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“Trudgeon was a wonderful teacher, friend who I've kept in touch with since graduation(1979) We sent Christmas cards back and forth each year. Had...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Cindy Pastorius(Vickers) - MI

“Well T, looks like you have a new choir to command. I was a Lancer singer, Chamber singer, and also Trudge-( I called him either T or Trudge) Made a...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Mark Martus - Jumping Branch, WV

L'Anse Creuse High School Chior 1976 “So sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful man - who was not only a teacher but a friend as well. After leaving High School I was blessed to...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Larry Harrison - Houston, TX

“For me, Bill Trudgeon was high school, at least one of the most poignant memories of high school. I looked forward to class every day and we...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Dean Barnett - Columbus, MI

“Dearest family of William Trudgeon, you have our prayers and deepest sympathy at this very sad time. May your special and cherished memories sustain...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Michele Wiencek - Macomb, MI

“Beloved Family of Mr."T" (the LC students gave him).I was a student of his from 1973-1975. I was not vocally/ musically gifted. But in his heart my...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Debbie Champine Boddington - MI

“So many fond memories as a student in choir. It was so nice to reconnect with you, your thoughtfulness in bringing in our graduating year book with...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Darci Nault-Frost - Macomb, MI

“Mr. "T" was hands down my Favorite Teacher. I had him as my Choir Teacher for 6 years & enjoyed every one of them. So many wonderful memories. ...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Loftus - Clinton Township, MI

“So sorry for your lost...Mr. Trudgeon was the best teacher I ever had... ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Jenny Robinson - Eastpointe, MI

Photo taken in 2012.  I still look the same.  :-) “Mr. "T" was my high school choir director. I remember during the last days of "junior high" trying to pick out my classes. My friends chided me for...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Denise Hebert Champion - MI

“Mr T was a great teacher. Because of him, I found my voice. He was a wonderful mentor and friend. The last two years of high school when it was my...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Jane Boeling - Clinton Twp, MI

“My condolences to the family for your loss. Mr. Trudgeon was my high school choir teacher, and I have wonderful memories of those years. I continued...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Isabel Gonzalez-Hill - Macomb, MI

Paul Ritchie (Student) & William Trudgeon (mentor) “William Trudgeon was my high school choral director and music mentor. We kept in touch over the many years and we treasured one another's friendship...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Paul Ritchie - Harrison Township, MI

“Sang under his direction in the early '70s. Chorus and Lancer Singers. Seems so long ago. I was thinking about him last week. Crazy. Good times...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jeff Gougeon - Clinton Twp, MI

“You were the biggest influence in my high school years. I have never forgotten all that you taught me. I have thought of you often throughout the...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Browning - Rocky Mount, NC

“Our condolences to the family. Sending you all our Love and keeping you in our prayers. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa and Kevin Welsh

“You were loved and appreciated. You helped me sing through life for 58 years. Even you couldn't teach me to read music though. Thank you for...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Laura Ryan Scharich - Sebewaing, MI

William Paul Trudgeon, age 88 of Warren, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born May 8, 1929 in Calumet, Michigan, son of the late Howard and the late Agnes (nee: Birk) Trudgeon.

When God created William, a special touch was added when He instilled music within his heart. As he grew, music became a vital and prominent aspect of William's life which ultimately led to his receiving a Master's Degree in music education. With those credentials in hand and his mind set on making a difference by bringing music to the lives of others, William's search for a career was fulfilled when the folks at L'Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Township offered him a position as their Music Instructor. It was much more than a job for William,…it was his passion, indeed. Over the years, he was blessed to share his gifts and infuse the arts into the hearts of countless students,…and his students grew to love him dearly. Music was their connection, and William was certainly the glue that bound them together. There are many hearts out there who share an appreciation for music,…due largely in part to the efforts and direction of this incredible "Music Man."

At the age of 57, William decided to take an early retirement and begin a new chapter in his life as a world traveler, with the hope of seeing as much of this beautiful world as possible. This globetrotter set out with a lofty goal which he worked hard to achieve, and also documented his travels with a map,…and a BUNCH of pins. That map exists today and is covered with a plethora of pins that point to the many destinations he visited and enjoyed. From exotic to historic, and each of them breathtaking, William's travel portfolio was rife with beautiful memories and dreams fulfilled.

William was also known for being an avid fisherman. Nothing says peaceful and serene as does the joys of fishing,…right up until that little fishy tugs on the line and creates an excitement that stirs the soul of a hunter, and William lived for those moments. Forever in search of the "Big One," he was always hopeful with each cast of his fishing line,…yet often settled for the less sizable catches he acquired through his finesse and skills with a rod & reel. A sunny day, a favorite fishing hole, and William was livin' large! Yet being outdoors with a fishing pole in hand was just a smidge of the pleasure William enjoyed when escaping the concrete jungle. He was a true "friend of nature," and all living things, in general. With his gifted heart and compassionate spirit, he was like St. Francis in the woods,…and yes, the animals adored him.

Possessing a great sense of humor, a generous heart, and a selflessness that always put others first, William touched the lives of many in a unique and genuine fashion, and left an impact upon their souls that will never be forgotten. And this was none more prevalent than with his own loved ones, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a doting and loving father and grandfather. He not only possessed a musical heart, but a warm & compassionate one as well. Wherever he went, with whomever he engaged, William always impacted and influenced the lives of others in a very special way,…and his legacy will be embraced by all those who were blessed to know him. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

William was the beloved father of Diane Trudgeon and Bruce (Sandy) Trudgeon. Loving grandfather of William (Rachel) Trudgeon, esq., Dr. Melissa (Matthew) Alfano, and great-grandfather of Cecilia and Veda Alfano. He was preceded in death by siblings; Pearl Jalkanen, Jack Trudgeon, Viola Dupius, and Marjorie Nolten.

A Memorial Visitation for William will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a 1:00 pm Memorial Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Officiating the service will be Fr. Bogdan Milosz.

A Music Scholarship is being created in Bill's memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed, in his name, to: 28286 Armanda, Warren, Michigan 48088.

Please share memories of William at his guestbook above.