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26 comments on “William ‘Bill’ McGuire”

  1. Dear Elva and family

    My most sincere condolences on the passing of Bill.

    He was a wonderful boss and an even greater person, liked and respected by all. I feel extremely fortunate for having had the opportunity to work for Bill; his passing is a huge loss.

    Vale Billy

    Damien North

  2. Dear Elva & Alana, Thinking of you at this time, Bill was a lovely, comical cousin, may you find strength during this sad time.
    Much love, cousin, Junette

  3. Such a divine man, so gentle yet so strong.
    “Billy Boy” had an aura around him, that embraced all he met and he bought out the best in all.
    Bill will always be remembered with a smile, and a feeling of peace, cheekiness and joy.

  4. Such a divine man, so gentle but strong.
    “Billy Boy” had a calm aura around him that bought out the best in everyone he met.
    What a beautiful service to honour a special man.
    Will always be remembered with a smile.
    Much love x

  5. To Elva and family,

    Our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of Bill, he will be greatly missed by all.

    We have wonderful memories of all the fun times we shared together, China, Wondilligong and our Friday night happy hours.

    Billy Boy was a great story teller.

    We will miss his specialty cook “Pavlova”

    RIP Bill

  6. Thank you for letting us be a part of Bill’s life and his farewell today. What a wonderful man and a very special friend. Our holiday in Bordeaux where we met for the first time will have extra special memories for us. Our lunches at Francoir Restaurant will also be remembered with much joy and happiness on our visits to Melbourne from Perth.
    Much love to Elva and family. A true gentleman sorely missed.
    Greg and Lesley, Perth.

  7. To our adorable Billy, you brighten our lives in so many ways. You made us laugh, we always had fun, and had so many adventures. You made the best roast potatoes in the world, which does deserve an Olympic Gold Medal. Our families have known each other for over 36yrs and we have always kept in touch. Visits across the tasman,a cruise across the Atlantic ocean, and trips in NZ, where an incident happened re a big snapper and a vacuum cleaner. As Bob is not here we trust that Billy was maybe correct that Bob vacuumed the scales up (from a rented house). To Alana and David your words today were beautiful, Billy is an adorable man who will be truly missed, and our hearts are breaking. Elva we love you more than you know, and for you and all the family are here always. Sending our love. Gai, Victoria and Chris

  8. A beautiful Service for a beautiful man. Happy memories of Bill & Elva sharing bottle of Invakeith whisky on the Isle of Skye. And fish & chips! Good friends as well as in-laws xx

  9. My heart goes out to you, Elva and family. Everyone loved Billy boy. It was a beautiful service for a beautiful man. Love Jodi, Jess, Hannah and Bella.xx

  10. Bill meeting you was a great pleasure, you were certainly one of the good guys. Your honesty and resovle was next to none. Thank you for your assistance over the years , nothing was to much trouble, for that for that I am grateful. I am sure we will meet again. My heartfelt condolences to Bills family an losing such a great, husband, father, grandfather and friend.

  11. Elva and family, sincere condolences on the recent passing of Bill. I met and worked with ‘Billy’ for a couple of decades, commencing in the ‘good ole Stork days’. He was a real character- I recall fondly that he always bounded through the office wearing that cheeky grin and had a joke or story for every occasion (some of which we had he heard many many times).
    Bill had a unique and wonderful gift of getting the right and fair outcome for all parties in regards to any IR and HR issue we had albeit the deal was quite often recorded on a wine stained napkin. He will be missed!

  12. Norm lancefield say
    Vale Bill ! A great mate Sir Lunch lot, a wonderful person and colleague at Stork and Downer we had some very serious Industrial relations issues over the years with all unions but Bill as usual sorted them out , his jokes and stories that I will never forget the humour he brought to every one at our social events in the company sadly missed mate.

  13. I was fortunate to work with Bill both at Downer and in my early career at AMMA. Bill was a marvelous support to a young bloke new to construction – doing a tough job in a tough industry. Bill was generous in giving his time, his wisdom and his humour. His gentle temperament was at odds with the often rough and tumble of industrial relations – a crisis never seemed so bad when you had Bill in your corner.

    Thank you to his family for sharing Bill with so many of us, right across the nation.

    He will be missed.



  14. My deepest sympathy for you Elva & your beautiful family. Bill was such an amazing man. He meant so much to me & my family too. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know him professionally & personally.

    I know his family meant the world to him. He was always talking about you all with such love & reverence.

    Carly Carloss xxx

  15. My sincere condolences. Bill was a friend and client for more than 25 years in his many incarnations in the industrial relations arena. He was clever, kind and and great company. He will be sadly missed.

    Val Gostencnik

  16. Our dear neighbour Bill- we will miss you so much. We will always help look after your Bailey. A great man gone too soon. From the MacPhie’s.

  17. To Elva and family,

    Our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of Bill, he will be greatly missed by all.

    We have wonderful memories of all the fun times we shared together, China, Wondilligong and our Friday Happy Hours.
    Billy Boy was a great story teller.
    We will miss his specialty cook “pavlova”

    RIP Bill.

  18. Bill, it was a pleasure knowing and working with you. We didn’t agree on all matters but you were always more than fair to deal with and earned the admiration and respect of the entire Victorian ETU.

    Deepest condolences and sympathy to Bill’s family & loved ones, he will be sadly missed.

    Vale Bill McGuire

    Troy Gray – ETU VIC Branch Secretary

  19. To Elva and the family,

    Our sincere condolences and support through this very sad time. Bill made a significant contribution to transforming the Downer business and its’ predecessors companies into a leading service organisation across Australia and New Zealand. Bill was authentic, always available to assist, very strategic and was able to close-out complex challenges. Bill was admired by so many, we will miss him.

    Steve Schofield – Group Head of Human Resources and Industrial Relations – Downer Group

  20. Vale Bill ! One of the ‘good guys’; a great friend and colleague who will be missed by so many. Bill had a great sense of humour – was fun to be with but was at the same time a tireless worker who was so well regarded by both sides of the industrial divide. He will live on in our memory and will frequently be remembered when old friends meet. May he Rest In Peace.

    Our sincere condolences to Bill’s family and close ones

    Frank & Rosalie Palmer

  21. To all of the family may I offer my deepest condolences. I was a work colleague of “Billy McGuire Esquire” at Stork and enjoyed our times together over 4 years. I recall that you had to give Billy a wide berth on our flights back from Queensland given his propensity to spill red wine during frequent bouts of turbulence. He was a good man, and I am so sorry that he is not with us anymore!

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