Mr. Billy Dennis Otto Thunder Bay Obituary

Mr. Billy Dennis Otto

<p>Billy Dennis Otto</p><p><br></p><p>It is with heavy hearts, that the family of Billy Dennis Otto announces the death of our</p><p>dear father and grandfather on Good Friday, March 29 th , 2024, after a long and very</p><p>fulfilling life. Dad turned 97 in January.</p><p><br></p><p>He was born in Winnipeg on January 8, 1927 to parents Carl (Charlie) and Mary Otto.</p><p>Dad met Ruth, the love of his life, through mutual family friends and they were married</p><p>on January 26, 1952 after which they relocated to Port Arthur due to Dad’s employment</p><p>with the CN Railway. In 1956, with help from Poppy (Ruth’s father) and Uncle Don, the</p><p>family home at 84 Ray Blvd was built. Here, Mom and Dad lived for more than 50 years</p><p>where they raised two children – William and Janet, welcomed 3 lovely grandchildren:</p><p>Susannah, Matthew and Elizabeth, and hosted a multitude of family dinners and</p><p>celebrations. Dad and Mom wholeheartedly embraced both Jill (Bill Jr.’s spouse) and</p><p>Jim (Janet’s spouse) as their own. Dad loved his family first and foremost and was</p><p>supremely proud of all of their accomplishments and, they returned his love a</p><p>hundredfold.</p><p><br></p><p>Dad began his apprenticeship with the CNR in Winnipeg at 16 years of age. Over the</p><p>next ten years, he earned his machinist ticket and transferred to Port Arther where he</p><p>began his new career as Assistant Locomotive Foreman. A few years later, he moved</p><p>to the Neebing Roundhouse Shop for the duration of his career. He retired in 1982 from</p><p>the CNR to accept a job in Winnipeg as an inspector with the Federal Government. He</p><p>remained in this position for six years, after which he happily retired to Thunder Bay</p><p>where he enjoyed life with Mom, took daily walks in the neighbourhood, travelled and</p><p>worked on household and church projects. Best of all, Dad enjoyed precious time with</p><p>his grandchildren.</p><p><br></p><p>In addition to being the Best Ever Dad and Grandfather, he also was gifted in many</p><p>other ways. Dad was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Church where he</p><p>cheerfully and tirelessly contributed both his time and talents to many activities there,</p><p>primarily with the Property and Maintenance Committee. Dad believed that, given</p><p>enough time and with a little imagination, most mechanical things could be fixed not</p><p>replaced! He also served on Telecare and at the Drop-In Centre at the old Lakeland</p><p>Hotel for many years.</p><p><br></p><p>Dad was a natural, inexhaustible storyteller and often would entertain family and friends</p><p>with colourful and fond reminiscences of his childhood in Winnipeg, his boyhood</p><p>summers spent on the Otto farm in Gladstone and the Kehler farm in Camper Manitoba,</p><p>and his working days with the railroad. Dad affectionately will be remembered especially</p><p>for these stories, as well as for his “world renowned” delicious homemade toffee which</p><p>he shared with one and all, his good humour and genuine friendliness, his kindness and</p><p>generosity of spirit, his gentleness, and, most of all, his unwavering and abiding loved</p><p>for his family. Dad truly was a good and loving man and we forever are diminished by</p><p>his passing.</p><p><br></p><p>Dad was predeceased by his loving wife and life partner Ruth, his father Charlie Otto,</p><p>his mother Mary “Nan” Doern and her second husband Karl Doern, his parents-in-law</p><p>(Roy “Poppy” and Anna Heintz), brothers-in-law Roy, Dave (Pearl) and Ed Heintz,</p><p>sisters-in-law Bertie (Charles) Stevens, Martie (Henry) Young, Anne (Don) Howie, and</p><p>stepbrother Russell Doern as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.</p><p>Left to celebrate Dad’s life are son William (Jill) Otto, daughter Janet (Jim) Northan,</p><p>grand-daughters Susannah (fiancé Scott Welton) Daines and Elizabeth (Geoff</p><p>McCarthy) Parsons, grandsons Matthew (Hector Acero) Otto, former son-in-law Neil</p><p>Parsons and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins from the Howie, Young, Heintz</p><p>and Otto families and special friends Christian Borland, Peter and Brenda Bound and</p><p>Tal Morgan.</p><p><br></p><p>In particular, our family extends heartfelt thanks to Christian Borland for his unceasing</p><p>support and friendship, which enriched Dad’s life inestimably over the last years; to Dr.</p><p>Scali for his stalwart care and service to Dad over more than four decades; to Dr.</p><p>Shahrour for keeping Dad’s “plumbing” running; and to Dr. Tepper who compassionately</p><p>administered care in Dad’s final moments.</p><p><br></p><p>As per Dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service</p><p>will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made</p><p>to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation – Urology Program.</p><p><br></p><p>Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 575 Central</p><p>Avenue, Thunder Bay.</p><p><br></p><p>Rest in blessed peace, Dad. We love, love, love you. You are missed beyond measure.</p>
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Billy Dennis Otto


It is with heavy hearts, that the family of Billy Dennis Otto announces the death of our

dear father and grandfather on Good Friday, March 29 th , 2024, after a long and very

fulfilling life. Dad turned 97 in January.


