1931 – 2015
Bill went to meet the Lord Jesus Christ on February 9, 2015. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, of 60 years, Myrt. He is survived by his three children, Diane (Ross), Donna and Danny (Sharon.) Bill also left a lasting legacy of nine grandchildren: Rachel, Trevor, Sean, Graeme, Nichole, Renee, Kyle, Adam and Clayton. He took great delight in their six great-grandchildren; Ava, Nathan, Ryder, Ashton, Jackson and Noah. Bill was born in Glendon, Alberta. He was one of fourteen children. He is survived by his two siblings; Mary Harding and Nick Ness.
He met his wife Myrt in Moose Jaw while serving in the military. It was love at first sight. Bill always lovingly referred to her as “my bride.” She was a loving and dedicated wife and he treasured her above all things in this world. They were married for 60 years.
He served in the military for over 20 years as an aero engine technician. Military service provided the opportunity for the family to live in Europe, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and finally B.C. He always considered B.C. “God’s Country.”
At the age of 40, he returned to school to obtain his stationary engineer certification. Bill began his second career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox until his retirement in 1991. He was highly regarded by the staff. Many nurses stopped by during his recent hospitalization to share stories for how he brightened their days. Bill always had a ready smile and a humorous tidbit to share.
In addition to his love and commitment to his family, Bill consistently served others in the community. His ready smile and quick wit put others at ease. Bill made friends where ever they went.
Travel was a passion and they enjoyed many hours on the road in their 5th wheel. They took a year to travel across North America, and collectively visited over 50 countries across the world.
Bill had a love for the outdoors which included fishing, hunting, chopping wood, and gardening. He had an enthusiasm for hockey, curling and watching his grandkids play sports.
Above all things, Bill lived his life with devotion and commitment to the Lord. Bill believed in an eternal God. He made His presence personal in his daily walk. Bill knew God’s care was certain, His promises dependable and His love unexplainable.
He will be deeply missed.
Celebration of Life:
Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church 2963 Lake Trail Rd Courtenay, B.C. www.courtenaybaptest.com Friday, February 20th at 1pm
In lieu of flowers, Bill would have wished donations to be made to: Zambia Mission Fund Canada. zmfcanada.org