April 2, 1943 – August 17, 2019
Bill arrived in this world at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and passed away there in the hospice ward surrounded by his wife and children, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer.
Bill grew up in Courtenay, but spent most of his life in Northern BC, teaching high school in Prince George (where he met wife Jacqui) and Prince Rupert before switching to a career as a reporter at the Prince George Citizen. In 1975 they decided to buy a small weekly newspaper in Burns Lake. The plan was to run it for five years and move on. Instead, Bill and Jacqui remained in the Lakes District for 42 years, raising six children and assorted dogs. During these years, Bill taught Adult Basic Education at the College of New Caledonia in Burns Lake.
A love of adventure led Bill to hitchhike around the world in his 20’s. This was the first of many forays abroad, including exploring New Zealand, Great Britain, and Europe with Jacqui and their six young children.
Upon retirement, Bill and Jacqui returned to the Comox Valley to be closer to their big family. It was a happy move for Bill, who enjoyed tubing, soaking up the sun, driving his classic Corvettes, swimming at the Sports Centre, golfing at Mulligans, having coffee with new friends and old, and volunteering at Elder College, where he taught creative writing classes.
He was a man of quiet and constant faith in God, which evidenced itself in the way he lived and treated others.
Bill leaves behind Jacqui, his wife of 47 years; children Sarah (John), Jamie (Jennica), Will (Katie), David (Melissa), Ian, and Ellen plus eight beloved grandkids. He is survived by his brother, Dick Graham.
We are grateful for the compassionate care Bill received during his final days in Hospice. Our thanks to the staff for cheerfully accommodating the needs of our large and devoted family!
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 7th at 2 pm at Comox Pentecostal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Far East Broadcasting or Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
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