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1919 - 2013
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On August 21, at 93 years of age, Bill went home to be with his Lord and to reunite with his beloved wife Nancy who passed away this May. He is survived and dearly missed by his loving family: daughters, Sharon McInnes, Lynda Darling, and Cindy Diett; sons-in-law, Tony Darling and Peter Diett; granddaughters, Amanda, Kimberly and Hope McInnes and Jennifer Darling; grandsons, Adam and Graham Diett; his cherished Fox Family; brother-in-law Bill (Barbara) Tracey and several nieces and nephews. Born in Oyen, Alberta, the son of Alfred Fox and Elizabeth Harrington, Bill worked in the coal mines in Carbon until he enlisted in the Armed Forces. He proudly served his country overseas for five years during World War II. In 1951, Bill graduated from the University of Alberta as an Electrical Engineer. He worked for Westinghouse initially, where he met Nancy, and then for the City of Vancouver for 26 years in the Lighting Division. During that time, his department designed and installed 33,000 street lights and as Dad said "essentially lit up the city". Bill was a professional engineer and a member of the APEGBC, past president of the Canadian Institute of Management (B.C.) and past president of the Illuminating Engineers Society of North America, (BC). In retirement, he served as a president of the Village Squares square dancing group and as a president of the strata council where he resided. He was also involved as a board or committee member in many other organizations. If there was a chance to participate and take notes, Dad was there. Bill was blessed to have a long and healthy retirement. He enjoyed golf, square dancing, bridge, travelling and he spent many memorable times with Nancy at their "gem" of a place in Osoyoos. He was proud to serve for over six decades as an active member of the United Church. He was a gentleman and a friend to many; his mischievous sense of humor charmed all who knew him. He was a patient, loving and kind father, grandfather and uncle who kept us smiling. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Cedar Garden Assisted Living for their loving care of Dad and extend special thanks to Dr. Craig Bergstrom. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation - Heart Centre, the North Shore Hospice Society or to a charity of your choice.
Deeply missed and forever loved.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, 2013