William BROOKES

BROOKES, William Charles
May 11, 1924 - March 20, 2014
Bill lived a full life and leaves behind a family who loved him and will always hold him in their memories and thoughts. Bill was born in Glentworth, a small prairie town in southwestern Saskatchewan. He grew up on the family farm that his parents Charles and Lola homesteaded and as a boy he experienced the depression years which were not kind to farmers on the prairies. He learned how to be a jack of all trades on the farm, something that served him well throughout his life. He joined the Air Force in the 2nd World War and eventually moved to Courtenay, BC where he met Ethel Harmston who would become his wife. Bill and Ethel, after having twins Jim and Lynne in Courtenay, later moved to Coquitlam where they had two more children, Bonnie and John. Bill worked as a lineman for Hume and Rumble and then BC Hydro. He loved his time as a lineman and was quite disappointed to have to retire at 65. Bill and Ethel had a second home for many years in Yuma, Arizona and greatly enjoyed their time in Arizona with friends and family. Bill always placed a big priority on his family and the time he spent with them. He also often returned to Saskatchewan to visit family. While Bill's health declined in his final years, he fiercely regarded his independence and was able to live in his own apartment until the end. He was a man who was thankful for his family, his career as a working man, and his many other interests. Bill was predeceased by his wife Ethel Brookes in December 2013. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on April 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Legion at 12101 - 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC.


Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Mar. 29, 2014