TRAUT, William G. - Peacefully at home on Thursday, February 5, 2015, Bill “Sam" Traut in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth C. Traut, nee Matthews (1998). Loving father of Norma Evans, Mary and Al McIntyre, all of London, Bill and Brenda Traut of Elmira, and Judy and Lee Cairncross of Goderich. Dear grandfather of Shane Byers (Tanya), Shannon Byers, Lisa Cairncross (Bill), Cathy Donnelly, Jeremy McIntyre (Tanya), Aaron McIntyre (Meghan), Luke McIntyre (Lauren), Jacquelyn Evans, and the late Grant Cairncross. Special great-grandfather (old papa) of Teagan, Kobe, Abby, Marlee, Emma, Anne, Isla, Avery, Ryann, Sam, Ainsley, Finley, Beth and Addison. Brother of the late Donald. Bill taught and coached at Central Secondary School from 1947 through 1962. He assumed a Superintendent role with the London Board of Education, retiring in 1981. Visitation on Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. A memorial service will be conducted at First Baptist Church, 568 Richmond St. on Tuesday, February 10 at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Bill Traut - Wil Rice Memorial Award at the London Community Foundation or First Baptist Church would be gratefully acknowledged.
February 6, 2015, 11:04 pm
A note of condlence:Our family is so saddened by the very recent passing of a truly fine gentleman and great educator to us all.How well i remember going to Westminister Highschool from September 1968 -June 1972 with Mr.Yraut leading the ship to academic and sports excellence especially in the area of Senior Basketball, and Senior Football Championships in 1970,THE WILDCATS a force to be reckoned with even to this very day,always with a kind word to students ,teachers,and our great citizens of Southwest London and beyond its boundaries far and wide.It was a true priviledge to have known such a fine gentleman.Rest in peace now,good friend as your legacy may live on for many years into the future okay.All current and past Westminister Alumni are better citizens of the community for having known you.To all your family just remember all the great family gatherings shared with your dad and mom over many and many years okay.These items will sustain you all.God Bless you and yours.Brian Cross;Statistician WestministerWildcats Senior Football and Basketball Teams;September 1968- June 1972 under coachs Mr.Peter Morningstar and Mr.Doug Marshall.In closing Mr.Traut you will be guiding your Central Golden Ghosts and Westminister Wildcat Sports Teams from heaven now.Rest in Peace Good Buddy;We will miss you but your legacy will continue.
February 5, 2015, 8:26 pm
For all who knew or played for Coach Trout, we will always cherish wonderful memories of him like it was yesterday. His great attributes of leading, teaching, mentoring, challenging, inspiring, were all bundled together in his amazing ability to coach and bring out the best in people. How many teams are there that get together every 10 years or so to celebrate "with their coach" a Championship game (The Purple Bowl), one that happened 58 years ago. Coach, we are all better off for knowing you!! We All Thank You!
Susan ( Morawetz) Latremoille
February 5, 2015, 8:27 pm
Bill was a wonderful man. I knew him most of my life as a good friend of my parents (Gwen and Bruno Morawetz) and a leader at Camp Ponacka on Baptiste Lake. He was always spirited and in good humour with a twinkle in his eye and a zest for life. He lived a great life and has left a legacy of honourable values, and an introduction to Baptiste Lake for his family. At peace now.
February 5, 2015, 8:29 pm
For all who knew or played for Coach Traut, we will always cherish wonderful memories of him like it was yesterday. His great attributes of leading, teaching, mentoring, challenging, inspiring, were all bundled together in his amazing ability to coach and bring out the best in people. How many teams are there that get together every 10 years or so to celebrate "with their coach" a Championship game (The Purple Bowl), one that happened 58 years ago. Coach, we are all better off for knowing you!! We All Thank You!
