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Date of Passing: Jan 01, 2021

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On January 1, 2021, Bill aged 72 years passed away.
He is survived by his wife June of 52 years, son Steve (Lisa), four grandchildren; Mikyaela, Joshua, Xavier, Scott and son-in-law Blair. He leaves two great-grandchildren; Kayson and Zaleah and extended family.
Born in Winnipeg, he eventually joined the Navy and upon returning from a Far East cruise, he met June and they were married on November 23, 1968.
Bill was employed at Headingley Gaol, then at Stony Mountain Penitentiary where he gained many friends and colleagues. Once retired he decided to go to Red River
Community College and learn how to become a long haul trucker.
Bill and June moved to Matlock, MB approximately 30 years ago and he joined the Matlock Fire Department as a volunteer fire fighter and taught classes in CPR and First Aid.
Bill was the local handyman and tended to many friends yards, cutting their grass. He would do whatever he could for friends and neighbours, when called upon.
Bill loved sports. He umpired fastball and slopitch games, refereed hockey, enjoyed target shooting and you could find him with the Chippawa Curling Club, encouraging one and all with the finer techniques of the game.
Bill loved playing the guitar with the Jammers in Gimli and Otter's Craft in the Village of Dunnottar.
Bill and June were able to spend may winters in Texas with their cherished friends.
Our family is truly grateful to the Home Care teams who assisted in allowing Bill to spend his last days at home.
Much gratitude and thanks to Brian, "his adopted brother"


Words of condolences may be left on Bill's memorial page at

Donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba 675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB. R3E 0V9 or Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB. R3T 0R3

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I am deeply sorry for your loss. I just found out. I remember him as a very loving person. Hunky Bill is what he told me to call him. He always was kind, non-judgmental and willing to give a hand. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to meet him. 🙏 - Posted by: Christine Phillips (Family ) on: Sep 09, 2021

  • Just learned of Bill's passing. My condolences to June and his family. He was a wonderful co-worker. In case I forgot, thank you for the 1971 VW Westie from your back yard. It became a working vehicle that took me on many adventures!! - Posted by: Susan (Tremblay) Schmidt (co-worker SMI) on: Jun 11, 2021

  • Condolences to June, Steve and family. Bill will be missed. We had many a great conversations as we drove to and from work putting the day in to perspective. Of course candy always helped. There are many things that can be said about Bill but the most important is, he was a true friend. - Posted by: Al Walstra (co-worker(SMI)) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to June and family. So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I met Bill through the Otter's Croft music group. I will miss Bill's friendly wave and hello as he drove past our place, on his way to help out another neighbour. Maria and Doug Mathieson - Posted by: Maria and Doug Mathieson (Cottager Matlock) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • Bill (the Candyman ) as he was called always had a pocket full and leaving a candy on your desk. He was always very positive and it was nice to see him at work. One of the real good guys. My deepest sympathy to his family. - Posted by: Kerry (Coworker) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • Bill was a great guy. We knew Bill from the many Navy bonspiels that he and June attended Dating back to 1974. Bill was a real people person and loved by all that knew him. He will be sorely missed by His Club (The Chippewa Curling) Club) and all that knew him. RIP old friend. T&T - Posted by: Teri and Tom Spohr (Friends) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • The loss of "Hunky Bill" Hanchakove is immeasurable. Aside from knowing Bill since before I can remember, it was he who taught me how to drive stick before I honed that ability in the military. Bill was a huge impact on me, and he will not be forgotten. To absent friends, may we meet again 🍻 - Posted by: Josh Mordarski (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • We will truly miss Bill. He was such a sweetheart and a positive life force! - Posted by: Margaret Speer and Fred Haight (Shipmates and fellow curlers) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • I worked with Bill when I started my career, and he was always friendly towards everyone. He was a wonderful man, always offering candies and trying to spread joy and light in an atmosphere that was very challenging at times. I will always remember those who welcomed me with open arms and taught me many valuable lessons. God Bless. - Posted by: Nicole (Co-worker SMI) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to June & the family at this time. - Posted by: Verna Harris (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • First met Bill (and June) when I attended a Canmidwestdiv Bonspiel in the late 80’s and I was quickly brought into the fold at Chippawa Curling. Bill was one of the first ‘seasoned curlers’ to offer his lessons. It’s why I grew to love the game. Bill, better known as Candy Man, offered handfuls, and handfuls of candies at every gathering. He always had a smile, a hug, and a kind word for everyone he met. I feel blessed to have had the honour to call him, Pops, Candy Man, Bill, but most of all ... friend. All my love and prayers to June, Steve, Lisa and Scott. - Posted by: Trish S (Friend and curling family) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • June, Steve and family, I want to send my deepest condolences. Bill and I officiated minor fastball provincials, back in the day and then to learn he was living close by. I know I called upon him on several occasions too. Thank you for the honor in allowing me to assist in Bill’s arrangements. - Posted by: Kathy Penner (Friend, neighbor) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • I met the “Candy man” when I had the honour to curl with HMCS Chippewa’s curling club. Bill was my first skip not know how to curl Bill was patient and humorous in his teachings. He had a heart of gold as his wife does. Bill could light up a room just by walking in, on Sunday mornings kids would wait for the Candy Man to show up. I know that Bill is in heaven and giving out candies up there. Bill you were a true gentleman and Terrie and I thank you for being in our lives. May your family know that you were loved by all who had the honour to come in contact with you. To June and Steve do not grieve but do rejoice in the fact Bill was loved by so many, especially the dentist that got to fill the cavities that his candies provided. - Posted by: Kevin Davis (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing! Always ready for a little chat...we will miss his smiling face when we walk by. RIP now - Posted by: Linda & Dave Gillis (neighbour) on: Jan 09, 2021

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