Bill Kevan

Bill Kevan

October-03-1960 - July-01-2023

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Obituary of Bill Kevan

Kevan, William (Bill) David

It is with broken hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of William (Bill) David Kevan at his beloved farmhouse on Saturday, July 1st, 2023.  Bill was the much-loved partner of Sheila Spence and dearly missed father of Julie, David, Kaetlyn (Alex),Christina, Michael (Emilia) and his only granddaughter Elleah who he loved to watch sing and grow.  Bill is survived by his siblings Rick (Gail), Sheelagh (Ross Larocque), Donna (Shawn Kirkpatrick) and his nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his many friends and neighbours. Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Cecilia Kevan and his niece Jennifer Larocque.  He was born in Belleville Ontario on October 3rd, 1960.  In 1963 the Kevan clan bought a beautiful farm property in Stanleyville and proceeded to build up one of the most impressive dairy operations in a very short period of time.  As early as the age of 12, “Wee Bill” was his Dad’s apprentice and thrived on learning everything he could about fixing machinery, building fences, managing a growing dairy herd and cultivating the land to create crops from corn to hay.  Farming was in his blood and he loved it! He was happiest working in the fields on his tractor, cutting, raking and baling hay. He got great satisfaction from seeing the fruits of his hard work.  Like a true farmer, Bill had a deep love in his heart for preserving his precious farm land.  He took great effort in seeing that the land was fertilized and worked properly to ensure the productivity for our futures.  “Wee Bill” emanated his Dad’s great love and amazing knowledge of the world of motorcycles, especially the “Vincent” motorcycle.  Bill could talk non-stop about these amazing machines and got great pleasure from the period of time that he rode a sport bike.  Bill also had a natural born talent for playing the drums.  At a young age, he was drumming on everything from the kitchen table to the car dash until he got his own set of Ludwig drums.  His drumming had him playing in a few local bands and sitting in with many jam sessions at the Legion.  Among many talents and passions Bill was a devoted, loving and wonderful father to his 5 children.  He had unconditional love for each and every one of them.  This was a true reflection of his love of family.  Bill attended all events and special occasions for his children. He was always there for a phone call, a visit, a good laugh and a big hug when they needed it.

His empathy and thoughtfulness to people and anyone who may be struggling was incredible.  The village of Stanleyville has lost one of its very best.  His kind, generous heart, his dependability and his impressive work ethic was respected and admired by all.  He will be missed dearly by so many.


Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore Street W., Perth on Sunday July 9th, 2023 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.  A service to honour his life will be held Monday July 10th, 2023 in the chapel at 10:00 A.M. with reception to follow. A private interment will be held in White Cemetery, Poland at a later date.  In remembrance of Bill and due to his devotion to agriculture and animals, memorial donations to 4-H Canada or the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) would be appreciated. “And in the End, the love you take is equal to the love you make”.  Lennon/McCartney