ROMANCHUK, William July 31, 1928 - June 26, 2014 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father on June 26th after a long and courageous battle. His warm and caring spirit will leave an emptiness in our hearts. William was predeceased by his wife Doreen in 1983 and brother Al in 2011. He is survived by daughters, Judy (Vic) Dougan and Norma Outram; sons, Jim (Debbie) and Michael (Steve); grandchildren; Brett (Gordana) Dougan, Tamara (Todd) Bjorgan, Melissa (Ian) Browett, Chris (Jenn) Outram, Kristin (Lowell) Rumsey, Mike (Nicole) Outram, Ashley Romanchuk (Mike Thompson); and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Rattray. William was born in Burnaby and moved to the Alberni Valley, where as a talented musician he played many dances during the late 40's and 50's. Around 1960, the family moved to Nanaimo, where he worked for Canadian Westinghouse and coached minor league hockey. In later years, he organized a prostate support group and was instrumental in having Neck Point preserved as a park. He was happiest when he donned his work clothes to cut firewood or work in his garden. There will be a celebration of his life at his home on July 19, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. . I shall not pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, Or any good thing I can do, Let me do it now; Let me not defer or neglect it, For I shall not pass this way again. Time dissolves but love endures forever. I love you, dad. - Michael Sands ~ Nanaimo
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News from July 2 to July 3, 2014