W.E. (BILL) MURDOCH

Murdoch, W. E. (Bill)

Died peacefully and without pain on February 22nd at

Lynn Valley Care Center in the presence of his dear

friend Carol. Beloved husband of the late Betty

(Broley), he is survived by his sister Jean, his children,

Sally (Harry), Robert (Nadya) and Mhoire;

grandchildren Meredith (Pat), Robert (Jody), Michael

(Jodi), Patrick and Eric; and his great grandchildren

Caitlin (Jeremy), Daniel (Kelly) Michael, Timothy,

Andrew, Emma, Christopher and Patrick. Bill was

born in Vancouver on March 1st, 1913, grew up in

Victoria and graduated from Oak Bay High School. He

attended Victoria College and McGill University. He

met and married Betty (Broley) in 1936 and moved to

Australia the following year where Sally and Robert

were born. Mhoire followed in 1949 after their return

to Canada. Bill had an eclectic and fulfilling

professional career which included working for his

father at Crane’s Manufacturing in Victoria during the

Depression, being responsible for the production of

Mosquito fighter-bombers for the U.S. Air Force

during the war in Australia and after his return to

Canada producing logging equipment, owning the

Pepsi-Cola franchise in Vancouver and being Vice-

President of Marwell Construction. At one time or

another he was a railway worker, logger and he was

also a coal stoker on a ship between Sydney and

Montreal, the only way to get home in 1945. At the age

of 75, Bill supervised the construction of a seniors

condominium project in West Vancouver and

embarked on his last career as a consultant on

seniors citizens housing. Bill took a keen interest in

independent schools. He was a vice-chairman of

Shawnigan Lake School, founding chairman of the

revived Strathcona Lodge School and Cliffside

Preparatory School. After his retirement from

industry he occupied a number of positions at St-

George’s School and was named an honorary Old

Boy. A life-long Liberal, he was president of the Coast

Capilano Riding Association and played an active role

in the political campaigns of the Honourable James

Sinclair and Jack Davis. After Betty died in 1998, Bill

moved to Saltspring Island and continued to be very

active in the community and made many new friends.

In 2007, he returned to Vancouver and lived

independently until July, 2010 when he entered Lynn

Valley Care Centre. Bill, though small in stature, was

larger than life. His energy, optimism, charm and

sense of humour had an impact on everyone he met

particularly his loved ones. He will be greatly missed.

A service celebrating his life will be held at Shawnigan

Lake School Chapel on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at

2:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations

may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society in the name

of his beloved wife Betty or the charity of your choice.

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