Tanguay, William James

Bill (William) Tanguay passed away on March 17, 2022 in Souris after a brief illness. Bill is survived by his loving wife Betty (Elizabeth), two children Jennifer (Lee) and Chris, his brother Dennis (Cheryl), his sisters Mary Ann and Pat (George), his sisters-in-law Val and Donna, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill lived his entire life in Souris. He and his brother Dennis ran a successful business in town for over 40 years before retiring. Bill was an active member of the Souris community. He volunteered wherever and whenever needed. His community involvement started with coaching when he was in his 20s and expanded into town improvements through his work in the park and cemetery with the forestry committee. He served as a councilman for 12 years and was still in office at the time of his passing.

Bill will be remembered fondly by friends and acquaintances. He will be missed and leaves a hole behind in those who loved him.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes a private service was held. A public tree planting ceremony to celebrate Bill’s life will be held in the Souris Park at a later date. Notifications will be posted prior to the service. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to the Souris –Glenwood Forestry Program (for the purchase of new trees) c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.

42 thoughts on “Tanguay, William James”

  1. Our thoughts are with the Tanguay families as we hear of this untimely passing of Bill. Bill was a quiet man who did much for the community. As we are both past employees of Tanguay’s Hardware, it is his smile and laugh that will remain with us.
    With heartfelt sympathy, we will celebrate a good man and mourn his passing.

  2. With deep sympathy and many good memories of a fine man. So sorry to hear of your loss. Lorna Denbow Eastman

  3. Our sympathy’s to the Tanguay family .I have known Bill all my life and have always enjoyed our association through sports and our investment club. his passing is way too soon, Verne Saunderson

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Tanguay families ! Bill will definitely be missed by family , friends and the community!

  5. Our deepest sympathies to the families of Bill , he will be missed for all he has done for the town and our community

  6. We send our love to Betty, Jennifer and Chris and extended family at the passing of Bill. Ron spent many wonderful years with Bill and their combined families as a young man. I had the opportunity to meet Bill at the 125 Anniversary of Souris. He was warm and welcoming to us and we felt at home. The Tree Guy will be greatly missed.
    Ron and Maureen Tomlinson

  7. We are so very sorry to hear of Bill passing away. Our thoughts are with Betty & Family, Denny, Cheryl & Family and Mary Ann & Family at this very difficult time.
    Sincerely Robert & Marilyn Pearce

  8. Betty it has been many many years since having contact with you but I was surprised to read of the passing of your husband. Sorry for your loss.

  9. Our sincere condolences to the Tanguay families in you loss. Bill was a cornerstone in our community and he will be missed.

  10. Our very deepest sympathies Betty, Jennifer and Chris. I will always have the best memories of our special friendship. Bill was a very special person and he will always be remembered. He has passed way too soon. We are thinking of you!

  11. Deepest sympathies Betty, Jennifer, Chris, and family. Bill was such a great community guy that did so much behind the scenes. He will be missed.

  12. Our deepest sympathies to Betty and Bill’s family. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Bill was one of the first people we met on a trip to Souris before we decided to move here – he was such a kind man, and he’ll be dearly missed.

  13. Thinking of you Betty and family at this sad time
    Our sincere sympathy.

  14. To the Tanguay families we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill’s passing is a tremendous loss for the community. His dedication to his community was something to be admired. I enjoyed working at the Hardware store with Bill and Dennis.

  15. Our sympathy to the Tanguay families. Bill was a champion for Souris and did so much to enrich the town and make it the beautiful place it is. Gone too soon. Ken and Brenda Wiebe and family.

  16. My deepest condolences to Bills Family . Bill was a great man.
    Colleen Robbins

  17. Condolences to Betty, Jennifer, Chris and the rest of the family. I have many fond memories of visiting the Tanguay side of the family in Souris. It was always fun to cross the swinging bridge to get to Uncle Bill and Aunt Betty’s house. The upper floor was like a historical museum with all the photos and memorabelia. I could always find Bill when visiting the store by following his laugh.

