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Born: Apr 26, 1946

Date of Passing: Jul 03, 2020

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April 26, 1946 - July 3, 2020

With deep sadness we announce that Bill Adkins passed away peacefully on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 74 years in Victoria, BC.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Suzanne with whom he enjoyed 34 years of adventure, love and happiness. He is survived by his children, Lesleigh (Corey), and James (Michelle). He delighted in the company of his grandchildren, Dylan (Amy), Taylor (Tim), Cash and Scout and was very proud to be a great-grandfather to Emmett. He is also survived by his siblings, Rob, Liz and Robin.
Bill was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and spent much of his life in Winnipeg. He chose teaching as his career and taught in Selkirk and The Pas before completing his Bachelor of Library Science degree and becoming the librarian and part-time computer science teacher at Oak Park High School in Winnipeg. While attending a conference on Vancouver Island Bill met Suzanne, the love of his life. They married a short time later. Bill was a man of many passions and interested in all that life had to offer. He was an avid cross-country skier, geocacher, computer advisor, curler and nature lover. He and Suzanne enjoyed many wonderful holidays together, ranging from trips to Disneyworld with the children, to travels to China, Hawaii, road trips across Canada and cruises. They chose to spend their final years in Qualicum Beach, a place they loved for not only the ocean and weather, but also for the vibrant community. They truly felt at home there.
Bill had a strong faith and was active in the Anglican church all his life. He sung in many choirs and took great pleasure in music, both as a listener and a player. His latest instrument was the ukulele, from which he derived many hours of pleasure. He was very intelligent and had a plethora of knowledge in many diverse fields. He was a caring man, always seeing the best in people and treating all with respect and integrity. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the BC Cancer Foundation in Bill's honour.
The funeral will be held at a later date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I am sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My deepest condolences to his family. - Posted by: Art Ammeter (Former colleague when Bill taught at Selkirk Collegiate) on: Jul 08, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of this passing. I have fond memories of him from Oak Park. - Posted by: Colleen (student) on: Jul 08, 2020

  • Bill was a librarian at Beaverlodge School as well and I remember him from my teaching days there. He was so enthusiastic about his job and eagerly passed on the love of books to his students. He was easy to talk to and I enjoyed conversations with him on so many subjects. Bill was a truly dedicated professional. I send my deepest sympathies to his family. - Posted by: Deborah Nielsen (Ostlere) (Former teaching colleague) on: Jul 08, 2020

  • Having worked with both Bill and Suzanne, I'm saddened to hear of Bill's passing. My life was enriched by knowing Bill, whose positive mindset and friendly, encouraging demeanour was always appreciated by his friends and colleagues. Bill will be missed. - Posted by: Cathie Zarfas (Colleague) on: Jul 08, 2020

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