June 7, 1922 – June 11, 2010
After a joyful 88th birthday celebration with friends and family, Bill passed away at Lady Minto Hopital with his loved ones at his side.
Bill moved to Salt Spring in 2006 with his beloved wife Pat. They made their home at Heritage Place where they were welcomed by that fun loving and caring community.
Bill grew up in Preston, Ontario and lived in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Oakville. He joined the RAF moments after his 18th birthday and was the proud recipient of the Burma Star. Bill graduated from University of Toronto, Victoria College. He spent most of his working life with Confederation Life and began a new and successful career in his fifty’s as an annuity broker. Bill loved being self employed and enjoyed traveling with Pat and their many friends.
Bill was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was a committed and giving volunteer for many organizations and service clubs.
Bill adored visiting children Peter, Janet and Laura and his eight grandchildren. He was truly interested and supportive of their achievements and activities.
In his short time on Salt Spring, Bill made an impression on our community. His optimism and enthusiasm for life was unbridled and as a result he was welcomed to our community with open arms. He was fiercely proud of his family and was well known for his generosity and support. He played golf, sang in the Lost Chords and enjoyed his membership in the Probis group. Bill started “Movie Night” at Heritage Place and taught a new generation his love of bridge.
Whether it was at one of his favorite restaurants, an outing at ArtSpring, or a visit to the doctor’s office, Bill enthusiastically remarked how he was living in the best place in Canada: Salt Spring Island. He was well loved and appreciated and we will miss him dearly.
The Hoag McColl family would like to thank the medical community of for their care and support, the folks at Heritage Place, and the many friends who supported Bill and our family.
A Memorial Service will be held
Saturday June 26
1-3 pm at
“Always leave the party while you’re still having fun”