January 6, 1932 - May 10, 2012
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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bill, peacefully surrounded by love and family after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Bill leaves to cherish in his memory, his wife Fay, two daughter's, Lorena Foster (Doug) and Sharon Rosenberg (Larry), five grandchildren; Braedon, Brianna (Oamo), Keiran, Makena, Danica and his great-grandson, Jackson. Also missing him will be his brother Bob (Linda) and many special friends.
Bill was born in Swan River, Manitoba and spent his early years in Melita, Manitoba. He excelled in athletics; hockey, baseball and racquetball. Beginning in 1950 Bill spent 9 years working at Cobb Motors Ltd. where he was expected to succeed his father in the family business. Instead, upon his father's sudden passing in 1959, Bill, Fay and baby Lorena made their way to Vancouver where Bill pursued his dream of becoming a Chartered Accountant which he achieved in 1965. He joined Wolrige Mahon in 1967 as the third partner and remained there until his retirement in 1997.
Along with baseball, Bill's greatest passion and devotion in life was for his children and grandchildren. He loved encouraging, supporting and spending as much time as possible with them, which easily earned him the title "World's Greatest Dad and Papa". Dad, you will be sorely missed and we shall never hear the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" again without thinking of you. We cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you.
Bill was a selfless volunteer both in his professional and personal life and it is the numerous friendships he built and the lives he touched that will serve as his legacy.
The family wishes to thank all those who have supported us through this journey and helped make it possible for Dad to pass at home. Special thanks to the White Rock Palliative care team and Dr. Derek Lowe.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club on Sunday, June 3rd from 2:00-4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on May 12, 2012