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William “Bill” Theodore Geris

January 5, 2023

Passed peacefully in London, with family by his side on Thursday, January 5, 2023, in his 72nd year. Beloved husband of Kathy for 50 years and loving father of Mark and David. Dear brother of Rita and Frits; brother-in-law of Bernie, Paul, and Jean; and friend of Jane and Neil, the partners of his siblings. Dear cousin of family in Kingston, Woodstock, London, Indiana, and the Netherlands. Dear uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews in Cambridge, Woodstock, London and surrounding areas. Predeceased by parents Theodore and Emilie; sisters Hendrica, Kay, Ann, Willie, Ellie, Mary; and brother Harry.

Bill worked in the financial sector and was respected by many within Rochdale Credit Union, Canada Trust, Royal Trust, Royal Bank and Royal Mutual Funds Inc. He was a natural leader at work, in social clubs, sports teams, fund-raising and family events.

Charismatic, funny, engaging, and competitive, Bill was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching professionals but he loved creating and participating in games and activities with loved ones.

Family was most important to him. His laugh and love made him shine amongst family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. He will be missed.

Visitation will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Sunday, January 15, 2023, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place.

Those wishing to make a donation in Bill’s memory are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, or Mission Services London.

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My sympathies Mark & Geris family. Your father was a good man with a good heart. Always welcoming us kids in your house on Lynn.

~ Ryan Rusich



Kathy -- sorry to hear about Bill''s passing. We always enjoyed our laughs together at the bridge table.

~ Anne and Art Van de Coevering

Kathy - I am so very sorry to hear of this sad news. I thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge with both of you on Wed nites and valued our conversations. The world was a better place with Bill in it. Rita - so sorry on the loss of your brother. This cannot be an easy time for your family and my thoughts are with you. Prayers sent all of your ways!

~ Wendy Stockford

My deepest sympathies to the Geris family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Bill was a great man and father and will be sorely missed.

~ Suzy Gushie

I worked with Bill at Rochdale Credit Union when I was very young. He was an amazing boss with great leadership and life skills. Always a smile and in a great mood. My sincere condolences. Barb McKenzie

~ Barbara McKenzie

Our deepest condolences Kathy, Mark, David & family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Cherish all your memories.

~ Natalie, Max, Alexis Ryan & Chris French

I first met Bill thirty years ago when my husband Jim was transferred to Windsor with Royal Trust. He was the kind of person that you like immediately. Funny, kind, generous and welcoming. He and his wife Kathy were certainly among the nicest people I have met in Windsor, making the big transition to a new city much more comfortable for our, at the time, young family. I will always remember Bill's big smile and laugh. He was one in a million. Jim and I send our deepest condolences to Kathy and David and Mark, as well as the extended family.

~ Kathy Morrison

Kathy and Family, our heartfelt condolences to all of you on Bills passing. He was a great colleague. I always remember despite his position how well he treated me and all of his staff. I remember many trips with him through south western Ontario and always laugh when I look back and remember that he was proud to know the location of every Tim Hortons along our route. Bill had a great sense of humour and was a pleasure to be with. I was truly honoured when he joined our RMF team. A great colleague, friend and family man. A big loss for all. Keeping you in our thoughts. Sam and Janice

~ Sam Palumbo

Dear Kathy, I am so very sad to hear of of Bill’s passing. I always enjoyed bridge games with both of you at the London Bridge Club. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Please accept my sincere sympathy in your loss. Warmest regards, Gail Janus

~ Gail Janus

A donation has been made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Message from the donator: Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

~ Riny & Frank Odorico

Bill has been an Uncle and a friend threw marriage Someone for my kids and his family to look up to ,and turn to in anytime of need or consultation he will truly be missed by all that knew and loved him.

~ Everett Earl

Kathy and family, so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I hope he didn't suffer from any illness or mishap. It really hits home when we learn of our fellow classmates who have left us far too soon. I hope you and the family are doing well and wish you all the best in this trying time. Your long ago friend, Linda and Grant

~ Linda Currah

Kathy & family; sincere condolences from the Fairles’. I truly enjoyed my years working at RT & RB wth Bill; he was a great guy.

~ Bruce & Brenda

Our condolences to Neil and Ellie's children and the rest of the family members. God will be there for you to lean on in this time of sorrow.

