Argyle “Bill” William



June 29, 1930 – April 15, 2007


Bill Paterson passed away peacefully at home on April 15, 2007. He was predeceased by his mother Margaret, his father William and his brother Gerald. Bill is survived and will be lovingly missed by his wife if 56 years, Irene, his sons; Bruce (Rhonda) of Merville and Brian of Salmo Annabel of Cobble Hill, his daughters; Candace Paterson of Alberta and Debbi (Joseph) MacDonald of Mission, his grandchildren; Carly, Ken, Adam, Kristen, Robbie, Mike, Jen, Alex and Andrew, his great grandchildren; Finley, Lola, Curtis, Anthony, Mitchel and Michael, his brothers Ken (Mary), Cam (Kay), Dennis (Helen) and Clinton, his sisters; Donna (Allan) Lea and Alice (Jerry) Lowen, sister-in-law Tina, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bill served his country as in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1949 to 1975 retiring as a Warrant Officer and a Korean Veteran. He served on the Athabaskan, Ontario, Digby, McKenzie, Chaudiere, Cowichan, HMCS Naden, HMCS Griffon and others. Bill was a devoted member of the Korean Veterans Association Unit #39 – Past President, the Royal Canadian Legion, Chiefs and Petty Officers Association and the Royal Canadian Naval Association. He worked for the RCMP Merritt, B.C. Detachment as a prisoner guard where he received a commendation for saving a prisoner’s life in 1991 and he also worked for Great West Steel with his brother Cameron. In the spring of 1950 the Navy was sent to help during a  flood in Winnipeg and Bill rescued his sister Alice at the Shriner’s Hospital and this was where he met his future wife Irene. Dad was a real organizer keeping up to date lists of family birthdates. His favourite hobby was buying Scratch & Wins and cutting snippets of news items for son Bruce on the CCG Tanu.

A Memorial Service with Legion Poppy Service will be held on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. from COMOX VALLEY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM, 1101 RYAN ROAD. If friends so wish, donations in Bill’s memory made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Comox Valley Unit, #102 – 1509 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2K6 would be appreciated. Thank you to the 2nd floor nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox for their care and kindness to our father. 

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