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WILLIAM CLARE SANDERCOCK
Born: Jan 28, 1950
Date of Passing: Apr 13, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
WILLIAM CLARE SANDERCOCK
1950 - 2019
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Linda, daughters, Dana (Westin), Allison (Garrett), his six beloved grandchildren, Charlie, Lydia, Levi, Delaney, Grady and Macey, his three sisters, Donna, Merle (Brian) and Glenda (Bill), mother-in-law, Alice MacMillan, sisters-in-law, Debbie (Will), Iris, Marilyn (Rob), and brother-in-law, Brian (Joy). He will also be remembered by his many nieces and nephews, who have their own special memories of their uncle. Bill was predeceased by his infant daughter, Heather Lynn in 1980, parents, Melford and Hazel, and father-in-law, Morris MacMillan.
Bill was born in Morden Hospital on January 28, 1950 to Hazel and Melford Sandercock; they were so happy to finally get their boy! He was raised on the Sandercock family farm and loved farm life. He spent his days working on the farm, fixing things, playing hockey and all things sports. Bill carried on his passion for activities into his later years where deer hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, curling, golf and pickle ball filled his days, and he met many new friends. He had a love of cars and had too many to mention. His first car was a 1950 Chevrolet four door, his favourite a 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger 340 and was driving a burgundy 1967 Pontiac Firebird 326 when he met Linda. Bill took his grade one at Shannon School (one room school) then went to Miami where he graduated from high school in 1968 and went on to complete his diploma in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba. His first job was with the Canadian Grain Commission in Winnipeg, then a term at Churchill and Moose Jaw. A funny story - flying from Churchill to Winnipeg. Bill got off the plane, picked up his box of stuff and headed to his car where he was tapped on the shoulder. He turned around and standing there was Bobby Hull to Bill's surprise. Bobby Hull said "I think you have my box of souvenirs". They traded boxes, shook hands and Bill always wondered what beautiful pieces of soapstone he could've had!
Bill met his wife, Linda, at the Winnipeg ski club playing recreational volleyball and the rest is history. They married in 1975 and she moved to Moose Jaw to be with him where he continued his work with the Canadian Grain Commission. In 1977 they returned to Morden where Bill began a term position with the Morden Research Station with the flax department. In 1981 they exchanged houses with his parents, and they started farming full time. The Sandercock family farm became a century farm in 2010 and they had a big celebration there. Bill was a grain farmer who ventured into cattle and later on elk. He had so many lively stories and close calls during farming we joked that he had nine lives. Bill loved to tinker; always fixing stuff and sometimes in unorthodox ways that made us shake our heads. Bill loved it when neighbours stopped by to chat and have a beer in his shop...he always had time to talk. He loved his community and was always there to help his neighbours, whether it was snowblowing their road or helping combine. They raised their two girls on the farm and spent many hours driving them around and cheering them on in all their activities. Bill practiced ball with the girls any spare time he had and never missed a sporting event. He was so proud of Dana and Allison and their successes and that later carried onto his grandkids - always bragging about their accomplishments with friends and the community. Dana and Allison always laughed that Bill's wallet was never empty. He always had a $20 bill for his girls or grandkids! In 2016 Bill and Linda took the plunge and moved off the farm to a house in Morden. Allison, Garrett and family then moved to the farm to live the good country life. Bill was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Jets and Bombers. He rarely missed watching a game and he loved it even more when he got a free ticket to go watch! Bill loved adventure and their years were filled with camping trips, cross-country adventures, Florida and ski vacations. He and Linda carried on their travel bug after the girls left home; visiting Costa Rica and Ireland, renting a park model in Mesa, and last year a Mediterranean cruise. Bill was an active member in his community, on the Pembina Valley Conservation District board, the Miami Golf Course Board, United Church Board, Elks Place Apartment board, member of the Elks Lodge and the Dunston Church Board and many more. Bill was loyal to his commitments, whether they were work related or family. He was a hardworking, devoted family man. Providing for his family was his purpose in life. We will always remember him for his love of life, joking around and making us and other people laugh. He always had a good story to tell! Bill was so full of life. He will forever be missed by so many.
In keeping with Bill's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 26, 2019 at the St. Paul's United Church, 353 Thornhill St. in Morden. As Bill was a faithful Jets fan and planning to take his grandkids to the next away white out, we are planning a "White Out" for his memorial and all are encouraged to wear white, if you like.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill's memory to the Elks of Canada (Morden Lodge #478) and Miami Golf Course.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2019
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
I was so saddened to read of Billy's passing. He was way too young to have had such an event. I was happy to read of how he did enjoy life. I simply remember Billy as the little guy in Shannon beside Barb (my sister). I do remember that he was always a cheerful little guy. My deepest condolences for all his family with this loss. Janice - Posted by: Janice Pitts (Cousin) on: Apr 21, 2019
Dear Linda, we were shocked, and so sad, to learn from Glenda of Bill's passing. It doesn't seem right that such a fine person is gone from you, your family and all his friends i.e. anyone he has ever met, at such a young age. We think of the multiple happy family occasions we had the pleasure of his (and your) company. While we know you, Dana and Allison will find the strength to carry on, we are so sorry this happened. Norma and Bob - Posted by: Robert&Norma Ramsay (Admirers of Bill and Glenda's brother&sister in law) on: Apr 21, 2019
Heartfelt thoughts to you all. We are so sorry. Bill's great grin we will never forget. - Posted by: Dale and Lynn Checkley (Brent and Chris Checkley brother) on: Apr 21, 2019
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