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Born: Jul 09, 1947

Date of Passing: Jan 13, 2020

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July 9, 1947 – January 13, 2020

Bill passed away peacefully on January 13, 2020 at the age of 72 at home, with his daughter, Cathy, by his side.
Bill was predeceased by his beloved parents, Agnes and Dave; grandmother Mary Jernberg; grandfather Fred; his aunt Dorothy Wales; his cousin Andy Wales and uncles, Don Hamilton and Jack Wales.
Bill is survived by his beloved daughter Cathy; sister Barbara (Jim Smith); cousin Sally McCulloch (Dave) and their children, Cara (Scott Westman), David (Jessica) and Mike (Tiffany Helmkay) and their families. Also surviving Bill are Andy's children, Jenna and Trent and their mother Brenda Wales (Rick Hurley); Cathy's mom Susan; Barbara's sister-in-law Serena Kraayeveld; Dan Kraayeveld and Bill's cousins, Doug (Mary Ellen) of California and Ken (Amy) of New Jersey.
Bill always had fond memories of his years and friendships at Silver Heights Collegiate, University of Winnipeg and Robson Hall Law School. In 1972 he articled at the firm Thompson Dorfman Sweatman and continued his distinguished career there until his appointment as Chair of the Labour Board of Manitoba in 2005. Bill was a preeminent and respected labour relations counsel and labour arbitrator, as evidenced by the following comments from some of his colleagues:
"Many of Bill's written decisions stand as the seminal cases relied upon by Manitoba labour lawyers on a variety of issues….He was known as the 'Oracle' as a result of his unbelievable breadth of knowledge in the area of labour law and his uncanny ability to recall specific cases….Bill was a funny, thoughtful and generous partner."
"As an adjudicator, Bill was always thoughtful, fair, scrupulously prepared, and engaging….He understood so well the importance of a fair, impartial, and expert tribunal to assist parties in resolving their disputes…"
"He was always extremely patient with me as a young lawyer…he was always helpful and engaging…always funny."
Bill's family and friends know that Cathy was the apple of his eye and that she continuously brought him enormous joy throughout his life. They had a special relationship that words cannot adequately describe.
The family would like to acknowledge the special relationships Bill had with his colleagues and friends, Colin Robinson, Diane Jones, Marg Hetzler, and his caregiver and friend Raffy Villaflor. The family wishes to thank them all for their steadfast support to Bill, and them, these past several years.
In accordance with Bill's wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Bill's remains will be laid to rest beside his mom and dad.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If anyone so desires, a donation may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 1160-675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or to a charity of one's choice.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Barb, Cathy and Family Truly saddened to hear of William's passing. Another light in this world has gone out far too quickly. Like the Mysh, it still comes as a shock. We called Bill 'the quiet one' or 'the professor' because of his demeanor. Memories come flooding back of our particular pack of 'pipe' smokers gathered in the Robson Hall common room waxing philosophic on the subjects of the day. Bill was 'quiet' but when he spoke we all listened. If we were cramming for an exam everyone wanted his notes and his opinion. His career took the same path. Bill always remained open and engaging with friends, colleagues and family. Truly, Bill will be missed. More importantly, Bill will always be remembered by those fortunate of us to have had the pleasure of being in his company to share his insights, intelligence, compassion and humour. Rest in peace, friend. - Posted by: Sandy MacIver (law school classmate) on: Feb 12, 2020

  • Dear Barb & Cathy & family, We were so very saddened to read of Bill’s passing. Sadly the years pass too quickly & we lose contact. I did have a lovely telephone conversation with Bill about 6 1/2 years ago when he phoned brother Bob’s, when Judi passed was just like we were back in the old neighbourhood. Bill was a great guy and we know that a large void will remain in your lives. Thinking of you and sending our sincere sympathy, Janet & Steve Coppinger - Posted by: Janet Coppinger (Friend) on: Jan 19, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Bills family . I am grateful for the time I spent getting to know Bill . He was very kind and thoughtful. He will be greatly missed . - Posted by: Dana (Friend ) on: Jan 18, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of my neighbour from Davidson Street. My condolences to Barbara, Cathy and their families. - Posted by: Sandra Garvie, nee North (neighbour) on: Jan 18, 2020

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