McKnight, James William “Bill”, 73, of Milton, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Bill was born in Milton to Archibald and Alma (Turner) McKnight on March 21, 1943. He earned his electrical technician’s trade with the Royal Canadian Air Force and later worked with Nova Scotia Power until he retired. He was a 50-year member of Prince of Wales Masonic Lodge, A.F.&A.M., Milton.
Bill enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved canoeing, camping, harvesting wood, snow plowing, and spending time with his grandson Jax. He was an avid amateur “ham” radio operator (VE1WMC) and enjoyed chatting with friends all over the world.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol Lee (Uhlman), his sons Troy (Wendy) of Surrey B.C., James (Mai-Ling) of Hubbards, daughter Julie (Aaron) of Halifax, grandson Jax, sisters Rose (Joseph) Starzomski of East River and Mary Ann (Dale) Woodroffe of Canmore, AB.
He was predeceased by his brother Harold.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool, where a masonic memorial service will be held directly followed by a funeral service on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 starting at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Judy Cross officiating. Reception to follow. Burial will be in Milton Community Cemetery. Family flowers only, memorial contributions may be made to the MS Society of Canada or an environmental charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Carol and family, I’m so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Diane & Aubrey Coombs
To McKnight family, sending our thoughts and prayers to you all at this sad time.
Helen and David Whynacht
Carol and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a good friend and such a nice guy, Just can’t believe that he is gone. Hugs, thoughts and prayers are with you all. If there is anything we can do, just let us know……David and Miss helen……
Carol Lee and family,
Please accept our sincere condolences. We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I always enjoyed our History chats when we’d see each other. You are in the thoughts of many now.
Clarke and Linda Rafuse
Diane and Aubrey Coombs
To McKnight family, sending our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Carol Lee and family
It is with great sadness that I read Bill’s obit I will miss our conversation on genealogy and Queens history
Lannie and Judy Francis
Carol and family. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. Lannie and I sure enjoyed our BBQ’s at your house and bill’s steeped tea.Stay close with family and they will get you through this. Thinking of you, Lannie and Judy
To Carol & family please accept my deepest sympathy. Bill will be remembered by all who knew him. He was a good friend and enjoyed talking to him at get togethers for Queens Connectors. May the love of friends and family help you through this difficult time.
My deepest condolences to Jamie, Troy and the rest of the Family.
Vivian Croft ( Whynot)
Carol and family
So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
Randi & Ted Dickie
Dear Carol ,Rose , Mary Ann and Family
It is very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He will be missed by many and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Sending deep sympathy and love to each of you
Randi & Ted
Kelley-Anne Hurley and Virginia Keddy
Carol and Family:
Sending our sincere sympathy to all of you. Bill was known to us as a kind, gentle man. He was the Milton historian with lots of good stories to tell. He will be sadly missed by all. Thinking of you during this very difficult time.
I am so saddened to hear that Bill has passed. He was a great friend to me and I will always have fond memories of him working on “that damned tree” that nearly demolished my house. Carol, please know that my thoughts are with you at this time, Hugs
I am sorry to hear of Bills passing.Bill was a good brother mason and wil be missed by all who knew him.On behalf of Prince of Walees Lodge and myself we send our sincere condolences and Bless you all at this sad time.
Carolyn & Reg Bennett
Carol and family…
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We always enjoyed our talks with Bill and will truly miss him.
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Carolyn & Reg
Donna and David Dicks
Carol and Family, So sorry for your loss. Our sincere sympathy to you all. Take care.
Maurice and Betty Whynot
Carol and Family: So sorry for your loss. God be with you,
Irving &Jeanette Whynot
Carol and families , So sorry to hear that Bill has passed away . I will miss our long chats at his home and mind .I am still in shock.If there is anything we can do let us know .Our thoughts are with you at this sad time .
Peggy and Richard Hatt
To Bill’s family
I am so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing ..He was a good friend , kind and generous who would do anything to help anyone . Bill was a walking history book with a unique sense of humor .He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May the love and support of your many friends and family help you and give you strength through this sad time .
Sincerely Peggy and Richard Hatt
Nina & Doug
Carol and family, we were very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Robert and Lorraine Quinn
I am deeply saddened by Bill’s passing. We exchanged genealogy information and old photos over the years, and emailed back and forth. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Arlene & Buddy Greenough
Carol and family so sad to hear of Bills passing.