~ Robin and Colleen Steven

Dear Kathy and Family, We are very sorry to hear about Bill. Please accept our sincere condolences, caring thoughts and prayers. Bill was a friendly, fun, guy. We enjoyed playing crockinole with him. He will be missed. Tony and Rich

~ Tony and Rich Vanden Hoven

Dear Kathy, we were very sad and shocked to learn of Bill’s passing. We always enjoyed the brief times we had playing bridge with you both at the London Bridge Club. His obituary described him as we knew him…friendly, great sense of humour, welcoming and competitive. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Warm regards, Sandra and Don Letton

~ Sandra and Don Letton

Kathy: We send our sincere condolences to you and your loved ones when we read of Bill's passing. Norm immediately said " I have never met a nicer or kinder man than Bill". Quite a testimonial that I am sure you have heard from his many ,many friends. Our thoughts are with you at this emotional time. We have fond memories of you both that we will continue to cherish. If in the future we can help in any way, please don't hesitate to ask. Norm and Betty

~ Norm and Betty Porter

Dear Kathy and family, Many moons ago Kathy and Barb worked together at Rochdale Credit Union. The girls decided that Bill and I could/should go to the Indy 500. We had many laughs that weekend. I remember that Bill came back looking like a lobster. Over the years those memories have never left us . We share your pain knowing that one of the best have left . Terry and Barb Crawford

~ Terry and Barb Crawford

my condolences to Kathy and the entire family ... playing with Bill helped me immensely during my first year in the backfield with him in Senior Football at CASS ... he had fun and it was contagious

~ Jim Racknor

Time and distance may have separated our families, but you and Kathy were always willing to give of yourselves to help and communicate with my family here in Florida. Bill will be missed by all who knew him. The Florida Clan

~ John Lorenowicz

Kathy, Mark, David and families, my sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. Working with Bill at Royal Trust was such a great experience. He was always smiling, finding the best in people and situations and seeing the cup half full. He was compassionate, a great teacher and coach and patient. Our paths never crossed, unfortunately, after Bill retired, but I thought of him often and always with a smile. My thoughts are with you.

~ Charlene Thomas

Dear Kathy, Mark and David, When we think of Bill the first thing that comes to mind is that big smile. His genuine interest in listening to what was going on with us and our family. His great love for family was so apparent. It is unfortunate that we can not be there to give condolence hugs in person but know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. In our thought, Rosemary and Al

~ Rosemary and Al Enevold

My deepest condolences to your family. Bill had such a big personality, he brought warmth to every room he was in. Bill taught me all about mutual funds and giving advice, later he was my IRP and I was always grateful for his approach. He somehow convinced me to bartend in a parking lot at a concert fundraiser for the football club too- he had a way about him that made everything fun. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

~ Melissa Brock

So very very sorry Kathy and family for your loss. Working with Bill was always a pleasure, a gentle giant he was with a huge heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

~ Tracy Weaver

Kathy and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. The photo you have chosen personifies Bill. Always a big smile as he hit a scintillating shot past us in tennis. He will be dearly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Regards, Jan and Erwin

~ janet lanaus and Erwin

We are extremely saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to Kathy, Mark, David and entire family. Bill was a true gentleman, great friend and was loved by one and all who knew him. May he rest in peace!

~ Garry & Wendy Hartman

My condolences to Kathy and family. I (Dianne) worked with Bill at RBC. We also connected during your trips to Kingston ... Brian usually managed a golf game with Bill, Fritz and Hans. My thought will be all of you.

~ Brian & Dianne Harris

It is very sad reading this, but having worked with Bill for a number of years, the words within are exactly how I remembered and admired him. Even during challenging times he had a wonderful smile and a sense of optimism. My condolences to his family and close friends.

~ Ron Foss

Dear Kathy, Mark and Dave, We are so saddened by the loss of our dear cousin Bill. We knew him to be a loving husband, father, brother, friend and to us, cousin. From his athletic achievements in his younger years, through a successful banking career and a long history of support for athletics in his community, Bill lived his life with vigour, enthusiasm and care for those he loved. He was proud of his Dutch heritage and nurtured relationships with the offspring of his father’ s three brothers who all made the brave decision to settle with their families in Canada in the 1950’s. Over the years Bill made many trips down the 401 to connect with us in Kingston, the most recent this past July, a cherished visit joined by his beloved Kathy, siblings Rita and Frits and sister in law Bernie. We will miss his warm and giving spirit and find peace knowing that he has reunited with his parents and siblings in heaven. May Bill Rest In Peace. With Love, Your Kingston Geris cousins and their families.

~ Will Geris

Services for William “Bill” Theodore Geris

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

January 15, 2023 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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