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Born: Sep 03, 1948

Date of Passing: Apr 08, 2020

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September 3, 1948 - April 8, 2020

It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Bill, with his wife Wendy by his side, after a long courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.
Bill was born in Buckingham, Quebec on September 3, 1948 and lived there until the family moved to Ottawa when he was 15. In 1969 he joined the RCMP. After completing basic training in Regina, Bill was sent to Whitehorse, Yukon in the spring of 1970. Here he met Wendy the love of his life. They were married in June 1972 and spent six years in Drumheller and one year in Magrath, Alberta before Bill left the RCMP in 1979. He and Wendy spent 10 years in Winnipeg then 21 years in Lake of the Woods/Kenora area where Bill worked for Canada Post. Here Bill could work a full day then go home and fish right in his back yard. The perfect day!
Bill's last years were spent in Winnipeg in Assisted Living at Devonshire House from 2010 to 2013 with Wendy and at River East Personal Care Home from 2014 to 2020.
Bill is lovingly remembered for his laughter and wit, his smile and his love of activities that always involved family and friends. He shared his love of hunting, camping, fishing and the outdoors with many generations. Best memories for many of us include how he taught us to camp, build a fire, catch and clean a fish, hunt and enjoy the outdoors.
You know you had a full life when those of us who got to learn from and love Bill realize now how much our younger generation will miss out by not having Bill in their lives.
Many thanks to the wonderful home care staff, friends and family who supported Bill through his journey with Parkinsons both in Kenora and Winnipeg. A special thank you to all the amazing staff at River East Personal Care Home for all their kindness, caring and support over the last six years.
In lieu of flowers, you can do an act of kindness or make a donation to a charity of your choice to support families in need during this difficult time.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Sorry for your loss....I did not know that Bill had passed away until yesterday...I have been assembling material for my service in the Force, including references to my Troopmates...Troop 10 1969/1970; He was Regimental Number 27542 and I was 27569... I remember Bill as one of our troop leaders, quiet, but always in control and willing to help others. He was one of the few, out of 32 who was 21 years of age or older...most of us were 19 and not long out of school. I remember how excited he was to get his first posting to the Yukon, rare for any recruit to be posted to the North directly from training...he was one of VERY FEW at that time. I am sorry that we did not get a chance to cross paths since Depot... Kindest Regards and Sincerest Condolences DB (Dave) Jeggo Orleans, Ontario - Posted by: David Jeggo (RCMP Colleague / Troop Mate) on: May 15, 2023

  • Wendy, so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing, but I know In your heart, it’s a blessing for you both. I was so relieved to know that you were able to be with Bill at his passing, giving the Covid-19 epidemic. Bill was the luckiest man alive to have been given the unconditional care, love and attention that you gave to him given his circumstances, especially difficult in the late stages. Like you would always remind me, you “still had someone to hug”. It would have been wonderful to have known you folks in the Kenora days. Take care of yourself. Our love, Rod and Carolyn Westmacott; Hope Haven Neighbourhood - Posted by: Rod and Carolyn Westmacott (Friendships cherished at the River East PCH) on: Apr 19, 2020

  • Our Condolences Wendy on the passing of dear Bill. Bill has suffered a disease that shortened his retirement fun way too soon. Fun he was & loved by all. With our love to you. - Posted by: Albert & Ann Holmes (Friend) on: Apr 18, 2020

  • Uncle Bill was larger than life is so many ways. I remember him towering over me in my earliest memories and he remains an essential part of my very best childhood experiences. So many of the outdoor activities he shared with all of us nieces and nephews were “first time ever” experiences. First trip in a boat, first fishing rod, first ice fishing, first canoe trip - Uncle Bill gave so generously of his many many loves. I am so so grateful for every minute he spent loving us and I can only hope he knew how very loved he was in return. Aunty Wendy - thank you for choosing such an amazing and wonderful man to share with us all. - Posted by: Kim Chaudhry (Niece ) on: Apr 18, 2020

  • We will always remember the good times we had with Bill in Ontario. He was a good neighbor and friend. We remember fishing with him in the lake and the New Years we spent together. Bill was always ready to lend a helping hand. These fond memories will always stay with us and he will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Herbert and Heidi Grosshans (Friends) on: Apr 18, 2020

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