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Date of Passing: Nov 04, 2020

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Peacefully on November 4, 2020, William (Bill) Hancox passed away at the Grace Hospital.
Through this difficult time in the world with Covid-19, we can't say he was surrounded by family. We celebrate his going on to be with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and his loving wife, Shirley, who passed September, 2010.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Linda (Jamie) Burke, Derrill (Louise) Hancox, and Todd (Pauline) Hancox; his grandchildren, Ashley, Steven , Michael, Josh and Hallee, his siblings, El Hancox, Brenda Hancox, and Terry (Leona) Hancox, and a large extended family along with his church family and friends.
Dad was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1936. Living through difficult times in his early years through the Second World War, he had a very close relationship with his older brother, Elwin. The two remained incredibly close through teenage years, raising families, and working together often. They enjoyed golfing together almost daily, year round for the last few years. He stayed in touch with close lifelong friends "Moe" and Ivan, as well as others. He met his wife Shirley as they travelled on the same bus daily back in the day.
He married the love of his life on September 1, 1956, and enjoyed over 50 years together. Dad was a contestant in the '65 and '66 Mr. Manitoba contests. Working sometimes two and three jobs to support the family, he wrote a remarkable thesis on driving safety, gaining him a mark of 100% to become a driving instructor. He worked for CNR for 34 years becoming the Supervisor of the Reproduction Centre (printing shop) before retiring at the young age of 52.
Along the way, he took up running and ran in the first Manitoba Marathon in 1979 and a couple more after that. In 32 years of retirement, he enjoyed golfing year round and had two hole in ones. He taught many things just by example. Always a smile on his face, he made you feel like you were the only person in the room. That smile remained till the end as nurses and orderlies would comment on it every time they entered his room.
Thank you Grace Hospital staff for taking such good care of Dad in those last difficult months.
A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be left on
William Hancox's page at

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I met Bill back in 1974 when I started at CN. He was always such a good friend and always saw the glass half full. Very fond memories of Bill! Rest In Peace Bill. - Posted by: Blaine Phillips (Former coworker ) on: Dec 07, 2020

  • The short time I knew Bill he livened up my life. Enjoyed great golf with him. Going to miss his laughs smiles and great golf shots. Hopefully we can carry on maybe make those Bill type golf shots. - Posted by: Chuck Hando (Good Friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Bill's family. - Posted by: Ray/Joyce Cherlet (Old friends/fellow worker at CN.) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • With Deepest Sympathy to the entire family! - Posted by: Janet Lewis Anderson & Bruce Anderson (Friends - CN Family) on: Nov 14, 2020

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