On a cold rainy day, May 21st, 2016, with the love of his life by his side, Bill slipped away to join the loved ones that had predeceased him. Born in Gadsby, Alberta on December 8th, 1924 he spent most of his young years in Stettler. Leaving home at an early age, he headed to the west coast where he found work and eventually joined the navy. He served on the Huron and then was transferred to Halifax where he joined the HMCS Oakville and from there eventually HMCS Bayfield. It was on this ship that he and his crew members swept for mines going into Juno Beach on D Day. He was very proud of the veterans that served along with him and in years to come attended many of the anniversary events worldwide. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Marjorie–semicolon– children: Sharen, Dianne (Phil), John (Darlene), and Linda–semicolon– grandchildren: Rodney (Charmayne), Corrina (Doug), Janis (Norm), Jodie (Chris), Will, Dara, Lynx, Corrie (Gary), and Kurt–semicolon– great grandchildren: Bella, Justy, Sydney, Jadyn, Ben, Andrew (Lisa), Vanessa (Steven), Anthony, Braydon, Dustin, Layton, and Kennedy–semicolon– and one great great grandchild, Aspen-Hope. Bill is also survived by his sister, Pauline Spiece–semicolon– and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents–semicolon– brother, Arthur–semicolon– sisters: Jackie, Madeline, Francis, and Helen. Also predeceased by his son-in-law, Jim.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Foyer Lacombe Hospice Care in St. Albert for their warmth and kindness extended to both Bill and Marj during this difficult time.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Connelly-McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta.
Anyone wishing to make a donation on Bill’s behalf may do so to Valour Place. No flowers please.