EARL, William (Bill) Henry
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12 July 1919 - 27 December 2012
Bill is predeceased by his loving wife Elsie in 2004 and two brothers and three sisters. After two weeks struggling with pneumonia Bill died peacefully at Red Deer Regional Hospital. Happily all of his family was able to visit him during his last days. Son Brian and wife Gayle (High River) arrived from Florida, daughter Linda (minus husband Don) from Doha, Qatar, grandson Darrin from Memphis (without wife Jenny), granddaughter Kaja Gjesdal with partner Sasha Lakovic and great- granddaughter Tatjana from Kelowna. Bill would never have lived as long and healthy a life as he did had it not been for his trusted friend/nurse Benita Davis and husband Ron, nor had he not been enriched by the friendship and care from Frances McCulloch and family. Everyone who knew Bill was inspired by his seemingly endless energy, kind words and generous spirit. Bill never lost his love for dancing and will be sorely missed at Legion and Golden Circle dances, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star meetings and for all his enthusiastic volunteer work with Alzheimer's and CNIB. They do not make them like Bill anymore. He was one of the best of the "Greatest Generation", awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for surviving two tours of duty as a wireless operator in the RCAF during WWII and never stopped loving (literally) this great land we live in. He made his mark buying grain for UGG in Rimbey and Ponoka, later working in management in Calgary, Vegreville and Edmonton before retiring to sell real estate in his beloved Sylvan Lake community while getting away for winters in Palm Springs. Bill is mourned by his nieces in Regina, nephews in Flin Flon and Ft Saskatchewan and all his friends at Victoria Park, Red Deer. Linda and Brian wish to thank Dr. Hopfner and the nursing staff of Red Deer Regional Hospital for their tireless and admirable care. Bill will be cremated and a celebration of his life arranged for spring 2013. In lieu of flowers please donate to Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, 114 - 4728 Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta. Condolences may be forwarded to www.sylvanlakefuneralhome.ca. SYLVAN LAKE and ROCKY FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORIUM, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. Telephone: 403-887-2151.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Dec. 29, 2012