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WILLIAM ROBERT (BILL) STANLEY
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William Robert (Bill) Stanley, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, who passed away with his family by his side after a long battle with Polycythemia Vera and complications following surgery.
Bill leaves behind Christine, his loving wife, son Scott (Mysteli), daughter Erin (Nathan), grandchildren, Ethan, Charlotte and Charlie, sister Cheryl (BJ), and nephews, Jeff (Cassie) and Rob. Bill was predeceased by his father Frederick and mother Mabel.
Bill had a long and successful career in Western Canada's medical gases industry, holding sales and management positions with Canadian Liquid Air (Air Liquide), ALMED, and VitalAire. He was always proud of being able to learn from, work with, and mentor very exceptional people during his time in the industry, many of whom continue in the field to this day.
Throughout his life, Bill loved helping his friends and family, researching cars, and following the markets, sports, and current events. In retirement, he and Chris loved being able to spend time with their grandchildren, and winters in Arizona.
Bill's battle with Polycythemia Vera was a long one, which he fought in silence for 14 years, much longer than he was told to expect. Special thanks to staff at Grace and St. Boniface Hospitals, and Dr. Ritchie, Dr. Harris, Dr. Lee, Dr. Schaeffer, and Dr. Hrymak.
As per Bill's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.
"I think it's brave
that you get up in the morning
even if your soul is weary
and your bones ache for a rest.
I think it's brave
that you push away the waves
rolling in every day
and you decide to fight
I know there are days
when you feel like giving up,
but I think it's brave that you never do."
For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021
Condolences & Memories (12 entries)
Bill was such a truly kind and genuine person with a wonderful sense of humour. He always waved as he drove by in his T-bird and would often stop for a chat. My heartfelt condolences to Chris and family. - Posted by: Val Bachalo (Former neighbour) on: Mar 23, 2021
Dear Chris & family, We wish to express or heartfelt condolences to you and all of your family on Bill's passing. We always enjoyed seeing Bill driving by in the summer and having chats in our driveway with him. We are going to miss him. Sincerely, Doug & Lynn - Posted by: Doug & Lynn Anderson (Friends & Neighbors) on: Mar 23, 2021
We are heartbroken upon hearing the news that my friend Bill is gone, will miss him coming by the barber shop and chatting about cars sports, e travels, and sharing stories about our grandkids, My dear friend you will never be forgotten every anniversary of my son's wedding you will be in my thoughts & prayers (spent a great day with you driving us around). May our great God welcome you in heaven, our heartfelt condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ralph & Carmela masi (Friends) on: Mar 21, 2021
Bill was a gentle gentleman. Whenever I was chatting with him no matter what the subject I walked away with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step. I will always smile when I remember him. RIP My friend - Posted by: Michael Morrison (Friend ) on: Mar 21, 2021
My sincere condolences to Chris and Family. Bill was an amazing person He was a friend to everyone. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Debbie Marshall (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2021
A true gentleman, enjoyed having beers with Bill at Georgie’s and hooking up at Spirits in Mesa in the winter. Always a good time and a positive attitude. And then, of course, playing St. Charles and stopping at #2 North for a quick visit and rum at the Stanley patio. (over the fence of course). Bill showing off the Tesla and T-bird and the Lincoln that parked itself. You will be missed my friend. God speed, heaven is lucky to have you. - Posted by: Dean Lawson (Friend ) on: Mar 20, 2021
Early in my career Bill got me out of the hospital and working for him at Western Healthcare. I remained in this field for the rest of my career. Bill was a great mentor and friend. He helped me become a salesperson and later shared his managerial experience. Bill was always a generous person and willing to help others. We will treasure the time we were able to spend with Bill & Chris in Mesa in February 2019. This turned out to be the last time we shared a few beers with Bill. Our deepest condolences go out to Chris, Erin, Scott and their families. - Posted by: Sharon & Reg Brown (Friends) on: Mar 20, 2021
I remember Bill (Mr. Stanley to me) as a hockey dad. His son Scott and I played together for a few years. Mr. Stanley was always cool with our teenage shenanigans. He had a delightfully dry sense of humour that I didn't appreciate until I got older. Mr. Stanley was a great man and he will be remembered fondly. My condolences to my old pal Scott and all of the family. - Posted by: Andrew Maksymetz (Friend and neighbour) on: Mar 20, 2021
Bill’s warmth and caring always permeated every conversation. While it was mostly work interactions, he was a true friend to my dad (Len) whom he had followed when dad left Liquid Air in the 1970’s. Through all those subsequent years and Bill's subsequent businesses they always had the pleasure of working and socializing together. I too had that pleasure as Bill supported HSC through his career. My heartfelt condolences and comfort during your time of grief. - Posted by: Craig Doerksen (Business friend) on: Mar 20, 2021
BILL WAS A GREAT PERSON, GOING TO MISS HIS STORIES ABOUT THE WINTERS DOWN SOUTH. WE WILL MISS HIM. - Posted by: Gordon Fedorkie (Friend) on: Mar 20, 2021
Bill always had a smile and funny story to tell. I am going to miss that. - Posted by: Shirley Manson (friend) on: Mar 20, 2021
It was a pleasure to know you Bill. I was a fellow Ford Thunderbird owner. - Posted by: Gordon Watt (Friend) on: Mar 20, 2021
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