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127 Church Street
P.O. Box 370
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Phone: 1-613-256-3313
Fax: 1-613-256-6300
William

William "Bill" George Tuffin

Wednesday, May 10th, 1933 - Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
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William George Tuffin
May 10, 1933 – Sept. 23, 2020
If Bill has his way, he will spend his well-earned time in heaven both fishing for trout and playing with children – two of his great loves.
A beloved husband, father and revered teacher, Bill died peacefully in Almonte General Hospital after saying goodbye to his wife of 63 years, Miriam and each of their seven children. He is survived by his children Nancy (Kevin) Dodsworth, Janet (Ian) Edwards, Carolyn (Bob Greer) Tuffin, Christine (Greg LeBaron) Dean, Lois (Jamie Hueston) Tuffin, Bruce (Stephanie) Tuffin and Sally (Garry McWillam) Tuffin and sister Mary Temoin. Bill was a proud and loving grandfather to Aimory Greer, Adrienne Tuffin, Alicen Greer, Kierann Granger, Ryland, Marissa and McKenzie Dean, Emma Edwards, Heather Dodsworth, Victoria and Zach Tuffin, Keenan LeBaron and Evelyn McWilliam; and great-grandfather to Kyra, Gabriel, Bentley, Annabelle, Jax and Elyse.
In addition to his family, Bill’s legacy carries on with his work to create Gemmill Park in Almonte and maintain Blakeney Park, plus his long-time leadership volunteer roles with the Almonte Fish and Game Club and Lanark County Crime Stoppers. He was often identified as students’ favourite teacher at Almonte High School where he taught from 1963 to 1988. He was also a key member of the team at Defence and Research Telecommunication Establishment that worked on Alouette II, Canada’s second satellite which launched in 1965.
An avid sports fan, Bill lived life fully, exploring Canada and beyond with Miriam. Orphaned in his teens, Bill was fortunate to cross paths with Doc Powers and his family, who supported his dreams and his education. From there, the young lad from Thamesford built a life with no regrets and full of love and laughter. No one who heard his laugh will ever forget it.
His family will meet for a private family funeral on Sept. 30. While we would love to have his friends, former students and colleagues attend to celebrate his life, COVID-19 restrictions limit attendance to our large family only. The Tuffin clan thanks the staff at Waterside Retirement Residence and Almonte General Hospital for making Bill’s last year and final days good ones. To carry on Bill’s legacy, please donate to the Almonte General Hospital Foundation.
Funeral Arrangements Entrusted Into The Care of
C.R. Gamble Funeral Home.
Condolences & Tributes: www.crgamble.com
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    ALMONTE, ON K0A 1A0
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Erma & George

Posted at 01:48pm
We wish to express our sincere sympathy to all the members of Bill Tuffin's family. I believe I taught most of his children at PPS and he taught ours at ADHS. At this sad time, our thoughts & memories are with you, Miriam, your children and your grandchildren.. Erma & George Brown
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Patricia Henry

Posted at 08:12pm
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of a great husband, father and grandfather. Although I personally have not seen Bill in years, I have fond thoughts and memories and I know he will be missed. My thoughts are will the whole family.
Patricia Henry-Murphy
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Laura Douglas

Posted at 01:20pm
I was Bill's travel agent for a number of years. I always loved to see him come into our office in Almonte. He invariably had a big smile and a joke to share. It made everyone in the office smile-he was contagious!. My husband and I happened to be in Newfoundland at the same time but in different areas. I had arranged their trip as well. We were waiting to go on an inland boat tour and heard a laugh behind us that we recognized. Who else? Miriam and Bill were waiting as well. Small world.
He was a very upbeat and kind man who will be missed by family and friends.
Laura Douglas
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Susan & Hugh Martin

Posted at 11:59am
Dear Christine, Greg & family:
We were so saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. We both remember him not only as a enthusiastic high school teacher but as caring, fun-loving man who contributed greatly to our community. May the wonderful memories he's left behind help you through this difficult time.
Blessings,
Susan & Hugh Martin
Almonte
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Darrell Barnes

Posted at 03:41pm
I was extremely saddened to hear that Bill has recently passed away. I was very fortunate to have known and worked with Bill when I started my career at the Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment in 1960. He was very supportive in helping a young man from Calgary adapt to his first full time job. Bill always went out of his way to make me feel welcome including inviting me into his and Miriam' home to celebrate Christmas with their family. Bill also invited me to join him on several fishing trips. While I enjoyed the the fishing portion of the trips, my only regret is that Bill also introduced me to the viscous Ottawa Valley black flies.
I remember that Bill's colleagues were surprised when he announced he wanted to be a teacher but I knew he would be very good at it and that his leadership and dedication would appreciated by his students.

My sincere condolences to Miriam and the entire Tuffin clan

Darrell Barnes
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