It is with great sadness to announce the very sudden and unexpected passing of William (Willie) Richard Joseph Jeffries. He is survived by his wife, Susan, his children, Meghan (12) and Brady (10) of Ottawa, ON. He is also survived by his sister, Marlene (Jason Ness) of Victoria, BC, his Father, Jeff (Val Beauregard), and his Mother, Lorraine, of Port Alberni, BC.

Willie grew up in Port Alberni, developing a love of the west coast and all associated activities, fishing most especially. Having worked as a fishing guide through many summers, he leaves behind many good fishing buddies and memories of fish that were caught and, of course, fish that got away.

After marrying Susan, life and employment took him to Ottawa, where he worked as a biologist for the Health Canada. While in Ottawa, Susan and Willie started a family, bringing the beautiful Meghan and Brady into this world, both of whom he loved above all else. More than anything, he would want his children to move forward in life with the knowledge of his love and pride in them.

Throughout his life from BC to Ontario, he also gained a passion for the sport of curling. Having started curling at a young age, he competed a number of times at the BC junior provincial championships. After moving to Ottawa, he became a very accomplished curler, competing at, and at times winning, numerous events around the province. Willie was known for his heartbreaking, pirate-like wins in extra ends which earned him the nickname of ‘Captain Black’ amongst his curling mates. Whether they curled against him or with him on the same team, Willie leaves behind many good curling friends across the country.

Willie, aka Will-Dog aka T-Bone aka Captain Black, left us much too early. We will always remember his smiling face and teasing ways, and his propensity towards logic and reason which won many discussions as well as many games. Whether as a loving father, husband, son, brother or friend, he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him in any capacity.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Ottawa, ON at the Ottawa Curling Club on September 8th, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Another Celebration of Life will be held in Port Alberni, BC at the Alberni Valley Curling Club on September 29th, 2018 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Willie’s memory to Indspire, furthering indigenous post-secondary education in Canada (”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Willie’s memory to Indspire, furthering indigenous post-secondary education in Canada (

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Darwin Dopson

    Susan, just heard of Willie’s passing from your Dad, our sincerest condolences; I know Meghan and Brady must miss Dad terribly as you also miss Willie.Wishing you all the best as you move forward with your new life.

    Uncle Dobby,Laura, Pam

  • Matt Sumen

    Grew up with Willie, childhood best friends. Fished with him, worked with him and curled with him .He was a great friend and person. He will be deeply missed. My deepest condolences to his family. RIP my friend.

  • Ivica parac

    Rest in peace my old friend.

  • Jeff Pilon

    Willie – a great guy. Competed numerous times in curling – god bless your family. Rest In Peace. Jeff Pilon

  • Deb Rieder

    My deepest condolences to Willie’s family and friends.

  • Karen Corkery

    Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you, your children and all of your family at this time.

  • Julie Lavoie

    Dear Meghan and Brady,

    I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your Dad – and Susan, for the loss of your husband. I wish that his loving memories and the love of your family and friends surround you and give you comfort and strength in this difficult time. My support and big hugs will always be here for you.

    Madame Julie

  • Francisca Agbanyo

    Dear Susan
    I am so sorry to hear of Willie’s passing.
    I first met Willie back in 2001 when I interviewed him for a job with the Biologics and Genetics Therapies Directorate of Health Canada, and worked with him for the next 15 years. Willie was hard working and made significant contributions to a new project our Division had implemented in 2000. He was also very helpful in providing guidance to new employees who worked on this project and got along very well with all his colleagues. It was a real pleasure knowing and working with Willie.
    I wish to extend my deepest condolences to you, Meghan, Brady, and the rest of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.

  • Nicholas Aubin

    It’s with great sadness that I heard about the passing of Willie. I had the privilege of curling with Willie for two phenomenal years. During that span, we made the Ontario Men’s Provincial. We had a exciting run where we beat Wayne Middaugh and Brian Cochrane. Willie was a great curler and new how to read the scoreboard and adjust the strategy. He made great shots and was a great competitor. I will always remember his laugh, smile and love for the game. I never had so many come from behind wins until I played with Willie. He just had a knack and mental fortitude to keep with it and fight to the end.

    I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to you Susan, Meghan and Brady and the family. May Willie’s memory, family and close friends give you comfort during these trying times. Willie will truly be missed and the curling community won’t be the same without him.

