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OFFICIAL TRIBUTE FOR

William (Bill) John Cosworth

1961 - 2021

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It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of WILLIAM JOHN COSWORTH (“Bill”, “Coz”, “Will”) surrounded by his loving family at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the age of 59 after a brief and heroic battle with cancer. Bill will forever be in the heart of his loving wife and best friend Debi. He will be deeply missed by his beloved daughter Emma and his future son-in-law Meshach. Cherished son-in-law of Mary (Lloyd), Ron (Linda), his brother-in-law Colin (Tammy), and he will be missed by his nephews Cade and Nathan, his furry family Bentley and Zeus and many friends and family. Dear son of the late Melba and William A. Cosworth and his sister Christine. Radio broadcasting was a passion for Bill and he was affectionately known as ‘Coz’ by his colleagues and broadcasting friends. He began his on-air career in Barrie at CKBB and then on to Rock 95, from there, afternoon host at CHAY 93.1. FM. After leaving CHAY FM in Barrie, Bill operated his own freelance company where he voiced and produced radio and television commercial voiceovers, movie trailers, narration, promo IDs and social media applications throughout North America. Bill had many talents and he especially loved playing the guitar, listening to music and writing songs. He will be remembered for his sense of humour, his love of cars, his knowledge and wisdom, his style, his voice, his rousing discussions about world affairs and for his unwavering resilience in the face of adversity. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the doctors and nurses at RVH and a special heartfelt thank you to the RVH Cancer Palliative Care Floor nurses especially Brent, Chelsea and Sarah for their loving kindness and compassion. Memorial donations to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Care Centre (Palliative Care Unit) or the David Busby Centre (Barrie) would be greatly appreciated. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the JENNETT FUNERAL & CREMATION CENTRE. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.funeralhome.on.ca

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RVH - Palliative Care Unit
Web: https://foundation.rvh.on.ca/

David Busby Centre
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Jeff Walther

May 12, 2021 10:05 AM

Debi and Family
I just learned of Bill's passing and wanted to add my condolences, late though they are.  I had the pleasure of working with Bill during his radio debut years at CKBB.  He was a positive, hard working and very likeable man.  I remember him well and am saddened by this news.  He had a great voice, a brilliant attitude and was a friend to many.  My sincere sympathies on your loss. 
Jeff Walther

Ian Churchward

April 23, 2021 5:13 PM

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Bill, to Deb and family my hearts truly with you.  Bill and I were classmates at Georgian College and afterwards became close friends.  Our memories would be Toronto trips, our Chevy Monte Carlos, music, and wonderful times with our wives.   A huge heart, devoted friend and family man you will be missed, thank you for being part of my life my friend.  

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April 22, 2021 6:31 PM
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Grant Strasser

April 22, 2021 2:55 PM

Dear Debi,

I am deeply saddened by Bill's passing.  Bill was my first bestie; we spent what seemed like every hour together from Grade 7 through Grade 11, when I switched high schools.  He was like a brother.  We spent so much time trail riding and racing motocross, went to Toronto to the CNE, the CN Tower, and the Eaton Centre without parents. We developed our first fondness for music together, and formed each other's sense of humour.  We would go to Sam the Record Man in downtown Toronto and come back loaded with new albums, which served as a backdrop to hanging out. I can't forget the famous poster of Farrah Fawcett which he mounted in his room so proudly.  Ottaway was my second home and vice-versa, where Melba and William were my second parents. We played a formative and lasting role in each other's lives during that awkward-but-fun time of life when we transitioned from children to adults.

Thanks to you we reached out to each other just before Covid started and had a long heartfelt and touching conversation via text. We really wanted to get together and put a comma in our friendship to continue our story, because somehow life had just got in the way. Between Covid and my own cancer battle, last year was not one for reunions.  As brothers in cancer, it turned out that we had yet another thing in common, but it wasn't talked about.  I am left with great love for my buddy and profound regret that we didn't get to place that comma together. Please reach out when his life celebration is scheduled.

May Bill rest in a bed of fond memories that he so lovingly prepared for us, may he lie down with a smile.

Grant Strasser

April 22, 2021 2:53 PM

Dear Debi,

I am deeply saddened by Bill's passing.  Bill was my first bestie; we spent what seemed like every hour together from Grade 7 through Grade 11, when I switched high schools.  He was like a brother.  We spent so much time trail riding and racing motocross, went to Toronto to the CNE, the CN Tower, and the Eaton Centre without parents. We developed our first fondness for music together, and formed each other's sense of humour.  We would go to Sam the Record Man in downtown Toronto and come back loaded with new albums, which served as a backdrop to hanging out. I can't forget the famous poster of Farrah Fawcett which he mounted in his room so proudly.  Ottaway was my second home and vice-versa, where Melba and William were my second parents. We played a formative and lasting role in each other's lives during that awkward-but-fun time of life when we transitioned from children to adults.

Thanks to you we reached out to each other just before Covid started and had a long heartfelt and touching conversation via text. We really wanted to get together and put a comma in our friendship to continue our story, because somehow life had just got in the way. Between Covid and my own cancer battle, last year was not one for reunions.  As brothers in cancer, it turned out that we had yet another thing in common, but it wasn't talked about.  I am left with great love for my buddy and profound regret that we didn't get to place that comma together. Please reach out when his life celebration is scheduled.

May Bill rest in a bed of fond memories that he so lovingly prepared for us, may he lie down with a smile.

Grant Strasser

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