Joan & Howard Henderson
Carol and all the rest of the family,
We will certainly miss Bill’s posts on Queensconnections and hearing his voice on ham radio. Bill had a great sense of humor and a fondness for Milton history and families. I hope lots of good memories will help you and your family thru this sad time. Know that you are in our thoughts.
Joan and Howard
Charlotte & Darrell
To Bill’s family
We are so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing ..He was a good friend , kind and generous who would do anything to help anyone . We never knew Bill but understand his unique sense of humor .He will be sadly missed by all who knew him we are sure. May the love and support of your many friends and family help you and give you strength through this sad time .
Sincerely Charlotte and Darrell Ward, VE1XYL & VE1ALQ
I. am so sorry to hear of Billys passing.My condolences to the family.
Sharon & Philip Thorbournre
Carol & Family
So sorry to hear of Bill passing, he well be miss. Treasure the memories
Boomie and Brenda
Dear Carol and family
Boomie and I send our deepest condolences . We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing,our prayers are with you at this sad time.
Boomie and Brenda
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss.
Bob, Gloria and Edith
Dawn Wamboldt, Arbutus Ch. 30, OES
Dear Carol Lee & family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. Be strong and if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Danny &Diana Hirtle
Carol and family, Danny and I are so very saddened to hear about Bill.He was one of Danny’s buddies,he loved Bill. So many stories as well as a few fibs were told between the two of them on many occasions. Anytime Danny wanted to know the weather he would consult Bill,he could tell it in detail. He will be missed terribly. Your in our thoughts. Danny &Diana Hirtle…
The district grand superintendent of dist.#1 Royal Arch Masons. Send his sincere condolences to the William mcknight family.Companion Bill has laid down his working tools.and accepts his much deserved rest.the members of dist,#1shall miss his dedication to the craft .youre service if need.Gordon TO’Hearn,D.G.S.
Our sincere condolences at this very sad time. Bill will be missed by many.
Patti and John
Carol and Family.
Sorry to hear hear of Bill’s passing .
Thinking of you.
Carol Lee and Family
So sorry for your loss, thinking of you all in this time of sorrow
Carol Lee and family I am so sorry for your loss .He was more friendly with Gerry so maybe they will meet once again, Please accept my sincere condolences.
John and Christina Chisholm
Sending condolences to Bill’s family. Even though we have not met most of you,Bill was my first cousin. His Dad was my mother’s sister (Mayme McKnight Clark) Thinking of all of you at this sad time.
Carol Lee and family,
Sending our condolences.
Willard and Peggy
Yvonne McNamara and Brian Muise
Dear Carol and family. It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we give you our sincere condolences. Bill was a great friend to both Brian and myself.Brian will miss the afternoon card sessions and the outings to the woods and cabin. We will miss his stories and dry sense of humor.We will treasure those memories and be there for you.
Love Richard, Kelly@Jillian
Carol and family, our hearts hurt for you on the loss of Bill our friend.We loved getting together and learning all about Jax and everything history had to offer us.Bill was funny and smart and always up for a chat and a great cup of steeped tea.Will never forget him coming down the road to Tupper Park on his tractor with BBQ in tow.So many great memories that I hope will help you all in the days to come.Love to you all.
Louise Janes & Wayne Marshall
Sending condolences to Jamie and his family at this sad and difficult time. My you take peace with happy memories.
Robert Legge and April Williams
Sending our heartfelt sympathies during this difficult time. We are very sorry for your loss.
Rob and April
Carol and Family
Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Always enjoyed our chats which had a very wide range of topics. Thinking of you
Karen & Hugh Minard
Helen (Thomas) & Gordon Hansford
Carol & family, Rose & Mary-Ann – Was sorry to read of Bill’s passing and know he will be missed. Enjoyed getting his e-mails with earlier pictures of Mlton. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Dear McKnight family and friends,
I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you all during this time and sending you my condolences.
Shirley & Paul Shot
Carol and family: Thinking of you all as you journey through this sad time.
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him,
Or you can be full of the Love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he’d want…
So sorry for your loss Julie, please take care during this difficult time. Sending love and light your way. …hugs
Dear Carol Lee
So saddened to hear that you have been widowed. Stay strong and God Bless.
Jane (Colp) Hansen
Charles and Rosie Ross
Dear Carol and Family:
So sorry to hear of Bill”s passing. Dianne told us yesterday.
