William Elric BOIVIN

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    - Alyssa Boivin
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William Elric BOIVIN October 21, 1914 - January 28, 2014 Bill was born October 21, 1914 in St. Boniface, Manitoba. He died peacefully January 28, 2014 at the age of 99. Indeed, a life well lived. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Shirley (Jackson) in 1999 after 53 years of loving marriage. He is survived by his children Barb Lecky (Robin) and Jim Boivin (Debra); eight grand-children - Sarah Gayda (Tim), Jason Lecky (Doria), Adam Lecky (Joanne), Briony Hill (William), and Amie, Andrew, Alyssa and Adrienne Boivin; and eight great grand-children - Joel, Oliver and Phoebe Lecky; Jackson and Hailey Gayda; and Dorian, Tristan and Ulara Hill.

Bill grew up in Winnipeg where he coached high school football at Gordon Bell and played professional football for the CFL Blue Bombers. He was successful in winning the 1939 and 1941 Grey Cups with his beloved Bombers and wore his Grey Cup ring with great pride.

He served with distinction in WWII as a member of both the Winnipeg Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Post-war, Bill returned to Winnipeg and was named General Manager of the Blue Bombers.

The Boivin family moved to Vancouver in 1958 and Bill was named a Director of the BC Lions. He fell in love with the west coast where he could pursue his lifelong passions for golf, fishing, hunting and camping on a year 'round basis.

Bill's family would like to offer special thanks to the wonderful care-givers and staff at George Derby Centre where Bill resided for the past 17 years. They were wonderful years for him and he often referred to the Derby as his hotel.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Feb. 1, 2014
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