It is with great sadness that we share the passing of William “Bill” Ernest Fortier Jr. who died peacefully on August 30th, 2021 at his home in Laguna Niguel, CA after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was born on April 28th, 1955 in the Bronx, New York to the late William and Victoria Fortier. He is survived by his daughter, Kiana Fortier, her mother, May Fortier, his siblings Linda Fortier Romano of Carmel, NY, Timothy (Virginia) Fortier of Pleasant Valley, NY, and Diane Fortier of Albany, NY, as well as several nieces and nephews. Bill graduated from Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, NY in 1973 and proudly served in the US Army after graduation. He moved to California in the 1980’s where he pursued success in multiple careers. This included completing a program at Santa Monica Community College. Soon after, he worked in Beverly Hills while residing in Los Angeles and would later continue to move down the California coast until settling down and building a home in Laguna Niguel.
Bill’s greatest attributes were his confidence and courage, always believing anything was achievable as long as you were determined. His optimistic personality, great sense of humor, and charismatic smile always made him a pleasure to be around. He was also known for his candid persona that made him the ideal person for genuine advice. He cherished spending time with his family and friends, and always strived for the best for himself and his loved ones. He was known to be protective of those he cared for and a feeling of reassurance was never lost while in his presence. In his spare time Bill also had a passion for sports, golfing, traveling, boating, and fine dining.
His siblings will remember him for his confidence and the pride he took in exuding strength. His nieces and nephews will remember the excitement in his eyes when bestowing his wisdom to those willing to sit under his learning tree. Bill’s closest friends admired him for his determination and effort in all his endeavors, particularly his passion for self-improvement, his ready acceptance of new ideas and challenges and his willingness to listen patiently and offer comfort and wise advice. Everyone always knew and appreciated that being with Bill meant never a dull moment.
Bill will above all be remembered as the best and most loving father. It’s no secret his daughter was the apple of his eye. The father-daughter bond they shared was admired by all. They cherished every moment they spent together. He instilled all of his beliefs, values, and principals into his daughter and left this earth knowing she will proudly carry on his legacy.
Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Bill’s Life in their own way, raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory. Let’s remember the beautiful moments we shared with him.
A Memorial Service will be held at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, California, on Saturday, September 25, 2021, beginning at 2pm. The Memorial Service will also be streamed live and recorded for family and friends that will not be able to attend. We would like to invite everyone to Kiana’s home for a Celebration of Life following the Memorial Service.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations of any kind. Listed below are direct links to the mortuary’s floral store, as well as a GoFundMe page. To send flowers or to make a donation please visit these sites. Any help or donations you are able to give will be greatly appreciated. Also attached below will be the information and link to access the streamed webcast of the service.
Online invitation for viewing service online:
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On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to say thank you to all those that have reached out and sent their love and condolences during this difficult time. We appreciate all the support, it means more than you know. Though it is a lot to ask of such a demanding task to make it across the country for the service, I would really love and appreciate it if as many people as possible could attend. I believe my dad would have loved to see us all gathered together, and I would be overjoyed to be surrounded by all of our closest family and friends. I understand if you are unable to make the service and we will keep you all in our thoughts and hearts that day.