Willis F. Hallihan
It is with great sadness that the family of WILLIS FRANCIS HALLIHAN, announces that on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 80. Willis, son of the late Edward & Lillian (Buggie) Hallihan, (lovingly known as Mommy & Daddy) was born in Grainfield, Northumberland Co (Miramichi) on February 19, 1943. At a young age, he went to work in the woods with his father. He later went to Fredericton with his brother and started working for Pepsi. He continued to work for Pepsi with Maritime Beverage, when he moved to Moncton, working there until he retired. Wheaton Settlement became home for Willis, where he spent many wonderful years with his wife, Betty. They left Wheaton Settlement for a bit to enjoy the "Out West" lifestyle with the grandkids, then back to the settlement. He enjoyed having a hobby farm with the horses, dogs and stray cats, socializing at flea markets and yard sales, building wood crafts, visiting with family and friends, special lunches out at the Ridge Restaurant in Havelock and sometimes, just relaxing with his lotto scratchers. Willis, aka: Willie, took great pleasure in the beauty of an old tractor and tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. He will always be remembered by his sharp entertaining wit.
Willis will be sadly missed by so many. His step-daughter Tracey Lee (Leaman) Tingley & son-in-law David Tingley, granddaughter Allegra Aluxey Tingley (Tyler Bonner), grandson David Jay Ivan Tingley (Michelle) and great grandson Chase Bonner. He lovingly referred to his granddaughter Allegra as "Mussy Do" and his grandson David Jay as "Buckey". He is also survived and will be missed by his sisters Catherine Waye, Patsy (Bev) Pleadwell and Mary Ann Jardine as well as his brothers, Alvin (Debbie), Lyman (Irene) & Eddy (Madeline), sister-in-law Joan (Allie), along with several nieces & nephews.
In addition to his parents, Willis was pre-deceased by his loving wife Betty (Wheaton) (June 22, 2019), brother Aloysius (Allie), brother-in-laws Gary (Catherine) and Lee (Mary Ann).
The family would like to give a warm, heartfelt Thank-You, to the staff of the Jordan Life Care Center. You all meant so much to him and we will all be eternally grateful for the special place you took in his heart. He spoke so fondly of you all. He often spoke of his friend Andy, and of course Lesley (Luther) Chown, just to name a few. A special thank you also goes out to Cindy and Allen Lewis for taking him to his doctor appointments, staying at the hospital with him, taking him for drives and making the holidays special for him.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Salisbury Funeral Home, 506-372-4800. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
If so desired, contributions in Willis' memory can be made to the Wheaton Settlement Cemetery or Canadian Diabetes Association. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.keirsteads.ca