    With a heavy heart
    Nicholas (Nick) Aubin

  • Gilles Polnicky

    Dear Susan, Meghan, Brady and all the family

    It is with great sadness that I heard the passing of Willie. I am honored and blessed to have known Willie both as a friend and a colleague. I have many fond memories of all the years I have worked with Willie and I will never forget him. Remembering the good conversations we had together and his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in my heart. I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to you Susan, Meghan and Brady and the family. May his soul rest in peace and may the care and love of those around your family provide comfort and peace to get you through these difficult times. Willie will truly be missed.

    With a heavy heart

  • HeatherMacKellar

    Deepest condolences to Lorraine and family

  • Diana Favel

    The curling world reaches across the land…Lorraine, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Aman Kahlon

    I worked with Willie for some time when I started in the public service. He was a great person, always smiling and willing to help. He helped me settle into my job and was always there to answer any question I had. My deepest condolences to his family. It very sad to hear that he is gone.

  • Valerie Carew

    Meghan and Brodie. I am so saddened by the loss of your Dad, and Susan, your husband. It is hard whenever it happens, but harder when the person is young. I truly hope the memories you all carry will be what gives you strenght.
    My thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you.
    Valerie Carew

  • Geoff Bowlby

    I was very shocked and sad to learn of Willie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the kids during their grief and the time that follows. May they see the Lord in His support of them during this difficult time, and find rest in His embrace.

    Geoff Bowlby

  • Michael Rosu-Myles

    I worked with Willie as a biologist at Health Canada for a number of years. He was a great colleague and excellent worker; so friendly and just an all around great guy. We used to love to chat about Manitoulin island where he would sometimes cottage and fish and where I had frequented myself as a child with my family. I am very happy to have known Willie. I would like to send my deepest condolences to his family.

  • Susan Lucas and Maya

    Our condolences on the loss of your father and husband, Meghan, Brodie and Susan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan and Maya

  • cm

    I did not know William but I was reading this and wanted to leave a few words to his family and friends. I hope that this bible text can provide you with a little bit of comfort and hope as you continue to cope during this difficult time. Take care. John 5:28,29-“Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,those who did good things to a resurrection of life…”

  • John Whitaker

    My sincere condolences go out to Willie’s family and friends. I did not know Willie long, but had the pleasure of curling against him last season. My heart goes out to Susan, Meghan, and Brady through this very tough time.

  • Lynne Noble

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of Willie. My heartfelt condolences to Lorraine, Jeff, Marlene, Sue, Brady and Meghan.

  • Bob and Irene Cunningham

    Susan, Megan and Brady. Susan, we have the honor of knowing your father and mother who are grandparents to Megan and Brady. It is times like this that we reach-out to lend our support. Although we did not know Willie we send our love to each of you. Many hugs.

    Bob and Irene Cunningham, Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Jake A

    Willie was a great guy and one hell of a curler. The whole curling community in Ottawa feels this one. May the sheets be freshly pebbled and the beers always cold up there. Rest in peace.

  • David Coffey

    I am very sorrt to hear of Willie’s sudden passing. He was a great guy to play against in the Wednesday Cash league. The Ottawa Curling Club will not be the same without him. My condolences to Willie’s family.

  • Ken and Helen Cramb

    Our sons were completely devastated by the loss of Willie. They had shared so many good times together. He was a great friend and a very competitive fishing buddy! He will be terribly missed. Our condolences to you, Lorraine, Marlene, and Susan and the children. He was a young man taken too soon.

  • Clive Lowe

    Cecile and I were sadden to see this news .We extend our most sincere condolences to the family.All our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • Edie Peters

    Susan, Meghan, and Brady: our many thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord give you new strength each day. Love Edie Will, and Mark

  • Gord Duke

    We would like to offer our sincere condolences on the loss of your son Willie.
    Nina and Gord Duke, Winnipeg

  • Missy Knoll

    My deepest condolences. I went to school with Willie and we just reconnected after not seeing each other for over 20 years. I’m gonna miss talking to him and getting to know him again. Taken way to early from us. RIP Willie

  • Nelson Sheppard

    Marlene, so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and Jason, your parents and all of your family. I did not know your brother Willie, but your photo of him tells me he was a happy man enjoying life to the fullest, who made everyone around him richer in his presence. As I read his obituary I could feel how much he was loved and touched the life of others. Take care my friend, treasure your memories and celebrate him fully in Ottawa and Port Alberni. Thinking of you and Jason.

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