Pictou Advocate Obituaries

ROBERTS, William Thomas


– 84, of Malagash Station, passed away July 7, 2016 in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst.

Born August 21, 1931, he was a son of the late Arthur and Jessie (Strayhorn) Roberts of Bayhead.

Bill spent his entire career as a heavy equipment operator with a specialty in excavators. He began his career in Calgary, moving on to Ontario, and then back to the Maritimes, living in the Halifax area for many years. Known as ‘Backhoe Bill,’ he was employed with Whebby’s Construction Ltd., Municipal Contractors of Bedford and retired from Bernie Fancy Construction Ltd., Halifax. After retirement, Bill moved back home, settling in Malagash Station. He had a great love of snowmobiles, four-wheelers, and the camaraderie the trails provided.

In recent years, Bill could be found having a coffee at the Shell station in Tatamagouche, getting there by one of his many vehicles, telling a story or sharing a laugh with his many friends. Most recently Bill was a resident of High Crest-Springhill Nursing Home, where he made new friends and enjoyed the company of residents and staff.

Bill was predeceased by his brothers, Edward (Jessie), Bruce (Mary); brothers-in-law, Reg Hayman and Gordon Toole.  He is survived by brother, Scott (Judy) Roberts, Waverley; sister, Thelma Hayman, Bayhead; nieces and nephews.

Survivng are his companion, Katherine Shivers, Malagash Station and her sons, Wally (Barb), Dartmouth; Trevor, at home.  Memorial service was held July 17 in Bayhead Union Church.

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