Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 11, 2013

William Oliver

NORTHVILLE — William Oliver, 71, of Northville, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 6 surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Detroit to parents Lawrence and Grace Oliver. A 1959 graduate of Cody High School, he later attended the Center for Creative Studies. Although he made his living as the owner of "Bill Oliver's Wallpaper & Painting", his passion for art, in various media, remained his lifelong passion. Bill was a founding member of Detroit Focus (Cass Corridor Artists) in the 1970s, a past member of the Visual Arts Association of Livonia, and a current, contributing member of the Northville Art House. Bill is remembered as an outstanding talent and accomplished artist whose works were exhibited in many local and national art shows.

He was an avid gardener and collector of art, glass and pottery. He also gave of his personal time to deliver meals on wheels in the Northville and Livonia areas for many years.

In addition to his loving wife, Elizabeth, Bill is survived by his mother Grace, sister Susan Threet (Larry), son Adam Oliver, daughter Amy Gallico (Mike), son Andy Oliver (Debby), step-sons Matt Unsworth (Jennifer) and Don Unsworth (Amy). He is also survived by eight grandchildren, two nieces, and beloved dog Trixie.

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life and beautiful art is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Northville Art House, Angela Hospice, the Animal Rescue Shelter of your choice, or Promise Village Home for Children. Arrangements were entrusted to Northrop-Sassaman Funeral Directors, 19091 Northville Rd., Northville.

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