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WILLIAM ARCHIBALD

Born: Feb 15, 1924

Date of Passing: Apr 05, 2017

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WILLIAM ARCHIBALD (ARCHIE) SPEERS "I couldn't have asked for a better life than I have had", was a statement Archie Speers was fond of saying prior to his passing on April 5, 2017. Predeceased by his wife (Elizabeth) of 61 years, William Archibald (Archie) Speers, born February 15, 1924, is lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his daughter Dianne (Ian Forbes), sons Bill (Laurie) and Peter (Mich Varas), and grandchildren; Mary and Jack Forbes, and Ryan and Christine Speers. Archie made the most of his life believing and living by seven principals; "character, honesty, hard work, love, service above self, generosity and determination". Archie Speers was proud of his Canadian heritage: his great-great-grandfather farmed in what is now known as Toronto and his great-great-Uncle Charles Wesley Speers was a celebrated colonizing agent for Western Canada. R. James Speers, a great-uncle built what was once considered one of the finest racetracks for horse racing in Western Canada, Polo Park Raceway, and later acquired the land to build what would become Assiniboia Downs. Archie attended the University of Manitoba where he joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1947. In 1954 he founded Speers Petrochemicals Limited which he owned and operated for forty years before selling it. S.P.L. specialized in reservoir liners, coverings for winter construction (including air supported structures which revolutionized winter construction), grain covers and bags. In 1962 he personally built a two-story cottage on Kendal Inlet off Clearwater Bay, which has served as a multi-generational family gathering place for over 50 years. Besides providing a cottage for the family, Archie spent weekends and holidays with his children and grandchildren at the movies, riding on roller coasters, swimming, boating, water skiing, playing games and many other activities. As a volunteer in the community, Archie served as; Chairman of the Children's Aid Society of Winnipeg, a founding member of the United Way, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Chairman of Saint Stephens Broadway United Church, Chairman of The March of Dimes for the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, and assisted many other organizations and charities through his longstanding membership with the Rotary Club of Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Thomas Sill Foundation, the United Way of Winnipeg or the Riverview Health Centre Foundation. The Speers family would like to offer special thanks to the exceptional staff on CD3 wing at Riverview Health Center. Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences: www.bardal.ca

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 08, 2017

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • my mother who now resides at Riverview was a friend of Archie's. I had the pleasure of sitting with him for breakfast many mornings along with my mother. he would say my body is awake but mind hasn't woken up yet while they waited for their breakfast. when I told my mother, Lucille, that Archie had passed a tear rolled down her cheek and she said "he was my friend". I enjoyed knowing him for the short time that i did. I just realized we were close neighbours at Clearwater Bay. we access our island off Kendal Inlet RD. - Posted by: John Miller (friend) on: Apr 10, 2017

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