HALLIDAY, William Elmer
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July 13, 1923 - December 16, 2012
We are very sad to announce that William (Bill) Halliday passed away suddenly but peacefully on Sunday, December 16th at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, AB with his family by his side. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Elsie (Tommason) in 2007; his mother, Muriel (Switzer) Halliday and his father, William Halliday.
Bill is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Pat (Ralph) Feenstra of Vermilion, AB and his son, Ken (Shirley) Halliday of Edmonton. He will also be dearly missed by his granddaughters, Janice (Howard) Jackson of Vermilion, AB and Lori (Travis) Bowman of Marwayne, AB. He was fondly known as "Great Bopa Who Sticks His Teeth Out" by his seven special great-grandsons, Cody, Kent, Colt and Khye Jackson and Eric, Rylan and Kason Bowman. Bill was the oldest in a family of six and is survived by three sisters, Blanche Brown, Ottawa, Ont., Wilma Sexton, Stonewall, Man., Madge Halliday of Edmonton, AB; two brothers, Jim Halliday, Fort. St. John, BC. and Ted Halliday, Abbotsford, BC as well as nieces, nephews and very special friends.
Bill was born and raised on a farm near Elkhorn, Man. After leaving school at age 15, he worked as a farm hand in Manitoba and Alberta. From December 1942 to May 1946 he served in the Army with the Algonquin Regiment. He didn't talk a lot about his war time experience, but spoke fondly of his comrades. He enjoyed Algonquin reunions in Ontario and trips to Holland to celebrate the "Milestone Anniversaries" of the liberation of Holland. He was also a Royal Canadian Legion (Brooks, AB) member for 47 years. Bill was a hard worker. He drove truck (oil patch and long haul) and charter bus most of his life, sometimes juggling several jobs at one time. Bill and Elsie were married in Leduc in 1948 where they resided until1953 and then lived in south Edmonton until their passing.
Bill's passion in life was aviation. He earned his private pilot's license in 1952 and flew until he was 84. He owned several aircraft over the years. He frequented the Edmonton Flying Club on Wednesdays, enjoying a regular weekly lunch meeting with old friends.
Cremation has taken place and at Bill's request no funeral service will be held. There will be a graveside service for Bill and Elsie in a family plot in Elkhorn, Man. in the summer of 2013. Donations would be gratefully accepted in Bill's memory to the Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5G 0X4
"Old Pilots Never Die; They Just Fly Away"
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 4, 2013