Bill passed away peacefully, in his 87th year, surrounded by his family in the home where he was born on Thursday, January 20, 2022 after a courageous year-long battle with MDS cancer. He was the beloved husband of the late Arlene (née Turner) Cleland (2011) and the son of the late Alexander Newell Cleland and Reta McKay Cleland. He was the devoted and respected father of Joanne (Juan) Del Rosario, Linda (David) Torretto, Kelly (Wayne) Butt, Billy (Christene) Cleland and Jimmy (Karen) Cleland. He will be sadly missed by his 10 grandchildren; Travis (Cheryl), Benjamin (Meagan), Jessica (Steve), Tamsynn (David), Vanessa (Gary), Shelby (Sandor), Savannah, Liam, Julian and Henry. They all thought he was hilarious and fun. And 8 great-grandchildren; Eliana, Emilia, Ryland, Avalon, Scarlet, Avery, Carson and Seyfer. Bill was President of Cleland Metal Products, his family business and President of the Grantham Optimist Club, coach, manager and sponsor of Grantham Optimist softball teams. He later became involved in St. Catharines softball, serving as president of the St. Catharines Softball Association and establishing the Cleland Junior A’s in 1979, the Cleland Midget A’s in the IFL league. The teams have won numerous championships, including the Canadian Junior Softball Championships in 1980 and 1984. Bill personally won Mr. Softball for St. Catharines in 1979, Sportsman of the Year for St. Catharines in 1984, and the Feaver Memorial Trophy for his contribution to softball. in Ontario. Bill had a great sarcastic mind, loved to read, was an American Civil War buff, and took many of his family members to Gettysburg to teach them about it. He also enjoyed traveling with Arlene and her family for many sunny vacations. Bill proved to be an amazing carer for our mum Arlene as her health deteriorated and he was very dedicated to her. He is survived by his brother-in-law Reg Stevens (late Sharon), 3 sisters and several nieces and nephews and predeceased by 6 siblings. Bill enjoyed spending time with his many friends at the Tim Hortons on Geneva Street. At Bills’ request, cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life will take place in the spring, followed by interment at Pleasantview Cemetery. We want to thank Dr. Alamer and all the staff at Walker Cancer Clinic for helping him with his illness and HNHB/LHIN for helping us make Dad’s wish to come home come true. We would also like to thank Michele (Misty) Walker for her invaluable assistance to the family with dad’s care. For those who wish, memorial donations in William’s name can be made to the Walker Family Cancer Clinic. Please share your precious memories and condolences online at

Published by St. Catharines Standard on January 22, 2022.