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Date of Passing: Nov 21, 2022

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It is with great sadness that the family of William (Bill) Strachan announce his passing on Monday, November 21, 2022 at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 85.
Bill leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Sylvia Strachan (nee Phill); children, Laurie Strachan of Vancouver, Rick (Nicola) of Nottingham, England, Angela Hayward (Brian) of Anaheim Hills, California, and Chris (Wendy) of Winnipeg.
Also surviving Bill are his grandchildren, Courtney LaRoche (Bobby) of California, Hayley Invancoe (Carlos) of Mexico, Holly Strachan and Megan Strachan of England, Connor Strachan and Liam Strachan of Winnipeg; great-granddaughter Luna Invancoe-Tapia of Mexico, sister Pat Currie (Don), brother Bob Strachan (Marilyn), sister-in-law Doreen Bryk; brothers-in-law, Donald Bryk, David Phill, and Brad Phill; nieces and nephews and dear friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Isabella Strachan; sisters, Margaret Gibb and Eileen Didluck; and son-in-law Shane Invancoe.
Bill worked for the City of Winnipeg Transit Department for 37 years, retiring in 1992 as Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance. He was liked and respected by his co-workers. Bill was a hard-working man and was always there to give a helping hand. He enjoyed reading and loved discussing planes, cars, and the Great Wars. Politics was another topic Bill would never shy away from and often expressed his options in the most colorful terms. Bill loved to drive, and many road-trips were made across Canada, to California, and other parts of the US. Holidays were spent in Hawaii, the UK, and Texas. When not traveling, holidays were spent initially at Spruce Sands and later in their RV at Buffalo Bay where Bill could often be seen flying over the waves in his boat. Bill loved to fish even though Sylvia usually caught the most fish. His most memorable vacation was at Woodland Beach, Ontario where the entire family gathered for a week of "Water Olympics", card playing and generally having a great time.
Bill and Sylvia were dedicated to their children, attending countless hockey, soccer, baseball and ringette games, Ukrainian dance rehearsals and concerts, to name a few. Bill never missed an opportunity to see his children perform, come hell or high water.
After retirement, Bill and Sylvia spent 19 winters in Pharr, Texas, where they made many lifelong friends. Bill enjoyed playing shuffleboard, golfing, and most of all, sitting on the shore at Padre Island.
When not vacationing in Texas, Bill could be seen at any one of his grandchildren's sporting events in places as far away as BC and California. Bill enjoyed participating in curling, carpet bowling and lawn bowling. He enjoyed an occasional round of golf with work buddies and later with his brother Bob and friends.
At Bill's request, there will be no formal service. Cremation has already taken place.
Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Urgent Care, Victoria Hospital and Health Sciences Centre Emergency Ward for their compassionate care during Bill's brief stays and to Dr. T Babick for his excellent long-term care.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Bill was a wonderful, kind man who would always make time to chat when he got his vehicle repaired at P & P Automotive Repair. He was Paul’s boss at transit and when Paul chose to start a repair business Bill chose to support our business and loved to hang out in the shop. To a point that he offered to service advise and gave our family the opportunity of a vacation which I’ll always be grateful for. We were both looked forward to his phone call to booked his truck in for an oil change. He will be always in our hearts 💕 Penny Seier - Posted by: Penny Seier (Business friend) on: Jun 19, 2023

  • To Sylvia and family. Bev and I were saddened to hear of Bill's passing and our condolences go to you and your family. Working with Bill as a mechanic and as a supervisor was a pleasure and at times a whole lot of fun. He was respected and very knowledgeable whatever he did. Bev and I spent some time in Texas where Bill and Sylvia showed us around and were great hosts. Memories we will always remember. God Bless Barry and Bev Davis - Posted by: Barry and Bev Davis (Coworker and friend) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • Dear Sylvia & Family, My heartfelt condolences! May your treasured memories help to ease your sorrow. Wendy Morris (Gilbert & Margaret’s niece) - Posted by: Wendy Morris (Acquaintance ) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • My deepest sympathy to Sylvia & family.. May he always be in your hearts ... Rest in Peace Bill 💕 - Posted by: Eva Fuerst (Friend) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • RIP Stretch...I remember you as a great neighbour and baseball coach. "Put on the bug juice boys!!!""" My prayers are with you and your great family!!! KJ - Posted by: Kevin (Neighbour) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Bill & I worked in different departments at the transit base but I always enjoyed crossing paths with Bill & having a visit. Always upbeat & interesting & a good person. - Posted by: Rick Fast (Transit employee ) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • We are so sorry for your loss. May his memories be forever in your hearts. - Posted by: Gerry & Claudia Mabon (friends of the family) on: Nov 26, 2022

  • Bill was my supervisor at Transit in the 1980,s... I left in 1989 to pursue another career.. To this day, he was the best boss I had the pleasure to work for.. he was fair and had a great sense of humour... Was a great pleasure to know him....RIP Bill - Posted by: Dave Lysyk (Coworker) on: Nov 26, 2022

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