has taken his last boat ride.
Born February 28th 1923 in New Westminster, BC, Bill passed away peacefully in his 89th year on May 25th, 2011 in Parksville, BC. Bill will be missed by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Muriel, their five children Diane (Peter) Kellas, Ralph Prittie (Judy Loewen), Don (Janice) Prittie, Frances Prittie, and Margie (Lorne) Johnson; Grandchildren Wendy Kellas, Brent Kellas, Annie Prittie, Amanda Johnson, Joel Prittie, Caleb Johnson, Angus Prittie, and Lachlan Dorey; brother Hal (Loretta) Prittie and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A proud RCAF veteran, Bill returned from WWII and settled in Copper Cove, West Vancouver where the family grew and lifelong friendships were established. Common sense, honesty, fairness and a good sense of humour were traits that Bill would be known for in his business and personal life, we all learned from the example he set daily. A successful businessman in the Vancouver area for many years before retiring to Ladysmith and latterly Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Bill served on many business and community boards such as the Automotive Retailers Association, the 808 Wing of the Air Force Association, the Aggie Hall Restoration Project and the Ladysmith Air Cadets. Bill’s other passion was boating. After having many boats Bill went to work building his beloved “Annie Mac” which was launched in 1971 and shared with friends and family for more than two decades of cruising the BC Coast.
Glad you are at peace, we will miss you Bill-Dad- Bumpa. Special thanks to all the great people at Qualicum Manor and Arrowsmith Lodge who cared for Bill this past year.
We will be gathering to raise a glass and celebrate Bill’s life at 2 pm on Saturday, July 2nd in the Windsor Room at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.