William C. (Bill) Williams

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WILLIAM (BILL) C. WILLIAMS, 84, passed peacefully on August 25, 2018, after a long illness with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and, recently, lung cancer. We were fortunate to have had him for so many years. Born in Sumas, Washington, on December 2, 1933, Bill was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Barbara Williams; siblings Jeanine Keplinger, Lloyd Cannon, and Jerry Williams; and infant daughter, Tammi-Jo. He is dearly missed by his loving wife Beverly, son Rick, and daughters Bobbi (Stu) Heaton, and Traci Williams. He was "Grandpa" to 6 grandchildren: Piper Fowler (Chris), Tori Marshall, and Dustin Heaton (Lynnsey); and Albert, Alissa, and Alexandria Williams; and "Papa" to 8 great-grandchildren: Payton, Riley, and Morgan Fowler; Zoey and Logan Marshall; and Kyle, Makayla, and Deegan Heaton. Also left behind are his beloved extended family and wide circle of friends. Bill passed on his 66th wedding anniversary but managed to have a big bouquet of roses and lilies presented to his wife on that day. Bill faced his health issues with acceptance and grace and on his terms while keeping family first and foremost. His illness did not slow him down. For nearly 20 years Bill and Bev wintered in Cathedral City, California, where he enjoyed socializing with cherished friends and putting around the park in his golf cart attending to his rentals. In the many cards and phone calls the family has received, people say they will miss Bill's stories, especially those from his fishing days, and the email exchanges. Bill was Captain on many king crab boats. He once wrote, "There are times that you look back on your life and realize where your path in life took a turn. At the time you don't know it is happening, but years later it dawns on you." Bill's brother Lloyd Cannon - Founder, President, and CEO of All Alaska Seafoods; asked him to help bring a converted crab boat named the Juno through the Panama Canal. "From that point on, it was as if my whole life changed," he continued. Bill ran the Juno for 18 years, and then he and his brother Lloyd led a fleet of boats to Russia to help Russian fishermen become competitive in the industry. Bill wrote, "I'm so pleased to have spent my life doing what I loved." He retired in 1999 due to the health issues. The family wishes to thank Leah Wefer, Bill's exceptional aide, for her loving care these past few months, along with the wonderful aides from Eden Health Home Care and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Whatcom Hospice Foundation (www.whatcomhospice.org) and the (). A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held at Squalicum Boathouse at Bellingham Harbor, 2600 S. Harbor Loop Dr., on Thursday, September 27 from 11 am-3:00 pm.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Sept. 16, 2018
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