In loving memory of William “Bill” Joseph Catalano, 76 years, who passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. Born and raised in London, Ontario, Bill grew into a career broadcaster working in such areas as North Carolina, The Bahamas, and Florida. Bill arrived in Sudbury in 1971 to work at CKSO Radio and Television as program manager and the first play by play announcer for the Sudbury Wolves, covering the team for the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons. From there, Bill moved up the street to the CBC Television news affiliate where he served as CKNC news director for four years before leaving to take on the role as the first senior director for CBC Radio news when it opened its doors in Sudbury in 1978. The Sudbury news went on to being voted on by its peers as the top regional newsroom in the country. During his time at CBC, he taught journalism at Cambrian College for two years. After meeting the love of his life and having three children together, they moved down to North Carolina to raise their family. Bill described those years as some of the best of his life. Bill was known to be a quiet man who spoke so eloquently. Every word had to be smooth, clear, Interesting, and immensely powerful. A thoughtful and influential speaker that could make an entire room go quiet, and for good reason! He only said what others needed to hear. Bill is survived by his beloved wife Paulette (nee Dubie), son, James Catalano (Tracy), daughters Anne Marie Catalano (Johny), and Andrea Bazinet (Kevin), as well as his dearest grandchildren who called him Papa. He also leaves behind his loving sister, Helen Claire Catalano, and many of his cousins, nieces, and nephews throughout Canada and the U.S. Predeceased by his parents, Richard Mariano Catalano, and Nora Frances Catalano (nee Haines), brother, Richard (Dick), and sisters Elaine Bogle, and Francis-Norine. Friends and family are invited to join us for a celebration of life which will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations made directly to the MS Society would be greatly appreciated.
Our condolences to all of the family and particularly Jamie. It was great to see you so recently. It has been some time since we talked with your Dad; however, we always have fond memories of him. Our thoughts are with you.
December 12, 2021
I am saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. We worked together at CKSO early in my news career, but lost touch long ago. When he was at CKNC Bill convinced me to leave Sudbury for Ottawa to establish and run Mid-Canada’s news operation there. Bill was an unforgettable character; smart, charming and always full of fun. I have wonderful memories of long lunches and late evenings spent together with other colleagues at several of the old local watering holes back in the early 70’s. May he rest in peace.
December 10, 2021
I am shocked. We had been communicating over past few years and had no idea that Bill had a health issue. So sorry Paulette and family.. Bob (Cleveland)
December 6, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss Paulette my deepest sympathies for you and your family
November 28, 2021
So sorry Paulette, my condolences to you and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
November 27, 2021
Sincere condolences to you Paulette and to your family. We know how much you loved him. Sending you warm hugs.
November 27, 2021
I remember Bill as a very nice guy and enjoyed many good talks about journalism over the years. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
November 26, 2021