William Russell "Bill " McCONNELL

Passed away peacefully on May 10, 2022 at Torquay
Formerly of Warrnambool

Aged 82

Loving husband of Norma

Much loved father of Kerry and Stephen, father-in-law of Sue

Loving Pop of Finn and Jasmine

Forever in our hearts




Funeral Notice

ServiceMay 13, 2022 - 1:00 pmSpence Street OR Manifold Street Warrnambool , VIC Venue: St John's Presbyterian Church

The Funeral Service for BILL will be held at St John’s Presbyterian Church, entrance via Spence St, or Manifold St, Warrnambool on FRIDAY (May 13) commencing at 1.00p.m. The cortège will leave at the conclusion of the Service for the Warrnambool cemetery. The Service will be live streamed at the above date and time, it can be viewed on the ‘Streaming’ section at


  1. So sorry to hear this at such a late date.My thoughts are with you Norma and Kerry on your lose.

    Ray Thomason November 3, 2022
  2. A true Gentleman.
    Our love to Norma and family.
    Many happy times during Warrnambool Football Club days.
    Love. Ken. Marj Ogier & Family.🌹

    Marj Ogier May 13, 2022
  3. Dear Norma, my thoughts have been with you since hearing of Bill’s passing. Such wonderful memories of the many years working at ANZ sub-branch with you when our children were teenagers. I wish you, Stephen and family and Kerry my sincere sympathy on the loss of a very special man which you will all miss terribly but cherish the wonderful memories that cannot be taken away xoxo

    Lyn Miller May 13, 2022
  4. Deepest Sympathy Norma and family, Bill will be sadly missed, many great bike memories share with many friends and coffee.

    Harold and Rhonda Bentley

    Harold Bentley May 13, 2022
  5. Dear Norma, Kerry, Stephen and family,
    Deepest sympathy to you all. We are thinking of you and hope today is full of happy memories of a wonderful man.
    Lots of love,
    Jenny, David, Chris and Tim.

    Jenny Wallace May 13, 2022
  6. The Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club committee and members recognise with sadness the passing of Bill McConnell and offer sincere sympathy to Norma, Kerry, Stephen & family.
    Bill was a renowned sportsman in Warrnambool and was a valued member of WLTC. Bill was a highly regarded tennis player and a willing volunteer in the management of the club. Bill served the club as President from 1972-1977 and he won the Club Championship in 1968-69 and 1971-72.
    A true champion in every sense of the word. Vale Bill McConnell.

    Kim Tobin May 12, 2022
  7. Sincere condolences to Norma and family.

    Fond memories held of Bill playing football, tennis and squash.

    Pam and Geoff Anderson

    Geoff Anderson May 12, 2022
  8. A thorough gentleman who maintained high principles in all he did. Demonstrated a love of Warrnambool in his time as a Councillor and as Mayor. Was an honour to serve alongside him during his tenure. Much sympathy to Norma, Stephen, Kerry and families from the Atkinson family!
    May my God bless you all!

    David Atkinson May 11, 2022
  9. Dear Norma, Kerry, Stephen and family.

    Bill was always my champion and will always remain my greatest inspiration.

    Bill has left me and so many others a wonderful legacy of courage and endurance.

    I am so proud of him and I hope we can find solace and peace in his amazing life, so well lived, and his extraordinary achievements.

    Much love, Brother Soc

    Soc Hedditch May 11, 2022
  10. Fond memories of working with Mr McConnell at the CRB.
    Condolences to his family
    Gail (Dixon) Morris and Michael

    Gail Morris May 11, 2022
  11. A much respected and liked former WIAE- Deakin staffer, always so helpful to students and colleagues alike. Remembered with great fondness.

    Gordon Curran May 11, 2022
  12. Our thoughts are with you Norma, Kerry, Stephen and family.

    Many happy memories of our tennis days.

    Jane, Ken and Suzana Barton.

    Jane Barton May 11, 2022
  13. I was saddened to learn of Mr. Mc Connell’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.
    Your nemories are more precious, even touched as they are by sorrow, treasure them safely in your heart as they help you through tomorrow.
    Love from, Kaye (Arnott) Johnstone & Neil. XX

    Kaye Johnstone May 11, 2022
  14. Dear Norma and family my thoughts are with you at this sad time. Bill was a wonderful human, always kind and caring and I remember him fondly from my time working with him at Deakin.
    Cindy Morgan

    “You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived.

    You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all he has left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love you shared.

    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

    You can remember him and only that he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and move on.

    You can sit and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what he would want…


    Cindy Morgan May 11, 2022
  15. Our thoughts are with you Norma and family at this sad time of Bill’s death.
    Lots of memories from many years ago.
    Love to you all.
    Dylis and Rex

    Dylis McConnell-Hunt May 10, 2022