  18. To the Tanguay Family,
    Deepest Sympathies from Jimmy and Doreen Logeot

  19. We were very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. He will be sorely missed by all.

  20. Our deepest condolences Betty, Chris, Jennifer and family. Bill was the person who was always willing to lend a hand and for this you can be assured he will forever have left his mark in our community.

  21. Our deepest sympathy from our family to to the Tanguay families May he rest in peace
    Bert and families

  22. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was truly a Souris promoter. As a council members he always had a sincere concern for everyone’s ideas and problems. He will be surely missed in so many ways. Our condolences to his family and close friends.

  23. Sincere condolences to the Tanguay families.
    Bill was a great community supporter and councilman.
    Tanguay’s Hardware was good to our Mom.
    R.I.P. Bill.

    Denise Smith-Bosc

  24. Betty, Jennifer and Chris I was very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I will remember him as a very nice and decent man. My deepest condolences.

  25. Thinking of the entire Tanguay family as you and our town have truly lost a great man. Bill was such a good friend to Jim over the years, and at times like this those old stories resurface! In our community, Bill has quietly put so much thought and work into making Souris the great place it is, and never once looked for any accolades. His quiet wisdom and his chuckle will be missed. Our sincere sympathy.

  26. We are so sorry for your loss. Bill will be sadly missed by all who knew him. We will be thinking of you with deepest sympathy. Our sincere condolences to you from Ruth, Garry and family.

  27. To the Tanguay Family,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. Dean played hockey with Bill on the Elks team, Donna went to school with Bill and Fred played football with Bill on the Canucks team.
    Cherish your memories.
    Dean and Donna Couvier
    Fred and Sharon Kelesnik

  28. Thinking of you Betty, Christopher and Jennifer; Denny and MaryAnn and Pat and your families – With gratitude for all the contributions Bill made to our community.
    With sympathy,
    Pam Whitfield and family,
    Ralph and Averill

  29. We are so very sorry for your loss, Bill will be missed by the entire community. His endless work on the forestry committee is one of the main reason our town is so beautiful. He was a quiet man that accomplished lots as well as a great neighbour and businessman. Deepest sympathy from our family.

  30. My sincere sympathy is extended to Bill’s family. Souris has lost a great community supporter.

  31. Thinking of you Betty, Jennifer, Chris, Dennis and Cheryl during this difficult time.

  32. Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss off your dear Bill. We pray the love of family & friends and your cherished memories will bring you comfort through this difficult time.
    Auntie Irena DeBacker
    Donnie, Pat & family
    Diane, Don & family
    Katherine & Bill & family

  33. Bill Tanguay was a decent, understanding and helpful person who gave my parents leeway in paying for my Dad’s purchases at Tanguay’s Hardware over those lean years while building our home in Souris. He trusted my parents to pay when they could and they always did so when the next paycheque came. My mother was always grateful for his kindness and patience with the delays in payment. This is one of my childhood memories of growing up on Aspen Avenue in Souris.
    Regards to Bill’s family and friends in their loss.
    Jennifer Biefer (nee Davies)

  34. Our deepest sympathy to the Tanguay families. Bill will be missed by our community. You are in our thoughts.
    Wendy, Neil and Family

  35. Our deepest sympathies to all the family. Bill will be missed by many.
    Norm & Darlene Bourgeois

  36. My condolences to the family.
    I have great memories of canoeing on the river with Bill, and of his love of the outdoors.

  37. our deepest sympathies from the Riddle family. Bill will be missed by all in Souris and area.
    Bob and Wilma Riddle

  38. Our deepest sympathy to the Bill’s family and friends. He was always ready with a smile and will be missed by all who knew him. Our family has special memories of Bill and his kind ways.
    Marg & Wally Kachanoski

  39. Our sincere condolences to Betty ,Jennifer, Chris, Dennis, MaryAnne and Pat. So many memories we share of Bill and Bill Sanderson and Brian Forrest digging holes, mowing grass for our walking trails. He did endless work for our beautiful park and many years on our town council. Bill could provide you with endless History of Souris with many pictures. He will certainly missed by those who knew him. Diana and Boyd McCallum, Nanaimo, BC.

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