William Colpitts


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Obituary of William Colpitts

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William "Billy" Colpitts of Norton, NB, which occurred on March 24, 2020 at his home. He was born in Mercer Settlement, NB, on October 9, 1941, he was a son of the late Herbert and Margaret (Mercer) Colpitts. Billy is survived by his loving wife Treva (Legassie) Colpitts; children: Kathy (Paul) Cosman, Anne Marie (Gordie) Snyder, Lorna (Darrel) Raven; step-children: Steven Jefferies, Micheal (Jean) Jefferies, April Thompson (Eric Daigle) and Gary (Loranda) Thompson; grandchildren: Katelyn, William, Ashley (Jed), Abby, Jessica, Brandon, Clint, Megan, Marty (Kayte), Andrew (Amy), Sara, Alex, Gage, Zefram, Arist; great grandchildren : Emerald, Anika, Heather, Zane and Mya; sisters: Edna (Jim) Chown of Sussex, Shirley McLeod of Saint John, Barbara (Rick) Dennison of Sussex, and Linda Colpitts of Norton; brother Hallie Colpitts (Janet Main) of Sussex, NB; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Billy was predeceased by his parents Herbert and Margaret Colpitts and wife Thelma (Jan) Colpitts. Billy had a strong work ethic and a genuine love for people. He always gave the people he met his time no matter what their age. Whether it was showing what he called his "scalawag" up the road how to make jam or talking to her father/grandfather about breeding horses he had a way of making a person feel important. He started travelling at a young age and loved the west and his family there. He held many jobs during his life from working in Saunders saw mill, a cookie on the railroad, a bus boy at the Royal Hotel in Saint John. He delivered coal when you bought it by the pound. When he was travelling he worked as a pin boy at a bowling ally in Hamilton Ontario. He said it was the only work going and a person had to work. He also said on Friday nights the people would get rowdy and try to hit the pin boy. He left that job to go sell shoes at Ague Surpass. When he finally settled down he went back to Saint John Shipbuilding and Dry Dock where he finished his career. Within his family and friends Billy had many names, Papa, grampie, Da, Dad, the BBC, Sam, hayshaker. Billy was very proud of his family and told of their exploits whenever he could. His love for music and dancing was well known. Kitchen parties with Gordie and Hughie Snyder, Austin McGinnis, Terry Gayle, Nick Miller, Patrick O’Donnell and all his musical friends was one of his pleasures. At the end of hunting season Russell Masons giblet stew was a must. Twirling another one of his scalawags at the dances was also a must. Billy was known for his special greeting of "you old hounddog" and his quote of "if you can’t be good be careful" was well known. Billys love for his family was matched only by his love for his horses and pride in being a cowboy/farmer. From his first pony as small boy to his last colt Maggie he loved his horses. He considered himself very privileged to have so many great friends and to be able to live on "his piece of heaven" his farm in Norton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sherwood’s Funeral Home and Life Tribute Centre (506-839-2156), 18 Scovil Road, Norton, NB, with times and dates to be announced. Memorial donations in memory of Billy may be made to the memorial of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences to the family and donations may be made through SherwoodsFuneralHome.com
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