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Born: Jul 08, 1965

Date of Passing: Mar 15, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle, Bill, on Monday, March 15, 2021.
Bill is survived by his parents, Bob and Jay, brothers, Chuck (Pauline) and Pat (Stephanie), and niece and nephews, Garrett, Meaghan, Matthew and Lucas.
Bill was born in Winnipeg on July 8, 1965. He graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in 1984. He had a long career working for the Manitoba Government. His career started with driver testing with Manitoba Public Insurance, where he proceeded to rise through the ranks to a senior position. Bill was an avid amateur pilot and eventually left Manitoba Public Insurance to fly professionally. He found his true calling with Calm Air. He then returned to the government flying jets for Lifeflight, where he retired.
Bill had many varied interests throughout his life, foremost of which was coaching hockey. He coached at a very high level and was very respected by all. Bill coached at the provincial and national levels and won many championships. He inspired countless players to be their best.
Bill had a large circle of friends and was loved by all. He was always kind and genuine and loved helping others. Bill was devoted to his family and was the primary caregiver to his parents in their later years. He was a dedicated uncle and loyal brother. Bill's circle of friends extended to Maricopa, Arizona, his second home, where he loved spending as much time as he could.
The family invites you to view the celebration of Bill's life remotely on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. - a link will appear approximately five minutes prior to the service on Bill's memorial page at Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk as celebrant, assisted by Cantor Stella Fedeniuk.
Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at

Arrangements with Memories Chapel, Brandon, 1-855-727-0330

Publish Date: Mar 27, 2021


William "Bill" John, beloved son of Jeanette "Jay" and Robert "Bob" Brenton, and brother of Chuck (Pauline) and Pat (Stephanie), passed away at his residence in Winnipeg, MB, on Monday, March 15, 2021.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Complete obituary information to follow.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at

Arrangements with Memories Chapel,
Brandon, 1-855-727-0330.

Publish Date: Mar 20, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021, Mar 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I worked with Bill at Driver Testing MPI years ago. He was such a decent person always on the go, helpful and just enjoying life. What a great loss to his family and all who knew him. Rest in peace my friend. Marilyn Hogan-Sims - Posted by: Marilyn HoganSims (friend) on: Apr 17, 2021

  • The Davis Family is sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a long time family friend, a hockey coach to our son Andy, a work comrade with our daughter Jessi at Life Flight and friend to Launi. Bill wired our house at Wally World and was called on from time to time for wiring projects. I knew Bill had a passion for flying as both Andy and I are pilots and our paths crossed many times in the business. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's Family and Friends. Sincere Condolences Wally and Penny Davis - Posted by: Wally Davis (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2021

  • My sincerest condolences to Jay, Bob, Chuck, Pat and families. I remember Bill as Billy, who as a kid, worshipped Chuck, was willing to help out, and always had a big smile. So sorry to hear of his passing so young. - Posted by: Kristin Johnson (old family acquaintance) on: Apr 01, 2021

  • I knew Bill for many years through hockey. We worked together on various committees and programs through Hockey Manitoba and then coached together for four years at the Provincial AAA Midget level. Bill always had a smile on his face and he loved to play jokes. He was also the type of guy that if you didn't see him for a while, when you did, it was as if no time had passed. We had many laughs over the years and Bill will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched. My sincerest condolences to his entire family on their loss. Rest in peace Bill. - Posted by: Paul Krueger (Friend) on: Mar 31, 2021

  • Billy you taught me a lot about what it meant to be not only a high level hockey player but also a high level human being and for that I will always be grateful. Even though we haven’t been close in a long time I want you to know that your presence in my life was never lost on me and you will be remembered! Rest in Peace my friend! - Posted by: Stephen George (Hockey Coach) on: Mar 30, 2021

  • My condolences to Bill's family and friends. He will be missed. I was friends with Bill back in the eighties playing hockey in Hazel Ridge and with the Elmwoood Elkhorns. Bill had a generous nature to him and he had so many interests: he was a ski instructor and gave me some lessons that stay with me to this day. I was new to the sport and so he gave me a Ski Manitoba team jacket (very cool to have back then) and he tells me to keep it. It was so generous of him (and it raised my status with the ladies at the local pub). I wore it proudly. He was also a projectionist at a local movie theater, I want to say it was at Polo Park but not 100% sure (getting old). All I know is he slipped me in a few times. He introduced me to some of his friends such as Jordy at Grand Marais. Those were great memories. Also, I remember him taking me to the airport to show me his first plane he had invested in, I was SO impressed. Sorry to see Bill go, he was such a GREAT guy. - Posted by: Ron Derksen (Friend) on: Mar 29, 2021

  • Bill was a great friend going back to our lacrosse days at Kelvin. He was always a very positive person and took our son Derek who has Cerebral Palsy on a flight for his birthday many years ago. A true friend always trying to help others. Loved having great conversations with Bill at his nephews hockey games at Gateway. Very sorry to all Bill’s family for their loss. Thoughts & Prayers, Keith (Mac) McLennan & family - Posted by: Keith McLennan (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • It’s with deep sorrow that I send my prayers and best wishes to your family on the passing off Bill. Bill and I worked together at life flight and he was an incredible person. I can not imagine what your going through and send you all my thoughts and prayers. Regards Mark Killen - Posted by: Mark Killen (Life Flight Co workers) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • He was a great friend, I will very much miss him. Bye pal - Posted by: don John land (his furnace guy) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Jay, Bob, Pat, Steph and family, We are truly sorry to learn of Bill's passing. Sending our deepest condolences, prayers for healing and big hugs in such a difficult time. - Posted by: Trina and Steve Herzog (family friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Jay and Family. Garry and Violet send our sincere condolences on the loss of your son Bill. Jay, you and I go back a few years as co-workers at Milnco Ins. and Bill worked for Garry as well. - Posted by: Garry and Violet Zwarich (Friends) on: Mar 20, 2021

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