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Bearing industry icon dies

Bill Botterill, one of the best known figures in the bearing industry in Canada, has died at the age of 66, after a...


Bill Botterill, one of the best known figures in the bearing industry in Canada, has died at the age of 66, after a short illness.

Botterill started his career in the bearing industry in the U.K. in 1959. In 1971, he accepted a position as general manager of RHP Canada in Montreal. He left the company four years later to start his own bearing distribution company. MBS in Montreal bought the company in 1976 and he became general manager of MBS.

In 1980, he joined SKF as a salesperson, then became manager of the Aftermarket Division (AM), then vice-president of OEM and finally vice-president of AM. Next, he devised and implemented a bearing training program for SKF distributors.

He retired in December 1999 and moved to Nova Scotia. Bill is survived by his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Note: A more extensive obit will be published in the forthcoming April 2001 issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine.