1940 – 2007
Bill passed away in the early morning of October 31, 2007, after a long and dignified struggle with ALS. For an active, sports-minded person, this was an impressive achievement. He is survived by Peggy, his wife of 37 years, his children Jennifer (Isaac) and Kim, his granddaughter Alyssa and his sisters Penny (Keith), Cecilia (Sybe), Rita, and brothers Jerry and Steven (Jenny); he is predeceased by his sister Dorothy and his parents Howard and Christena.
Bill was a quiet, gentle person who loved his family dearly. He was intelligent and knowledgeable about many topics. He was also a skilled craftsman and built his family home in Qualicum Beach. He was an avid reader and had many different interests including sailing or any other kind of boating, traveling, badminton, and volleyball. His best ever adventure was with Peggy during the first two years of his ALS, when they bought a Dutch cruiser to live on while they traveled the French waterways until his disease made it no longer possible.
After serving 12 years in the Canadian Navy and Army (Signal Corps) he returned to Queen’s University to satisfy his curiosity about business by getting his MBA. His next interest was Law and although accepted into Ottawa University, the birth of his first daughter stalled that goal. He became a senior federal civil servant instead, and served with distinction. He then moved to Qualicum Beach where he owned his own business as an electrical contractor until he retired.
Donations to the ALS Society of BC are requested in lieu of flowers.
There will be an interment ceremony at Qualicum Beach Cemetery, 867 Jones St., Qualicum Beach on Saturday, November 10th, 2007 at 2:30pm. Following the ceremony there will be a reception at 455 First Avenue West, Qualicum Beach..