Willard Nelson “Wilie” Runquist

Nov 9, 1930 – Mar 5, 2018
Willie was born in Hollywood, California, educated as an Experimental Psychologist at Redlands University (BA), Northwestern University (PhD), University of Iowa (Post Doctoral).

He taught in State Colleges in New York and California before coming to Canada in 1962. He taught and did research at the University of Alberta in Edmonton until his retirement in 1986 as Professor Emeritus. He and Peg settled in Union Bay where they lived for 25 years before moving into Comox in 2011.

He was a member of the Power Squadron, umpired men’s and children’s softball and became an enthusiastic ocean kayaker. He was an avid sports fan and amateur baseball statistician, a hobby he pursued passionately until shortly before his death. He was a lively conversationalist and story-teller and loved to have a captive audience.

Willie will be sadly missed by Peggy, his wife of 51 years; sister-in-law, Pat Wilson of Lumby, BC; brother-in-law, Bill Joinson (Judi) of Edmonton, AB as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister and brother-inlaw and many life-long friends.

At his request there will be no service.


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