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Date of Passing: Oct 03, 2019

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With great sadness, the family announces the passing of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
Bill will be lovingly missed by his children, Betty Salamon, Kathy (Doug) Mitchell, Michael (Wendi) Salamon; and grandchildren, Erica and Mark Mitchell, Theresa (Jason) and Scott Cannon, Juston, Andra, Paris and Aurhea Salamon; and great-grandchildren, Samarah and Mathias; sister Vicki Gosselin; and cousin Harold Salamacha. He was predeceased by his wife Sophie (Polanski).
Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1927, the older brother of Vicki. He was a born sportsman, paddling with his best friend Ed Gage at the Kildonan Canoe Club, downhill skiing on hills ranging from the banks of the Red River, to the slopes of garbage mound Mt. Blackstrap in Saskatoon, and finally the mountains of Thunder Bay. He was an accomplished skip providing us with numerous toasters, and shared his love of the game with granddaughter Theresa, holding the broom for her for countless hours while she practiced the sport. He loved Big Band music and serenaded all on his violin. He invented the Canoe Club Shuffle, and loved dancing to Glenn Miller. He met his wife Sophie on a blind date and was adopted into her large family. He attended the engineering school at the University of Manitoba, but chose to leave after one year to help support his family upon the death of his father. He delivered for Eaton's, worked for the Manitoba Power Commission, and spent the last 36 years of his working life with the Canadian National Railway, becoming a railroader to the core, with his career taking him through Sioux Lookout, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg.
His father Peter taught him carpentry and he became an accomplished builder and woodworker. He taught Mike and Doug all about wood, tools, and improvising, and to measure twice and cut once. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill loved airplanes of all kinds, and realized a childhood dream later in life by learning to fly, soloing in a glider as a member of the Kakabeka Falls Gliding Club. As a baker, a skill he learned in his senior years, he made butter tarts and Christmas cakes. He was outgoing and a great talker. He loved to "visit". His greatest accomplishment was his family. He loved them fiercely, and was so proud of them all. We are the houses that Bill built.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Christ the King Church, 847 St. Mary's Road.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to a favourite charity would be appreciated.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 08, 2019, Oct 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I was saddened to hear of Big Bill’s passing. I liked him very much as did my Mother Jean. Over the years, we enjoyed many fine and fun times. He was a good friend to my family and taught my brother a lot about building and woodworking, hobbies which my brother enjoys to this day. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Louise Cannon (Friend) on: Oct 10, 2019

  • He was like a second father to me. I will miss him. - Posted by: John Cannon (Friend) on: Oct 10, 2019

  • You and your brother had a special relationship. I know you will relish all your memories. - Posted by: Addy Armstrong (friend of Vicki) on: Oct 09, 2019

  • Will miss you Bill and all the great memories and the many phone calls between us rest in peace - Posted by: Harold Salamacha (1st cousin ) on: Oct 08, 2019

  • Extending our heartfelt sympathy to the Salamon family on the passing of William Salamon. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute of his adventurous life and his deep commitment to his family and community. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time. Staff & friends at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Oct 08, 2019

  • Erica -Condolences to you and your family from all of your friends and colleagues on the loss of your grandpa. - Posted by: Joanne Constantine (Friend and colleague to granddaughter Erica Mitchell) on: Oct 08, 2019

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