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and 1975 in the town of Wallaceburg,   lived out these words – faithful con-
        Ontario, where God worked in the new   sistency. In the fine flour of the meal
        effort they shared there. They rented a   offering, we are taught there were no
        building and started having children’s   strong points in the life of the Lord Jesus
        meetings and soon after also had gospel   because there were no weak points. This
        meetings in that building. As the work   same evenness of character marked the
        continued, souls were saved and baptized,   life of our dear brother. My first personal
        and doors opened to buy the building   recollection was of his commendation to
        in 1971. As God continued to work, the   the Lord’s work in 1969. Over the next 54
        regular Wednesday night gospel meet-  years as a member of the Sarnia assembly,
        ing was soon changed to a Bible reading   we had hundreds of public and private
        and assembly truths were taught. These   interactions, and almost all of them were
        new believers expressed their exercise   positive and encouraging. I can only recall
        to gather to the Lord’s name. On the last   one time when there was private counsel
        Lord’s Day of October 1975, these believ-  to me that the oversight needed a slight
        ers broke bread for the first time there, and   course correction. After consideration and
        the Wallaceburg assembly continues on in   in hindsight, his counsel turned out to be
        testimony to this day.                correct. From Bible readings to the min-
          Bill spent time in gospel work through-  istry of the Word and gospel preaching,
        out Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa and   brother William faithfully taught us the
        Wisconsin. He said one of the highlights   Scriptures. He was particularly good at
        was sharing in speaking with Norman   having a short and encouraging word on
        Crawford (Bill’s spiritual father) in 1976   Psalm 23 at the end of a prayer meeting.
        and 1991 at the Lake Shore Gospel Hall.   We do well to think of the simple instruc-
        Through the years he always made time   tion to the Hebrew believers when they
        to visit some of the smaller assemblies   considered those spiritual leaders who
        for both gospel series and ministry. He   had gone before to be with Christ ‘whose
        enjoyed studying the Bible and sharing   faith follow.’ Our earnest prayer is that we
        his knowledge of the Bible’s teachings.   would all end our days like our brother
        Bill created a chart on “Egypt to Canaan”   William, in fellowship with God and with
        and spoke on it in different ministry series.   his people.”
          Bill is remembered by many as a calm   Bill’s life was one of faithfulness to his
        and gentle man who took a genuine inter-  Lord. Though he will be missed by all
        est in others. He built good relationships   who knew him, we have a great hope in
        wherever he went. He spent a lot of time in   Christ’s resurrection that we will see him
        correspondence through mail and email,   again in glory!
        always offering an encouraging word.    Bill is survived by his wife Janet, five
          In the Sarnia assembly, Bill consistently   children, twelve grandchildren, and six
        came to the meeting to be a help and en-  great-grandchildren.
        courage the believers. Brother John Prins,   A funeral service was held on April 13,
        an elder in the Sarnia assembly, shared   2023, at the Sarnia Gospel Hall. James
        these thoughts of Bill:               Beattie, Jack Nesbitt and family members
          “When I consider the life of William   spoke at his funeral service, and Jim Ch-
        Metcalf, I am impressed by a man who   isholm spoke at the graveside.

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