DAVIS William ‘Bill’ Russell

Born January 20, 1940. Passed away June 17, 2021.
Bill Davis

Funeral Notice

Private service

A private funeral service for Mr. William Russell Davis will be held on Thursday 24th June at 2.30 pm.

Bill's service will be live-streamed through our website.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date to be confirmed.

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  1. Simply the best Billy !

    Gary WilliamsJune 23 2021 10:17 am
  2. Dear Jose, Erin, Rohan, Andy, Mitchell and Leo
    So sorry we can’t be with you at this sad and difficult time but know we are with you in spirit. Bill, to me, was a gentleman who didn’t seek the limelight but his intelligence and knowledge shone through wherever he was. He was Bill and he didn’t pretend to be otherwise. I wish we had had more time over the years to really get to know him. He will be missed.
    Deepest sympathy to you all.
    Love, Ruth

    Ruth CoffeyJune 23 2021 5:33 pm
  3. Bill – you were an educator. A man with a wonderful story telling skill. Behind each article, book or topic that you felt needed to be better known came your background words.
    Your quiet manner, sense of humour and smile will always be behind those stories as you explained the historical impacts, personalities and consequences of each.
    Our family in Adelaide always cherished those times at Easter and Christmas and the two families shared a special bond – thank you for your sharing.
    We always observed you giving support and attention to Erin & Rohan – always caring for others – always being a friend……the Hughes kids had you on a high pedestal.
    The return love and care shown by Jose is reflective of the lasting companionship you shared.
    Your courage and dignity in the final chapter was amazing – Rest In Peace.

    The Hughes Family
    PS – Hope you get fish & chips & a cold beer at the gate and tell St Peter who you really barracked for!

    Delia & Terry HughesJune 23 2021 9:06 pm
  4. Bill, you will be missed. We’ll always remember your wonderful stories (though not sure if you made some of them up!) and the wonderful memories, especially our Kimberley trip. RIP Bill. Love Clare, Peter, Brenton, Tamara & families xx

    Clare BurkeJune 23 2021 10:46 pm
  5. RIP Bill. May the joys of your memories and the courage of your love be there for your loved ones as they find their way through a new normal. May you be at heavenly peace xxx

    Melanie DavyJune 24 2021 10:35 am
  6. I will always remember Uncle Bill as such a kind, gentle yet strong man who always stood up for his beliefs. I’ll always remember the times as a kid I got to visit and stay with you, Jose, Erin and Rohan. You will be sadly missed by all of your family. Rest in Peace Bill. Love Jess, Mitch, Curtis and Elise.

    Jessica AmbroseJune 24 2021 1:10 pm
  7. Rest In Peace Billy as you have surely earned the right to down tools , Billy you where my first ever contact with “the Union Movement “ and The Plumbers Union in particular . You came striding in onto The Ballarat Base Hospital site in the late seventies climbed up onto the scaffold and in and loud voice yelled” stop work we are having a site Union Meeting “ later that day you pulled all the plumbers in another meeting after which you signed me up in the Union. I liked and respected you from then on, you will be sadly missed at The Retired Members diners , your work here is done but may you never be forgotten.

    Peter wilsonJune 24 2021 1:12 pm
  8. RIP Bill. Will always look back fondly on holidays to Melbourne and staying with you and your family.
    You will be sorely missed!
    Our sympathy and love to Jose, Erin and Rohan.
    Love Brad, Erin, Tyler & Jackson.

    Brad GauntJune 24 2021 1:30 pm
  9. RIP Billy thank you for everything you done for me never forgotten Glenn Seraceno

    glenn seracenoJune 24 2021 2:56 pm
  10. Uncle Bill,

    You brought me so much joy and laughter. So many of my best childhood memories were spent in your carefully tended to backyard. I am grateful for your sense of humour, your silliness, your passion, your wisdom and kindness, attributes which you carried with you in all your years of life. Also attributes that you passed along to your own children and grandchildren. You will be so missed by so many but your contribution to our world and our lives will go on forever.

    Love Cait

    CaitlinJune 24 2021 3:36 pm
  11. Bill a man of so much Knowledge your kind heart shone though everyone including me thanks for all the memories you leave with me my dear friend but most of all thanks for just being you I could have been having a bad day but your positive outcome to almost anything was remarkable it’s been a true pleasure knowing you and your beautiful family I wish we got more time together
    Forever your friend
    Kylie xo

    KylieJune 24 2021 5:54 pm
  12. Dear Jose , Erin and Rohan ,
    What a sad day for you and for the world itself , to lose such a fine man . Someone who had strong beliefs and stuck to them , someone to be admired by everyone who came into contact with him.
    A man of history , a man of compassion and yet just a humble Bill. Jose , you have been very lucky to have had such a good man take care and support you for such a huge part of your life. I know you will miss him so terribly , but drown yourself in those wonderful Memories. Thinking of you so much on this Day and so sad that we couldnt be all with you at such a time. Love John and Trish , Brett and Alicia.

    John CoffeyJune 24 2021 8:23 pm
  13. Dear Jose, Erin, Rohan, Andy, Mitch and Leo,
    So sorry for the loss of Uncle Bill.
    He was such a gentle soul who always had time for anyone. He could hold a conversation with all people, young and old and from all walks of life.
    Our thoughts, love and hugs are with you all xxxx
    Love the Coffeys xxx

    AliciaJune 25 2021 12:27 am

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