Bill McAlister passed away suddenly on December 8th, 2019, just after celebrating his 76th birthday at home in St. Andrews, NB.
Bill was born in Strathroy, Ontario, on December 7, 1943, the oldest of William and Helen (Goldsworthy) McAlister’s children. After five years in the Royal Canadian Navy, much of it aboard HMSC MicMac, he followed generations of McAlisters to work for the Canadian National Railroad, first as a coal stoker and later an engineer, before joining the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in 1970.
After 25 notable and colorful years, Bill retired from the OPP as a Detective Sergeant in 1995. He moved to St. Andrews to attend the NBCC boat building program and stayed.
While in Ontario, Bill enjoyed sailing, raising draft horses and staying in touch with railroad, navy and OPP friends. In St. Andrews, in addition to continuing his passion for woodworking and old friendships, Bill was an active member of the St. Andrews Wharf Board, the St. Andrews Kiwanis Club and a Chair of the St. Croix Estuary Project. His efforts were recognized with the town’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007. In his last year, he was a lively resident at Passamaquoddy Lodge. Bill was also an active member of the Ontario Provincial Police Veterans Association.
Bill is survived by his wife, Georgette, of St. Andrews, son Brian (Christine) of Lefroy, ON, grandchildren Jesse, Joey (Rachael), Brittany and great-grandchild Sophia, all of Lefroy, ON, brother Don (Diane) of Burlington, ON, sister Patricia McAlister (Barry Cohen) of Redbridge, ON.
He was predeceased by his parents, brother Eddie and beloved daughter Cathy.
A celebration of Bill’s life and interment will take place in the spring. Condolences and donations to the charity of one’s choice can be directed through The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home, 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB E3L 1Y9, tel. (506) 466-1844.