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William Gordon Lister
March 5, 1926 - November 17, 2015
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle, William Gordon Lister passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in his 90th year. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Alma, and his three sons Gordon, Kenneth, and Robert and their spouses Priscilla, Anne, and Eloise. His memory will be cherished by his grandchildren Tara, Erin, Todd, Adrienne, Meredith, Meryl, Jeremy, and Warren. His great grandchildren, Jamie and Keaghan, will miss his loving smile and warm manner. Bill was pre-deceased by his sister, Jean Gillies. Bill was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but his elementary, high school, and university years were spent in Vancouver. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1948 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. This was followed with a Masters of Business Administration granted by McMaster University in Hamilton after his return east to take on responsibilities in the Head Office of Canadian Canners Ltd. Bill’s role evolved through Canadian Canners retiring in 1987 in the position of Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. Throughout his years in business, Bill contributed to Hamilton’s community serving in roles such as Director of Junior Achievement, a member of the United Way Budget Committee, a member of the Business Advisory Council at the McMaster University School of Business, a trustee on the McMaster University Pension Plan Committee, and member and President of the Hamilton Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute of Canada. He became a Mason upon joining Seymour Lodge # 272, A.F. & A.M., GRC in Ancaster in 1968. He served as auditor for Seymour Lodge for a number of years and for the year 1977 he was Worshipful Master. Bill joined Murton Lodge of Perfection in 1971, the Hamilton Sovereign Chapter of Rose Croix in 1978, and Moore Sovereign Consistory in 1978. In 1997 he was coroneted an Honorary Inspector-General 33° and member of the Supreme Council 33° of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada. He served as Grand Chaplain of Murton Lodge of Perfection for the years 1978 through 2001 and in November 2001 he was proclaimed an Honorary Thrice Puissant Grand Master of Murton Lodge of Perfection. Bill was passionate about the community in which he lived and served in a variety of ways. He was involved with the Congregational Board of Marshall Memorial United Church in Ancaster and for eleven years served as cub and scout leader. Since 1983 he was an active member of the Rotary Club of Hamilton receiving the Presidential Award of Merit for 2010-2011. He and Alma worked with the Meals on Wheels organization, he was a member of the Probus Club of Hamilton, and for many years - on a voluntary basis - through the Ancaster Information Centre prepared income tax returns for seniors. For his community contributions, William was honoured and humbled to receive the 2009 Ancaster Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Ancaster Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Bill enjoyed a remarkable life and although his time on this earth has come to a close, he will live on as long as his memory fuels stories to be told. With family, friends, community members, and associates all holding his memory dear, Bill will live for generations to come. Visitation at DODSWORTH & BROWN Funeral Home ANCASTER CHAPEL, 378 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m., with a Masonic Service to follow at 9 p.m. A Life Celebration will be held at MARSHALL MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH, 20 Gilbert Avenue (at Fiddlers Green Rd), Ancaster on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. A private family interment will take place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Marshall Memorial United Church or to the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation - Dyslexia Learning Centre.