He was born in Winnipeg on January 8, 1927 to parents Carl (Charlie) and Mary Otto.

Dad met Ruth, the love of his life, through mutual family friends and they were married

on January 26, 1952 after which they relocated to Port Arthur due to Dad’s employment

with the CN Railway. In 1956, with help from Poppy (Ruth’s father) and Uncle Don, the

family home at 84 Ray Blvd was built. Here, Mom and Dad lived for more than 50 years

where they raised two children – William and Janet, welcomed 3 lovely grandchildren:

Susannah, Matthew and Elizabeth, and hosted a multitude of family dinners and

celebrations. Dad and Mom wholeheartedly embraced both Jill (Bill Jr.’s spouse) and

Jim (Janet’s spouse) as their own. Dad loved his family first and foremost and was

supremely proud of all of their accomplishments and, they returned his love a

hundredfold.


Dad began his apprenticeship with the CNR in Winnipeg at 16 years of age. Over the

next ten years, he earned his machinist ticket and transferred to Port Arther where he

began his new career as Assistant Locomotive Foreman. A few years later, he moved

to the Neebing Roundhouse Shop for the duration of his career. He retired in 1982 from

the CNR to accept a job in Winnipeg as an inspector with the Federal Government. He

remained in this position for six years, after which he happily retired to Thunder Bay

where he enjoyed life with Mom, took daily walks in the neighbourhood, travelled and

worked on household and church projects. Best of all, Dad enjoyed precious time with

his grandchildren.


In addition to being the Best Ever Dad and Grandfather, he also was gifted in many

other ways. Dad was a long-time member of St. Paul’s United Church where he

cheerfully and tirelessly contributed both his time and talents to many activities there,

primarily with the Property and Maintenance Committee. Dad believed that, given

enough time and with a little imagination, most mechanical things could be fixed not

replaced! He also served on Telecare and at the Drop-In Centre at the old Lakeland

Hotel for many years.


Dad was a natural, inexhaustible storyteller and often would entertain family and friends

with colourful and fond reminiscences of his childhood in Winnipeg, his boyhood

summers spent on the Otto farm in Gladstone and the Kehler farm in Camper Manitoba,

and his working days with the railroad. Dad affectionately will be remembered especially

for these stories, as well as for his “world renowned” delicious homemade toffee which

he shared with one and all, his good humour and genuine friendliness, his kindness and

generosity of spirit, his gentleness, and, most of all, his unwavering and abiding loved

for his family. Dad truly was a good and loving man and we forever are diminished by

his passing.


Dad was predeceased by his loving wife and life partner Ruth, his father Charlie Otto,

his mother Mary “Nan” Doern and her second husband Karl Doern, his parents-in-law

(Roy “Poppy” and Anna Heintz), brothers-in-law Roy, Dave (Pearl) and Ed Heintz,

sisters-in-law Bertie (Charles) Stevens, Martie (Henry) Young, Anne (Don) Howie, and

stepbrother Russell Doern as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Left to celebrate Dad’s life are son William (Jill) Otto, daughter Janet (Jim) Northan,

grand-daughters Susannah (fiancé Scott Welton) Daines and Elizabeth (Geoff

McCarthy) Parsons, grandsons Matthew (Hector Acero) Otto, former son-in-law Neil

Parsons and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins from the Howie, Young, Heintz

and Otto families and special friends Christian Borland, Peter and Brenda Bound and

Tal Morgan.


In particular, our family extends heartfelt thanks to Christian Borland for his unceasing

support and friendship, which enriched Dad’s life inestimably over the last years; to Dr.

Scali for his stalwart care and service to Dad over more than four decades; to Dr.

Shahrour for keeping Dad’s “plumbing” running; and to Dr. Tepper who compassionately

administered care in Dad’s final moments.


As per Dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service

will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made

to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation – Urology Program.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 575 Central

Avenue, Thunder Bay.


Rest in blessed peace, Dad. We love, love, love you. You are missed beyond measure.

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