Passing of Bill Thorne

April 23, 2021

Bill Thorne (Toronto Optimists baritone) passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021 in Kelowna, B.C. at the age of 76. Bill had recently been diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer, and his health declined rapidly. He spent his last week at Hospice, surrounded by family while receiving top notch care and support.


An online celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at noon PST (3 pm EST). If you wish to attend, please email for the link, or call 202-320-7509. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.


The Obituary listing for Bill is here.

Our Optimists Alumni "In Memory" page for Bill is here.