William Robert Fawkes, born in Strathmore on January 1, 1926 to Margaret and William Fawkes of Namaka passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Nanaimo Hospital.
Schooling was at the Namaka School and later spent a short time with the R.C.A.F. He farmed and ranched in Southern Alberta marrying Yvonne Cote. They had two daughters Heather (Dale), Monica (Michael), and grandchildren Darren (Krista), Scott (Renae), Colin (Cindy), Jennifer, and Rachel. Great-grandchildren Aidan, Connor, Parker, Karson, and Lily.
Predeceased by his parents and sister Nancy, he is leaving behind brother Jack, sisters Margaret, Jean, and their families. In 1952 with so many others, including cousins and a nephew, Bill contracted polio. He lost a lot of strength in his left arm and throat. He continued to farm but found it difficult. The family moved to Strathmore and he was on the road selling, remaining optimistically stoic with incredible patience.
In 1973 Bill married Doris Stangier, and eventually they moved to Qualicum Beach B.C. He loved his boat on the ocean and fly-fishing on Little Qualicum River.
His big and strong hands created beautiful things including leatherwork, hundreds of flies, and beautifully crafted bamboo rods. His scroll-work was everywhere and you could never leave without at least one piece.
Doris passed away May 3, 2003 and he missed her greatly. He had many friends in the Bowser area and always looked forward to carpet bowling.
His sense of humor was dry and when he said something funny he enjoyed laughing with you as much as the joke. He cherished time with Dawn and Lawrence, Gilbert and Lorraine, Troy and Dierdre to list a few.
A family gravesite service was held on Thursday, May 14th, at the Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in Cedar B.C. on a beautiful sunny west coast day.
Our family would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Gardens for their friendship and caring. Dad adored the staff and his friends there were very special to him.