STRANGWAYS, Willis 1923 - 2013 Born in Morley AB on August 26, 1923, Willis passed away peacefully on October 21, 2013 at Sunridge Place in Duncan BC. Willis spent his first few years in an orphanage with his younger sister, Jeanne. At ages 5 & 3 they were adopted by Charles and Maude Strangways and grew up on their farm near Kerrobert SK. Willis fell in love with Beatrice Schan and they wed in 1949. They left the prairies for Kelowna, then Dawson Creek and Prince George, before settling on Vancouver Island - all during which they raised five children. When Bea passed from cancer in 1986, Willis left his job with Coca-Cola in Nanaimo and moved to Ladysmith, where he operated the concession at Transfer Beach for many summers. Willis eventually moved to Duncan and ran the cafe in the Duncan Curling Club for 14 years before finally retiring at age 80. In his later years Willis was an active member of the Eagles Club (both Ladysmith & Duncan) as well as a proud member of St. Anne's Garden Club at Providence Farm. "Willy" enjoyed spending time with family and friends and will be remembered as having a "work hard, play hard" attitude. He recently enjoyed his 90th birthday party with his 94 year-old girlfriend, Gladys, by his side! Willis was a kind, gentle, loving man who will be missed by his children - Laurie (Ted) Kent, Carrie (Dominic) White, Jamie (Tammy) and Harvey (Sheryl) - and by his grandchildren Tory, Tyla, Lindsay, Tammie, Jamie and Justine. Willis' oldest son Rodney passed away suddenly on August 23, 2013 at the age of 61. Willis will also be dearly missed by his best friends, Ken (Cindy) McLaughlin and Pat Germscheid. The family would like to sincerely thank the care aids, nurses, support staff and management of Sunridge Place - both Meadows and Arbors - for their tender, loving care of our dad over the past few years. We also acknowledge Dr. Roy and the caregivers at Cowichan Hospital and Cairnsmore Transition Unit for their professional care. Special thanks to Dennis & Andy for playing Dad's favourite songs, and to Notura, Danny and Brenda for being with Willis at the end of his journey. An open house celebration and sharing of memories will be held on Friday, November 1st at the Duncan Curling Club from 7-10 p.m.
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Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2013