William J. (Bill) Coward

May 23rd 1925 to October 24th 2011 passed away peacefully at Yucalta Lodge in Campbell River, BC. Bill, a loving husband, father and companion, was predeceased by Eleanor, his loving wife of 49 years, his father William and mother Ivy ‘Gram’, his son Vernon, daughter-in-law Marie,and, his son-in-law Gary Wilson. Bill was a truck-driver by trade in Victoria and Campbell River with stints as an estimator and dispatcher. As well, Bill and Eleanor owned and operated the Driftwood Café and Dining Lounge from 1968 to 1979. Bill will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him and survived by Kathy (daughter-in-law), sons Mike (Diane), Bruce (Kerry), daughters Marcia Wilson, Eleanor Ropponen (Raimo), and Diane (Leigh Bartel), numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, his very special friend Margaret Cole, her daughter Kerry and large extended family in Ontario, his brother Tom (Rosemary), and numerous nieces, nephews and the many friends he’s made over the years. Special thanks to Dr. de Bruin, the staff at Yucalta Lodge for their kind care of dad and for walking us through the final days of his journey. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a charity of your choice are encouraged. There will be a reception honouring Bill’s life on Saturday October 29th between the hours of 1pm and 4pm at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River.


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