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Born: Jul 28, 1964

Date of Passing: Jul 19, 2020

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July 28, 1964 - July 19, 2020

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Bill Thomas from Peguis First Nation, on July 19, 2020, at the age of 55.
Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Gladys Thomas and Alex Bradburn on July 28, 1964. Bill was raised by Alice and Alex Bradburn at Peguis First Nation. He went to high school at Peguis School and graduated in 1985. He had a degree in Aboriginal Counselling from Brandon University and a Masters Degree in Social Work at UNBC. He worked as a Psychotherapist for many First Nations Communities. He was presently a Psychotherapist in Peguis First Nation. Bill also sat on the Board of Directors for CCPA.
Bill was a very loving and caring man, he loved helping people heal and was always willing to help any way that he could. He always had a big smile for everyone. Bill loved to BBQ, watch movies and spend quality time with Ian and Taylor, sing karaoke, and play with his beloved dog Brandie. Bill loved to spend time with the youth.
Bill had a passion for Scuba Diving, he travelled the world to dive and was very close to his scuba diving buddies. They were all like a family to him.
Bill is survived by his wife of 23 years, Elizabeth (Elie), brother Chris Stranger (Verna), as well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins.
Bill is predeceased by his mother Alice, mother Gladys and his father Alex Bradburn.
There will be a funeral service for the Winnipeg friends and family on Monday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Saint Mark's Anglican Church, 19 Saint Marks Pl., Winnipeg, Manitoba with the viewing one hour prior.
A second funeral service will follow on Tuesday, July 28 for the Peguis family and friends in the Saint Matthew's Anglican Church, Peguis First Nation at 2:00 p.m. with viewing starting at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the church yard. We would ask that with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the mourners in Peguis First Nation would come to the service in Peguis and reserve the Winnipeg family and friends for the Winnipeg service on Monday. We thank you for your understanding at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to:
Rock Fontaine Funeral Director
204-223-2576 or toll-free 1-866-499-2601

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • I was so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I will always remember him as an engaged, caring student and colleague. His determination to put his learning into practice impacted the lives of many and contributed to making the world a better place. My thoughts are with Bill's family,friends, colleagues and all those who knew him. He will be missed but always remembered. - Posted by: Dawn Hemingway (Professor while Bill attended the University of Northern British Columbia) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Bill & Ely were our neighbours for two years in Prince George, BC while Bill completed his Masters in Social Work at UNBC. What a wonderful friendly couple! We shared many meals and evenings. Bill was a friend to everyone he met. He served on the Board of Directors of the Crisis Centre for Northern BC. We kept in touch casually over the years & followed his career & travels. A life well lived at the service of others. You deserve your rest! - Posted by: Verna & Barry MacLeod (Friends & Neighbours) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • I can’t believe you are gone, my friend. We’ve known each other a long time, we worked together, and hung out in the 1980s all the time. We were each other’s date for various social events and we counted on each other’s listening and sharing skills. I will miss your laughter and positive attitude. Till we meet again, rest in peace. - Posted by: Rhonda Travers Beaulieu (Friend) on: Jul 31, 2020

  • My name is JoJo. Bill and I met when he and his friends decided to come to Indonesia to dive with us. Bill was not just any guest. He's family. He was super friendly both underwater and on land. We had a blast and lots of memorable experience. I'm sure I speak for my coworkers in the resort that we are saddened by his sudden departure. And I want to let people know that Bill has touched lots of heart. Even to us in Indonesia. - Posted by: JoJo (Scuba Dive Buddy) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences to Bills wife, family and friends. Such a tragic loss to so many people. I will miss you bud. You helped me through a struggle and encouraged me so much in my healing journey. RIP - Posted by: Judy (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • I’m writing from Edinburgh, a long way from home. I was so heartbroken to hear of Bill’s passing. I continue to experience his loss. I want to send my condolences to his lovely family, relatives, and community. Bill loved and had a wonderful pure heart. His fun way of talking and his laughter and his gentleness will remain with us forever. Thank you Bill for being a big part of my life. Thank you for your work with your clients, for indigenous members of CCPA and all professional members across Canada. Your presence was a joy. You remain in my heart. - Posted by: Ron Lehr (A true friend) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. It was a pleasure knowing and working with Bill in Nelson House. he brought a lot to the community. He will be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Sandra Prince (co-worker) on: Jul 26, 2020

  • Thanks for always making us (at work) laugh and for always being so positive and encouraging to others. Condolences to all of those that loved him ❤️ - Posted by: Denise Bear (Friend and co-worker) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • My condolences to his wife and family. Billy will be missed by many. Thanks for the many conversations and laughs over the years. Rest In Peace my friend. Every time I heard the song “My old friend” by Tim McGraw, I’ll think of you. 💞💞 - Posted by: Myrna Whiteway (Friend ) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • Condolences to all family and friends of Bill. A big hearted thank you for helping my son during his time of need. Meegwetch. 🙏🥰 - Posted by: Loreleighsinclair (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • It is with great sadness that I send these condolences to Bill's family and friends. He was an amazing person and friend. I have so many, many memories of Bill in our childhood. Each and everyone of them bring a smile to me. I am so proud to call him my friend <3 RIP Billy <3 - Posted by: Maureen Rushton (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • May the Creator's love and comfort envelop the many family and friends during this difficult time. Go rest high on that mountain, Bill. - Posted by: Susan Ryle-Munroe (work acquaintance/friend) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • On behalf of the previous students and staff at Lake St. Martin School at 1970 Ness Avenue, Winnipeg, we offer our sincere & heartfelt condolences to the Thomas family of their great loss. It was so shocking to hear of Bill’s accidental passing. His big smile, hugs and visits will always be remembered by all of us. May the Creator bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Rest in well deserved sweet peace, Bill Thomas. - Posted by: Margaret Pollock (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to the family of the nicest man a person could ever meet, my Daughters will sure miss their motel buddy Bill - Posted by: Cyndi Asham (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • Bill was my support in my healing journey. He helped me stay on the right road of recovery when I thought I was alone. Heaven gained a very special angel who walked this world spreading love, healing and compassion to many. I feel very lost as so many are feeling atm because Bill has left us to be in God's grace and with his ancestors in heaven. I want to dedicate my healing path to Bill and carry his message of encouragement to be strong. Bill Thomas your spirit will live within all the people you helped and your seed of hope you sowed within us all will flourish and grow strong and become a beautiful red rose 🌹 - Posted by: Denise Daniels (Friend ) on: Jul 25, 2020

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