William “Bill” Earl Siegner Jr., of Walkerton passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Walkerton, in his 48th year.
Bill will be cherished by his loving wife Margaret (nee Wright) and their daughter Alicia (Jason Schlorff). Bill’s grandchildren Cole, Wesley and Tyler will miss their papa dearly. Billy will be lovingly remembered by his mother Phyllis Siegner and his sisters Dawn Ann Hannah (Greg), Vicki Merrifield (Stephen), Kim Schnurr and Alison Luedke (Owen), his mother-in-law, Dianne Wright and his brother-in-laws, John D Wright (Amy) and Dwayne Wright (Jackie Patterson), his many nieces and nephews, as well as his extended family, Linamar family, and his many terrific friends, especially by his lifelong friend, Sean Brears, who was like family to Bill.
Bill is predeceased by his father, William Allister Siegner, and grandparents Earl and Wilhemina Siegner, Alphonse and Rita Berberich.
Bill was born in Walkerton on June 25, 1974, the fourth child to Bill and Phyllis Siegner who couldn’t have been happier to finally have their precious baby boy. Bill was raised on the Siegner family farm on the south line of Brant with his four sisters, Dawn Ann, Vicki, Kim and Alison. In his baby book his mother noted that at one year of age Billy was a happy boy who loved music (particularly country and western), playing with musical instruments, and singing into his skipping rope microphone. As a wee boy, Billy was particularly interested in farm machinery and anything to do with farming. He’d head to the barn in his favourite red rubber boots at every opportunity. His sisters fondly remember their brother’s many antics while growing up on the farm. Even as a child, Bill was fun loving, filled with laughter and what some might call “full of the nick”.
Moving to Guelph, becoming a licensed machinist and working for Linamar turned out to be a turning point in Bill’s short life. Bill had an exceptionally successful career at Linamar quickly moving into management and taking on a variety of management roles throughout his career.
More significant than his career, Linamar is where Bill met the love of his life, his wife Margaret, and they quickly became a family along with Margaret’s daughter Alicia. The farm was Bill’s happy place and he eventually convinced Margaret to move to the Siegner farm (as long as Margaret could get some horses!) and together they set forth making a life they loved. Bill took on the task of making the old farmhouse a home for Margaret and their family (only leaving a few little jobs undone). Bill and Margaret were married on August 20, 2005. Always the entertainer, and despite Margaret’s discouragement, Bill enjoyed singing a love song to his young wife the day they were wed.
Bill’s family was his whole world. Bill was totally and madly in love with his beautiful wife and was extremely proud of their daughter Alicia and his three grandsons but had a particularly special place in his big heart for his first grandson Cole. Cole and papa loved spending time farming together, going to hockey and joking, particularly at Margaret’s expense. Sunday was for family and Sunday family dinners were very important to Bill.
Bill loved farming and living on the farm and he certainly didn’t leave it much. Friends and family knew they could stop by unannounced anytime and would be welcomed with open arms, a joke and a drink. But if you stayed too long you may get put to work (just ask Eric and Sean)!
Bill had a charismatic personality and a big heart that led to a life filled with many cherished friendships. He was “that guy” you wanted to sit beside because he would make you laugh, teach you a lesson and help solve your problems.
The qualities Bill had as a child carried into his adult life. He was charming, fun loving and the consummate entertainer. Entertaining people by singing and playing his guitar was common practice. Sing-a-longs were his favourite and he had a knack for including everyone that wanted to partake. He particularly enjoyed encouraging his nieces that had musical talents to join into a song that was rehearsed just for them. Bill thought he was being particularly entertaining when he started ad-libbing and making up his own verses to songs. Campfires and sing-a-longs just won’t be the same without our favourite entertainer!
A piece of our hearts has died with our dear husband, father, papa, son, brother and friend. Bill will be dearly missed but we will remember him with love everytime we feel a gentle breeze on the Southline or hear one of his favourite songs.
Friends and relatives are invited for visitation from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Cameron’s in Walkerton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022, at Sacred Heart Church, Walkerton. Fr. Leszek Szczygiel officiating. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton.
A livestream of mass will be available through the "Webcast" link below.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Heart & Stroke would be appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be made online at www.cameronfuneralhomes.com