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William James Lawrence (Bill) Swirsky

January 23, 1942 — May 27, 2024

Bill left this world peacefully on May 27th, from St. Michael’s Hospital at the age of 82. He had a deep and profound love for his wife and partner of 40 years, Carolyn Doyle. He was the best dad to daughters, Anita, Caroline and Roxane. The bond they all share is a testament of the power of love and family.

Bill is survived by his sisters Terry (Jim) and Betty, and brother Ken (Shirley). He will be deeply missed by his Doyle in-laws and his many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family as well as dear friends. Bill is predeceased by his father William James Swirsky Sr., his mother Frances Stella Swirsky (nee Wasney) and his daughters’ mother, Lorraine Lussier-Swirsky.

Bill was an extraordinary individual and lover of life. As condolences were shared, heartfelt words that described him – kind, loving, generous, wise, and innovative – paint a vivid picture of his character. His sense of humour, mentoring spirit, and presence left lasting impressions on those fortunate enough to know him. A handsome man with a fabulous warm smile, he appreciated the little details bringing joy and richness into daily life. Bill loved to celebrate. He loved dining with dear friends and gatherings with his family. He was a passionate photographer, an avid reader, and loved learning about new technologies that would create more enjoyment in life. His soft spot for the natural world found expression in his photography.

Bill worked the majority of his career with CICA (now CPA Canada) as a Charted Accountant in Director and Vice President roles. His many contributions to the Accounting Profession were acknowledged by a Fellow designation. As a Professional Corporate Director, he championed good Governance, sitting on Boards in the Private and Public sectors, as well as not for profit organizations. After retiring from CICA, Bill continued to be engaged in creative projects serving as an advisor and mentor to a younger generation making their way in the business world. He had a wonderful instinct for connecting people for the benefit of the Accounting Profession as well as their own professional and personal development.

Through Bill’s kindness, his playful sense of humour, his love for life and his ability to bring out the best in people, Bill left an indelible mark on the hearts of many.

We look forward to a Celebration of Life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto or a charity of your choosing.
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