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Born: Sep 09, 1938

Date of Passing: May 09, 2021

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September 9, 1938 - May 9, 2021

It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of our courageous Bill on May 9, 2021 at the age of 82. Over the past decade he battled serious health problems with his trademark optimism and dry humour, returning to us with no complaints - just happy to be home with his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Leslie; sons, Fletcher (Suzanne) and Jay; sister Gillian Smith and family; brothers-in-law, Rees Jones and family; Rick (Mary) Jones and family; sister-in-law Ronalee and nephew Ainsley Bamendine.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories and condolences for the family by visiting Bill's memorial page at
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My condolences to all of Bill's family. I knew him in the 70's as a customer of his when he worked for General Stationary.....hah, those were the days when everyone smoked, including Bill..and he always thought my potted plants were good ashtrays! He always looked after our account professionally and we had some good laughs over the in peace Bill... - Posted by: Barb Gyselinck (customer) on: May 17, 2021

  • I just heard of Bill’s passing from Bonnie. I am so sorry to hear Leslie. Fletch and Jay, be proud of your Dad, he was one special guy, he lives on in you. We shared some really great times together primarily through Scouting. Time has gone by so quickly. Yes Jeff, Scouter Bill, Grizzly Adams or just Bill. From the Sharing, Sharing, Sharing of Beavers through Scouts and beyond. Cub meetings at Voyageur School, Winter Camps, Provincial Camps, The Canadian Jamboree, that ever fun Fundraising, building Komatiks in Pete’s warehouse, Scouter Bill was there. Those Canoe Trips, from training the boys in St. James Pool to Teggeau, Dryberry, Delta Marsh in the ice, Scouter Grizzly Adams was there. And Jeff, you are correct, it does take some patience at times as new boys come on board and they need to be brought up to Troop, Pack or Colony standards. Scouter Bill had that patience in a teaching, caring way. There are many young men who remember Scouter Bill We have just lost a gentle, generous, sharing, patient good person who was always a pleasure to be with. Adieu Scouter Bill. Scouter Mike - Posted by: Mike Conchatre (Fellow Scouter) on: May 17, 2021

  • My deepest condolences for your loss. Regardless of whether I'm remembering him as Mr. Adams or Scouter Bill, I will always recall his generosity of time and spirit. Age and hindsight also makes me marvel at his patience and grace at handling the general nonsense of packs of young boys during these various scouting trips. Thanks for not leaving us out in the wilderness. I'm sure we tempted you once or twice. In memory still bright. - Posted by: Jeff Thomson (Friend of the family) on: May 16, 2021

  • Leslie and family. I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Times like this we think of what life used to be back in the day and how much fun was had by all at General Stationery. I don't think anyone's work place is thought of that way today. Life was good. Rest in Peace Bill. - Posted by: Terri Hlady (Friend) on: May 15, 2021

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