MANSON, William Victor "Bill"
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January 10, 1922 - December 2012
Bill was born in Prince Rupert, BC, the second of three children born to John and Louise Manson, both immigrants from Scotland. The family relocated to Salt Spring Island during the Depression to be near other family. There Bill completed his last two years of high school. Bill attended Sprott Business School in Vancouver before moving in 1946 to Squamish, where he was to spend the rest of his life. Bill met and married his late wife June in 1950. They were married for 60 years until June's death in December 2010. Bill is survived by his sister Margaret; his children Michael (Nanette), Graham and Jane-Anne, and his two granddaughters Sheena and Sarah, as well as nieces and nephews. Bill worked in the logging industry all of his life. He first worked for Empire Mills and then Canadian Collieries and Weldwood. Finally, he established his own contracting company, Harnor Logging, with his long-time business partner, Harvey Halvorson. Bill had a lifetime interest in community service. Over the years, he was a member of the Squamish School Board, the town council, the Rotary Club, the Squamish General Hospital Board and it's Foundation, various forestry committees and the Chamber of Commerce. The last named him Senator in recognition of his efforts in the community. He was also active in the Truck Logger's Association, serving on its board and as its Executive Director for three years in the 1980s. He was among the founding board members for Capilano University, later assisting them in selecting the location of the Squamish Campus. When the University celebrated its 40th anniversary, it named him as one of the 40 key contributors to the university's development. In 2011, Bill established a $100,000 scholarship in his wife June's memory to assist a Squamish student attending Capliano University. Bill enjoyed playing golf and winter vacations with his wife and friends throughout his life. In his prime he enjoyed fishing and hunting with friends. He looked forward to his annual hunting trip in the fall and regularly brought home deer and moose for the freezer. In his retirement, he remained active in the community events will into his 80s. He lived the last 4+ years of his life at Hilltop House where his wife June also spent the last years of her life. The family wishes to extend its thanks and appreciation to Dr. Bohn for his dedicated care as well as to the staff at Hilltop House, all of whom contributed so directly to the superior quality of life Bill enjoyed in the last years of his life. Services will be held at the Squamish Funeral Chapel on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. To sign the book of condolences, please click on squamishfuneralchapel.com
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2012