February 13, 1971 – November 8, 2017
Billy was a long time resident of Our Harbour.
He was of Oneida heritage and he had spent the last year finding out more about his roots. He was a talented artist and his later work was much influenced by his ancestry. Unfortunately, his untimely death from a rare form of cancer prevented him from reaching his dream of becoming an architect for Canada’s indigenous peoples.
Billy was a wonderful resident who will be greatly missed by staff, volunteers and the other residents. He was caring of his roommates, was always willing to help out, was a spokesperson for Our Harbour and took a leadership role within our community – making suggestions, organizing outings and participating in activities with enthusiasm.
In his final days, he said how much Our Harbour had meant to him; he had found friendship, community and had been given the opportunity to find out who he really was. He spoke enthusiastically about the outings in the countryside; he mentioned one glorious autumn day when many of us climbed Mont St Hilaire and had a picnic on the summit.
Billy, you will be missed so much.
Catherine Gillbert for Our Harbour
Below: Photos of Mont Saint-Hilaire by Billy Douthwright