Deepest Sympathy to you and all the Family.You are in our
Rosie and Charles Ross
Carol and family. I am so sorry to hear your Sweet Bill passed away . A wonderful man .I offer my condolence to you and yours.
Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp
To all of Bill’s family we send our deepest sympathy in your loss. Remember the great memories you have made over the years and they will help you in the days ahead.
Dennis Sherri Harrington
Sending our sincere condolences to the family.
My deepest condolence to you and your family
Ron & Bonnie Henderson
Carol and Family,
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.
Our sincere condolences to all of you.
We wish to express our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time .
Louise Payzant (Ralph Fisher)
Carol & Family – I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill, a kind, gentle man will be a great miss to all of you and to all who knew him. Remember all the good times as they are yours to keep.
Thinking of you with Sincere Sympathy.
Rod & Ann Golden
Carol Lee and family, we are very sorry for your loss. Our sincere sympathy to you all. Rod & Ann Golden
I am so sorry to hear of your loss Carol Lee. He will be missed.
Vesta and Dennis Sorette
Dear Carol Lee and family I am so sorry that we will not be with you this afternoon – road conditions in our area are not good at this time. Please know that we are thinking of you at this very sad time and are praying for strength for you all. I know that Bill will be missed by many .
Carol Lee – so very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing.
We are thinking of you all as you face this difficult
time in your lives.
We are not able to come today but know that our
thoughts are with you.
Hope to see you soon.
Take Care- Margaret Anne & Jerry
David and Bonnie
Sorry to hear about Bill .He was a great guy. Always up for a chat.Our sympathy to you all.
Clark and Sandra Hebb
To the McKnight family , our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow , and may you always remember the good times .
Paula & Al Doucet
Dear Carol & family,
We were very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.Always loved getting our wood from Bill,he took such pride with his wood.He will be missed.
With our sincere sympathy
Sheila D. Smith
Carol and family: Please accept my condolences on the passing of Bill way too soon. I remember Bill from high school and then reconnected through Queens Connections site and private e-mails. His postings are truly missed and left an empty space in our hearts. He will long be remembered by so many of us.
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
Carol and Family.
We were saddened to learn of Bill’s Passing.
We will cherish the memories of the get together’s with you both.
He will be missed.
Treasure the Memories.
To the family of James McKnight, I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of your loved one. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.
With sincerest condolences
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Sharon Sheppard-Rioux and Pierre Rioux
Dear Carol Lee,
It is with heart felt sorrow that I learned through our friend Yvonne that Bill had passed away. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family in this time of loss.
Many fond memories were formed through our encounters with you and Bill when we had the occasion to travel to Nova Scotia. Bill was a smart, caring, gentle soul, and he was such a pleasure to listen to being steeped in knowledge and history of the area. I will never forget the many kindnesses you both have shown. May peace, strength and comfort surround you through this trying time. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Sharon and Pierre Rioux, Quebec City (January 25, 2017)
Bob MacDonnell VE0RDM/VK4BDM
That was a shock to hear that Bill had passed away Carol.
We had worked together when the Milton Control Centre was built in 1965 and then did not see each other for about 20 odd years.
He was a good man!
Jack and Andrea Fancy
To Carol and family,
Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, I will miss Bill’s history story telling and the old pictures he would sent to me.
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing . Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness.
Andrew Starzomski & family
Dear Carol, Julie, Troy & James,
We all stunned and saddened to learn of Bill’s passing last week. He was part of many of my earliest memories, from dancing up a storm at your wedding to playing for hours in the backyard pool there as a child. I know he made a warm and welcoming impression on Sappho and we enjoyed seeing him in recent years. We wish you all much love and will be holding you close in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
Love of love,
Andrew, Sappho, Hannah, Lila & Arlo
To Carol and family sorry to here of Bill’s passing , I used to talk with him when he was working for the Nova Scotia Power he was a fine man .
So sorry to hear of your loss. You and Bill were so kind to us on our visit to Nova Scotia a couple of years ago. He was a wonderful source for me in doing my NS genealogy and will be missed by all.
Sally & Earle Slauenwhite
Hi Carol. I didn’t know of “Bills” passing until today. Sorry for your loss. Hope you are getting along well remembering all the wonderful times you and your family have had and will have in the future.