Mary Margaret Prowse
February 6, 2015, 8:54 am
I am off to Arizona tomorrow so unfortunately, won't be able to attend your dad's funeral. He will be dearly missed. Don often talked of the great influence your dad had on his life as a coach, principal and superintend. My deepest sympathy to the whole family.
wayne & Donna reath
February 6, 2015, 9:38 am
so very sorry to the trout family
for your loss he will be missed
he was a good friend to us all
Wendy and Susan Sibold
February 6, 2015, 12:00 pm
Our thoughts are with you. Your parents were such a wonderful part of our families life. We imagine Bill, Beth, Bo and Dory together again whooping it up together as they did in their McMaster Days.
February 6, 2015, 3:35 pm
We were very sorry to read of your father's death, and wanted to express our sympathies to you at this time. We lived across the road from your parents for over 20 years, until your father moved away following your mother's passing. They were great neighbours, and I think they enjoyed seeing our children grow up - you were all adults by then. Once all of you were away, we often watched the house for them while they were on vacation, and they did the same for us.
February 6, 2015, 4:11 pm
Uncle Bill - What a guy.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
He will be missed and fondly remembered.
I will never forget him.
Weather permitting I will be at the funeral.
Beverley and Don Barrett
February 7, 2015, 9:00 pm
Bill was our Sunday School teacher in the early '60's. He took on that teen class and shared with us every week. His interest in us as his former students lasted into his '90's as he maintained that personal interest in us at every occasion we met. We felt his personal interest in us all our adult lives. That says so much about who he really was. Our sympathy to all the family. Love and Prayers to you.
February 8, 2015, 11:47 am
So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great cousin of mine and I will always remember him as a good guy and a good teacher. Thinking of all the family at this time. Love Donna
February 8, 2015, 11:51 am
My deepest condolences to you all. Every time we saw Bill he always had a cheerful disposition and a big smile. So sorry that I did not get my Mom (Donna Mailer - nee Traut) over to see him within the last year but I know they spoke on the phone. We will see you tomorrow at the visitation. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
February 8, 2015, 4:16 pm
I didn't play football for Sam, but I was always (during my Central years and much later when I encountered him) impressed with the way he expressed an interest in me and my progress through life. A truly gentle man.
John Thompson, Central 1949-1953
February 8, 2015, 10:39 pm
To The Traut Family
My sincerest condolences to the entire family. Your Dad was a great guy and a dear friend of my parents. I truly appreciate this sad loss for you all.
Tim Morawetz & family
February 10, 2015, 5:28 pm
We were very saddened to hear of Bill's death. When I was growing up, my parents Bruno and Gwen regularly socialized with Beth and Bill, and with Norm and Isabelle Clark. Our condolences to the various members of the family. Noonway.
Sue and Gary Lyon
February 10, 2015, 10:31 pm
Gary and I send our sincere condolences at the death of Uncle Bill. We admired his faith, work ethic and family commitment which will always be remembered. Peace be with you all. Gary and Sue
February 12, 2015, 3:06 pm
Norma and Jackie, I was sorry to hear of the passing of a father and grand-father and am sending you prayers and deepest of sympathy during this difficult time. He was a great man and was so respected in the education field here in London.
Take care of yourselves.
August 6, 2015, 10:19 am
To the traut family;on behalf of the cross and tenhaaf families we would like to express our sincere sympathies on the recent passing of a truly exemplary citizen of our community and a number 1 educator for the Thames Valley School Board as principal of Westminister Secondary School for many years,and a superintendent also his students interests were always paramount in Bills life as were his sports teams at Westminister High back in the day along with that great smile on his face and a pat on the back for all us former students.I was the statistician for the Senior Basketball Team under coach Doug Marshall,and the Senior Football team under coach Peter Morningstar from September 1968-June 1972,those were the best 4 years of my life for sure especially winning the Senior Football Championship for the city in November 1970,thanks Bill for cheering us all on to victory,and fine citizens with our chosen careers which we serve so wellto this day.Yours sincerely Brian Cross