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Born: Nov 10, 1955

Date of Passing: Apr 19, 2020

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William (Billy) Lazarowich, a lifelong resident of the Dog Lake area of Ashern, Manitoba, farmer, fisherman, hunter, trapper, neighbour and good friend, born on November 10, 1955, died at home on April 19, 2020.
Billy grew up on the family farm in the Dog Lake area. As a young man, he worked for grain farmers around Teulon and then moved on to working heavy construction in Manitoba and Alberta and on powerlines with BACM. He was never afraid of hard work or enjoying the fruits of his labour – including his big black Buick that he bombed around the back roads of the Interlake, while saving for a down payment on his isolated farm.
He bought his cattle farm near Dog Lake in the early 80s and spent many happy decades there, in paradise, successfully farming, hunting, trapping and generally enjoying life on his terms. Billy retired from farming in 2014 and sold his beloved farm, to retire to his new house just down the road from paradise.
Billy had an amazing sense of humour and kept everyone around him laughing, with his hilarious comments and observations. He was a gifted storyteller and easily engaged all of us with his carrying on. He was an accomplished outdoorsman – and loved rat trapping in the spring in his younger years, and spent a lifetime fishing the inland lakes of Manitoba and hunting deer, moose, elk and geese.
For quite a few years, he would plant one small grain field at his farm and save it for his legendary goose shoot in the fall, where his buddies would pour in from all over for one incredible weekend - an early morning goose shoot and an awesome breakfast afterwards. Billy was an excellent cook and loved to share a meal and a drink, a good visit and laughter with his friends.
His farmhouse had big windows – one looking to the east and one looking to the west. And Billy kept an eagle eye on whatever was happening outside those windows. Billy hated black bears coming around his place, so he took a few out in his day: "got another one," he would announce with a great deal of satisfaction at doing his bit to whittle down the local bear population. His birdfeeders were always full and he was happy watching the birds enjoy themselves. He also enjoyed his garden and his fruit trees.
Billy lived a life of hard work, laughter, and tremendous solitude in a peaceful, wild area of the Interlake – doing what he loved. Billy was a true character and lived his life to please himself – happiest with the place he made in this world. He is sorely missed.

"One touch of nature
makes the whole world kin."

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral service held.

Arrangements by:
Ashern - Lundar

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I will always remember you Billy as my friend, with the always present perpetual smile. Rest in Peace my brother. - Posted by: Linden Johnson (friend) on: Jun 23, 2020

  • I spent a few times having coffee with Bill at the kitchen table watching the bird activity through the windows. One of my last visits I loaded up the bird feeders for him before I left. I kinda chuckled when he asked me to put out water for some baby squirrels that had lost their mom. Apparently their mom had been interfering with the birds. I'll miss Bill's sense of humor and his endless stories. Rest my friend. - Posted by: Sue Richter (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2020

  • Bill was a good natured guy with an amazing sense of humor. He wasn't afraid to tell you what he thought either. It was always entertaining having a visit with Bill. He will be missed. - Posted by: Jackie Jonasson (Friend ) on: May 31, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. We met on a few occasions at my dad's farm in Dog Lake. We enjoyed out visits and the laughs. It was a beautiful place and I could see why they both loved it. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Cindy Penny (Friend) on: May 31, 2020

  • I first meet Bill, Mr. Bill as we called him, when my son bought land about five years ago that bordered land Bill sold to the Swiss. He was a encyclopedia of knowledge and area history that we often tapped. As we built a tree stand for deer hunting on the property Bill would always visit arriving on his side by side atv. His arrival would result in a lunch break for us and I always packed some sandwiches for Mr. Bill. We enjoyed his visits, company and stories very much. After one very strong local wind storm Bill called me and said I checked your tree stand and its still standing. It was nice to know Bill was looking after us. Bill always tried to be strong when we visited him. His ill health took a back seat when we were all together. We miss his friendship, knowledge and expertise! It's sad to know we won't be seeing Mr. Bill driving up on his atv to visit us! Mark Chorney Jeffrey Chorney Ivan Mahmet - Posted by: Mark Chorney (Friend) on: May 30, 2020

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