Aug. 31, 1931 – Aug. 4, 2009
Passed away suddenly at his home on Salt Spring Island on August 4, 2009. Survived by Doreen, his loving companion of 32 years, his five children Pauline (Bruce), Steve, Lisa Maxx, Aaron (Daniela) and Caleb (Emily) of Vancouver; Christine and Sonia, the mothers of his children; six grandchildren Ben, Jekka (Joss), Fiona (and her mother Leah), Kay, Benjamin and Quinn; and two great-grandchildren Jorian and Jordan.
Bill was pre-deceased by his sister Diana and her husband Buddy; survived by his two sisters Victoria and Elin (Ray) and two brothers Darwin and Paul (Airi) and lifetime friend and cousin Russell (Dorothy) and his many nieces and nephews.
Bill was born in Gimli, Manitoba, on August 31, 1931, and lived on Hecla Island until the family moved to Steveston, B.C. when he was 12. Bill lived a rich and varied life with occupations of fisherman, carpenter, lawyer, boat-builder and back to fisherman. He was well-loved for his quick wit, silly humour, his compassion and his love of children. Music also played a huge role in his life, coming in from past generations and passing through to those yet to come. Bill will be dearly missed in his roles of partner, father, Avi and uncle. Farthu draumaveginn Vilhjalmur Jakob.
Please join us for a celebration of Bill’s life on August 29, 2009 at 12 noon at Central Hall, 901 North End Road, Salt Spring Island, B.C.