill was certainly no exception. I think the first time I realized this was the first visit to ‘camp’. For some reason this older man, teacher and friend of my father was listening to a lot of the same records I was!
One of the funnier moments with Bill was my first, and last, sailing lesson. Overcast day, calm water and mysteriously, we ended up tipped over in the very cold mother Superior laughing, of course. To this day I believe he did it on purpose to approach sailing from a different perspective.
I write this saddened but with thanks. Thanks to a father, a friend, a teacher, a thinker and a man who gave so much to others. He will be missed and remembered.

With love,
Richard G. Benoit
Vancouver, B.C.

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