BYGRAVE, William (Bill) John

William (Bill) John Bygrave peacefully passed away in his 90th year, surrounded by his loving family on February 19th, 2019 in Prince Edward County, Ontario after an illness with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in East York, he was the only child of proud parents William Charles and Dorothy (Harrop). For over 45 years, Bill had a successful career in the graphic arts business in Toronto. Bill married his love, Elizabeth (Darnley). They were blessed with 4 children and enjoyed raising their family on Earlton Road in Agincourt. In 1981, they purchased a second home in Prince Edward County and later retired to Bloomfield. Bill & Elizabeth enjoyed collecting antiques as well as entertaining friends and family. He had a great interest in photography, jazz music, reading and Canadian Military history. Bill was a dedicated family man and considered his family to be his greatest achievement. Bill will be missed by his loving wife Elizabeth, his children: Janice (Gary Scharf), Bill (Lori), Rob (Laura), Jennifer (Glenn Schmelzle) and grandchildren: Julie (Brian McGowan), Jessica (Robert Cockburn), Bradley (Alicia), Erin (Brandon Romanchuk), Madison (Jeffrey Heard), Matthew, Brian, Graham, Ian and great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Mallory, Elliott and Kinsley. There will be two remembrance gatherings: Saturday, March 2nd at the Picton Golf & Country Club (Hwy 49, Picton) from 12pm-4pm and Monday, March 4th at the Whitby Centennial Building (416 Centre St. S. Whitby) from 2pm-8pm. Bill will be interred at Pine Hills Cemetery, Toronto at a later date. Bill’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at West Lake Terrace who provided tremendous support and care to him through these past difficult years. The family would appreciate donations in his memory made to the children’s burn camp, Camp Bucko, supported by Toronto Firefighters at Arrangements entrusted to the Ainsworth Funeral Home, 288 Noxon Avenue, Wellington. Online donations and condolences at