William (Bill) passed away in Comox, British Columbia on Sunday, August 21st at the age of 70 after a two-year struggle with cancer.
Bill is survived by his wife Catherine; his older brother David (and his wife Wendy) of Parksville, BC, and his younger brother Duncan (and his children, Nicholas and Charlotte) of Delta, BC; his two sons Scott and Duncan, and Duncan’s wife Laura and their two kids, Bill’s grandchildren Connor and Jada. Bill was predeceased by his twin brother John, who passed in 2002.
Bill was born in Glasgow, Scotland before immigrating to Canada in 1950 with his parents and two brothers. He attended Nutana Collegiate until 1962. While in high school, Bill, a talented athlete, set records as a member of the Saskatoon Kiwanis Track and Field Club, and also played for the Hilltops Junior Football team.
After high school, Bill worked for the Saskatoon Public Library ‘bookmobile’. The job suited him; he enjoyed the elderly folks who frequented the library and they enjoyed the young, good-looking football player who took an interest in them and their reading preferences. It was during this time that he met his first wife, Diana Crawford.
In 1968, Bill went through training in Regina for the RCMP, which turned out to be his true calling. Over a distinguished career, spanning 35 years of service across posts in both BC and Manitoba, Bill worked with many people who would become his lifelong friends.
Bill worked his last 10 years on the Force at ‘D’ division headquarters in Winnipeg, MB, before retiring in 2005. Following in the footsteps of his parents and three brothers, he quickly moved out to BC. In 2005 he married Catherine R. Johnson, from Jacksonville, Florida. They started a new chapter in their lives by the ocean in Comox, BC on Vancouver Island.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to a charity of your choice.