William Alfred Meszaros, “Bill”, was the youngest of four children. He was born on April 13, 1932 on a farm just south of Kipling. He lived most of his life in Whitewood where he married the love of his life, Ila Lindwall in 1961. They had three children and raised them all in Whitewood. Bill and Ila took over the family farm from 1961 to1966, then moved to Regina to take barber training. They lived briefly in Broadview and moved to Whitewood 40 years ago where they barbered side by side for many years. Bill loved gardening and family life; he always managed to keep his hands busy. If he wasn’t fixing something he was making, inventing or growing something. Bill was a perfectionist at everything he did and he wasn’t happy until it was done right. He was quoted as saying to his children many times, “if you aren’t going to do it right, don’t bother doing it”. Bill loved animals as he had them all his life, from the farm animals to all the stray cats that he adopted over the years. The most recent addition to their household was Oscar, a little dog who gave them many laughs and lots of love. He will be remembered by many as Barber Bill and was also well known for riding his bike to work daily, year round, until a couple of years ago. He was suddenly taken on November 21, 2013 and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Annie Meszaros; his brothers, Frank Meszaros and Steve Meszaros; and his first son baby Meszaros. He is survived by his wife, Ila Meszaros; his children, Leanne (Grant) Watson of Regina, Marcia Meszaros (Keith Reid) of Whistler, BC and Billy Meszaros of Saskatoon; his only grandson, Jesse Reid (son of Marcia and Keith); his sister, Margaret Stratton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Whitewood United Church with the Rev. Barbara Wilkins officiating. The eulogy was presented by Bill’s daughter, Marcia Meszaros. The pianist, Bonnie Velestuk, and members of the choir led in the hymns “In the Garden”, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Beyond the Sunset”. All who knew and love Bill and touched his life were considered honorary pallbearers and the urn bearer was Bill’s son, Billy Meszaros. Interment will take place in the Whitewood Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home.