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1927 - 2021

With saddened hearts, we announce the sudden death of our beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather, on November 22. We are thankful for all that he meant to us and that his was a life well lived.
Dad was predeceased by his first wife, our mother, Barb in 1968, and by his second wife, our stepmother, Amy in 2011; and by his sister Florence and brother Gordon.
Left to mourn him are sons, Keith (Fran), Bruce, and Jamie; his beloved six grandchildren and seven great-grand-children. He is also survived by his brother Richard (Mary); Barb's brothers, Bill and Curt (Barb), and Amy's sister Fran (Wes) and brother Stan (Barb).
Dad was cared for over the past few years by the compassionate staff of Faith Lane at River East Personal Care Home, where their genuine fondness for him was heartwarming and much appreciated.
Prior to retiring in 1989, Dad was the Employment Supervisor and Personnel Director for the Central Division of CP Rail. Once retired, he and Amy enjoyed many winter vacations in Hawaii and Australia and extended visits with family in New Zealand and Scotland.
One of his favourite spots was Victoria Beach where he designed and built the family cottage in 1962, giving us all a legacy of many happy summers with friends and family.
Dad had a keen sense of community and history. He was a proud Elmwood-East Kildonan boy, but he could tell endless facts and stories of the people and history of most parts of Winnipeg.
He had a "tongue in cheek" sense of humour and a warmth of personality that easily endeared him to people. He gave a loving nickname to almost everyone he knew, letting them know they were special to him. A very sociable man, he enjoyed the comradery of others particularly over happy hours, whether at the cottage, Harbourside, or wherever he was vacationing.
Dad was grateful for all he had and summed it up in a response he made years ago to a birthday toast in his honour, "I've never been very rich in terms of money, but my whole life has been richly blessed with the love of my family and good friends. What more could I ask for?"
A memorial service will be held at Immanuel United Church, 755 Golspie St. at 1:00 p.m., December 15. All attendees must have proof of vaccination and be masked as per public health regulations.
Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so wish, donations in Bill's memory may be made to Immanuel United Church, 755 Golspie St., The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, C1026 409 Tache Ave., or the Elmwood Kildonan YMCA, 454 Kimberly Ave., each of which had special significance for him.

Make a donation to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • May your father’s soul Rest In Peace. Wishing you Burr boys strength for today, and may the memories of your father comfort you for a hopeful tomorrow. - Posted by: Wayne Roberecki (Friend ) on: Dec 16, 2021

  • I wish to extend warm wishes to the boys at this time, I'm sorry for your loss. Connie Buchanan - Posted by: Connie Buchanan (Neighbor ) on: Dec 13, 2021

  • For me this goes back to the very beginning on Neil Avenue as one of the heart and soul families of the neighborhood. I pass on my condolences to Keith, Bruce and Jamie and the rest of the clan. Living next door we felt close to your family as neighbors do. Before your dad, there was Barb and Amy who were very good people as well. To the three boys you always felt like brothers to me and will always hold a place in the heart, times may change but great memories don't. You will be all right as I know the depth of your convictions. Happy memories and blessings to you all. I'm sure you will be hearing from Brian as well. Jeff, Shirley-Anne and sons Carey and Davis, 445 - Posted by: Jeffrey Hickaway (Neighbor ) on: Dec 10, 2021

  • Keith & Fran, Our condolences in the passing of your dad. It is always a difficult time when our parents leave us, no matter the circumstances. Thinking of you & your family at this time & holding you in our prayers. Love - Posted by: Graham & Allison Bloomer (friend) on: Dec 07, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear this sad news. We always enjoyed our many conversations and anytime spent with Bill. Our condolences to the family. Bill & Heather Hooper - Posted by: Heather Hooper (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2021

  • Keith and Fran, we were so sorry to read about the passing of Keith's dad. We heard you both speak fondly of him. Please know that we're thinking of you and your family at this sad time, Shelley and Larry - Posted by: Shelley and Larry Lindquist (lake friends) on: Dec 04, 2021

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