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William “Bill” James Truscott, 85, of Duluth, Minnesota, passed away on January 22, 2024 at Solvay Hospice House. He was born to Helen and Roy Truscott on June 3, 1938 in Duluth, Minnesota. Bill was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend.
Bill grew up in the Woodland neighborhood of Duluth, where he enjoyed a lively childhood with his seven siblings. He and his siblings spent their days selling lupins door-to-door for extra pocket change, riding soap box derby carts in nearby Hartley Field, and ice skating during the winter months. As a teenager, his family relocated to Clover Valley, Minnesota where they lived on a farm with horses.
It was at Clover Valley High School where Bill met the love of his life, Alice Swartz, a cheerleader with a friendly smile, a soft demeanor, and of course, those pink jeans. Bill's courtship with Alice began with a horseback ride on a notoriously unruly horse who gave Alice a wild ride. Despite the unconventional start, their love blossomed and they married in 1957.
Bill and Alice started their family while living in a small cabin off the McQuade road near Lake Superior. However, after encountering some furry critters residing beneath the floorboards, they decided to find more permanent housing. They moved to a mobile home on Alice’s parents’ farm in Normanna Township, living there for a few years before eventually buying a house on Wabasha Street in Woodland. During these years, Bill worked as a truck driver; driving freight trucks, dump trucks, and mining trucks in Duluth and Silver Bay. He also took on a new skill of installing a unique epoxy-based flooring using a new technology developed in the early 60’s.
Over the years, their family grew from two children, Ron and Cher, to four, with the addition of Sue and Roger. In 1966, they bought acreage in the country to build a home, doing much of the finishes themselves. A few years later they built their next home on the French River where they finished raising their family. While building the home, Bill continued to work full time as a finish carpenter, honing his innate craftsman skills. He worked for JR Jensen on projects such as the Miller Hill and Mariner Malls, Spirit Mountain, St. Luke's Hospital, Lakeshore Lutheran Home, and the first phase of the skywalk system in downtown Duluth.
In 1986, Bill and Alice moved back into town and focused on expanding the convenience store they had acquired in 1984. Shortly thereafter, they bought a cabin on Island Lake. Many enjoyable family times were spent there. They loved the lake life so much they eventually purchased and extensively remodeled a year round home nearby. Also during this time, Bill developed a passion for golf and became an avid golfer at Ridgeview Country Club and later joined the Northlakes Golf Association. Between the years 1982 and 2021, Bill and Alice gained 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren whom they adored. Countless memories were generated at family gatherings around the holidays, recitals, school and sporting events, weddings, birthdays and so many more. Eyes would always light up when Grandpa came in singing “Who Let the Dogs Out”.
Upon retirement, he and Alice, also enjoyed RV traveling and spending their winters in Surprise, Arizona where they made lasting friendships. Their love for exploration took them on numerous adventures, including a memorable RV trip to Alaska. While Bill honed his golfing skills, Alice spent countless hours creating friendships through crocheting, crafting, and jewelry making.
In his free time, Bill not only loved golfing and traveling with Alice, but also watching sports and tinkering in the yard or garage. He found great satisfaction in helping others on their own projects, sharing his knowledge and expertise with them. Through this, Bill forged deeper relationships with family and friends. Bill loved to socialize and had a unique ability to create immediate friendships with neighbors, golf buddies, fellow RV-ers, and even people he’d meet in an aisle at Menards.
Bill loved his family deeply and will always be remembered for his kindness and quick wit. He will be missed greatly by those that knew him. Upon hearing of his passing, the family received messages from many. These words represent the common theme of those messages: quick wit, kindness, sense of humor, joking, teasing, kind-hearted, one of a kind, one of the best, hard working, efficient, strong work ethic, loving, smiling, social, and helping neighbors.
Bill was preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Norman; and sisters, Maureen (Bert) Prudhomme and Marge Sazama.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Alice Truscott (Swartz); children, Ronald Truscott, Cheryl (Richard) Asperheim, Susan (Nathan) Norman, and Roger (Marsha) Truscott; grandchildren, Matthew Asperheim, Stephanie (Justin) Patterson, Amanda (Brayden) Ward, Jessica (Devon Clark) Norman, Andrew Truscott and Stephan Truscott; great-grandchildren, Kamdyn, Kaitlyn, Teagan, Christian, and Lucy; brothers, Robert (Shirley), Gerald (Laurel), and Kenneth (Janice); sisters, Mildred (Jim) Ruiz and Merle (Roger) Landro; along with many nieces and nephews.
Visitation to be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 2nd at Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798 Miller Trunk Hwy, with a memorial service at Noon and reception to follow. In memory of Bill, memorials preferred to Solvay Hospice House.