MCGHEE, William Peter Tennent
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November 8, 1919 - November 18, 2012
William (Bill) McGhee passed away peacefully at the Sutherland Hills Rest Home in Kelowna at the age of 93. He is survived by his loving partner of the past 15 years, Verna Lee Routledge. He leaves behind three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. These include Bill and Shelagh Lytle-McGhee of Salmon Arm, Patricia McGhee and Spencer Ottens of Kelowna, Mary Jane, David and Rachel Dickie of 100 Mile House, Connor Ottens, Michael, Veronica, Jasper and Lindsay McGhee of Vancouver. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Ann (nee Craig), his brother Donald McGhee of Quatsino and his sister Margaret MacDonald of Vancouver. Bill was born in Burnaby, BC, November 8, 1919, parents being Peter and Grace McGhee. He attended Elementary School and Secondary School (by correspondence) in Port Alice, where a pulp mill had been located and where Peter had been hired from Ireland as the mill accountant, later to become the manager. He went on to attend UBC and eventually graduated with degrees in Science and Forestry. His program there was interrupted by World War II, during which he volunteered as a Lt. Commander and Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy, patrolling the Atlantic off Bermuda for submarines. He worked in the forest industry of BC as a professional forester, most notably as Chief Forester for Crown Zellerbach, as well as Forest Practices Liaison to the BC government in the years prior to his retirement. He came to Kelowna for a few years to work as Interior Woods Manager, keeping the supply of timber flowing to local mills. He retired at age 62. His golf career became legendary well into his 80s, having previously been club champion at the Vancouver Golf Club, and proceeding, once retired, to score his age or better over five hundred times, with signed score cards to prove it. He had six holes in one, was Senior Champion of BC several times, played on the Canadian team at the World Senior Golf Championships in Colorado Springs and continued to win golf tournaments in the Super Senior category. He was a director of the BC Golf Association and the Senior Championship trophy at the Harvest Golf Club is named in his honour. Other strong interests included freelance writing, fishing, photography, skiing and singing in the choir at St. Paul's United Church. He was very generous in his charitable donations to many agencies and sponsored numerous foster children over the years. A GREAT JOB DAD, A LIFE WELL LIVED, AND YOU ARE MUCH LOVED. His family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Alexis Thompson, his physician, and to the nurses and care staff at both the Kelowna General Hospital and the Sutherland Hills Rest Home. Please direct any donations to the Palliative Care Services at the Kelowna General Hospital. Memorial Service is to be announced in the Spring. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 30, 2012