William SELBY
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SELBY, William (Bill) Ernest
October 16, 1929 – September 11, 2017
On September 11, 2017, our wonderful father William. E. (Bill) Selby left this world to join our mother in heaven after a life of service to the community, devotion to family and dedication to his church. Bill was born in Calgary on October 16, 1929, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Doctor E.R. Selby and Laura Selby. After his schooling in Calgary, he attended The University of Alberta to study science and then Law. He had a long professional career in the oil industry, rising to corporate secretary of Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas and Dome Petroleum followed by a second career as Vice President of Community Relations and Special Advisor to the President of The University of Calgary. Bill was a tireless fundraiser and supporter of many causes with his wife Mary including serving on the boards of the Calgary Zoo, The Alberta Motor Association, The Canadian Automobile Association (Chairman), The Whyte Museum in Banff, the Association of Mountain Parks Protection and Enjoyment, The Calgary Parks Foundation and many others. A raconteur with a devilish sense of humour, a booming baritone voice and a deep infectious laugh, Bill was loved and respected by all who knew him. Possessed of great physical strength and vigour, Bill travelled the world bringing back pictures and stories to stimulate a new generation of travellers. His favourite place, however, was "El Nido" the family cottage in Banff and the surrounding mountains that he explored on foot and as a young driver for Brewster Bus Lines. Bill's greatest love was his family and he derived joy in many hours spent in the company of his children and grandchildren imparting the lessons of a life well lived. Bill was predeceased by his wife Mary, the love of his life, in 2000 and by his brother Ray in 2009. Bill is survived by his children John (Patricia), Gillian (Gordon) and Jennifer (Michael) and by his grandchildren Jack, Maia, Matthew, Connor, Oliver and Harrison. He is also lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Betty Selby, his nephew and nieces, Charles, Cathy and Beth, their families and his cousin Sylvia Ommanney. The family would like to thank Maison Senior Living for the care and friendship he experienced these last few years. A Memorial Services will be held at Christ Church Anglican (3602-8 Street SW) on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in support of the Mary Selby Scholarship, c/o The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. (www.boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca/ take-action/give/donate-now). Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Bill's family through www.evanjstrong.com. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. (403) 265-1199




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Published in Calgary Herald from Sep. 13 to Sep. 14, 2017.
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18 entries
May 12, 2021
Bill hired me as I graduated from UofC in 1973 for a summer job writing for the HBOG publications. I got to drive and fly around the province and at the end of the summer he took me for lunch at a club. He was a supportive boss and great to work for. That job led to two others and inspired me to get more into photography. Good memories of him.
Doug Williams
October 13, 2017
Bill was a lovely man,had a wonderful booming voice. He was kind and not one too look down on people. I know he had a great family and they should be very proud of his legacy.
Paul Mcdonough
September 29, 2017
I knew Bill from the 1980's when we worked together at the U of C. I remember him as unfailingly kind and generous. Just a really good guy. He will be missed. My condolences to Bill's family and close friends.
Ursula Wohlfarth
September 17, 2017
Bill was a long time friend and member of the same fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Nick Romalo
September 17, 2017
Nick Romalo
September 16, 2017
Bill was our partner in all things Rotary --- he did as he always did bring strong support - After his last little dustup with his car on the way to/from(?) Jasper, I had the privilege of ferrying him oncassion after our Rotary meetings. We talked cars (he and I both liked Mercedes! and grandkids and politics) Such great fun and too short an opportunity for BIG discussions but lots of time to learn quickly about his huge scope of interests and his absolute delight with those grandkids. Our Rotary Club misses Bill and I sure do miss those lovely chats. My thoughts are with you all. WE have lost a dear friend........
sharon bartley
September 15, 2017
Our deepest condolences to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad is holding hands and smiling with your mom now.
Robert/Maria/Anastacia Jido
September 15, 2017
Bill will be sadly missed as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and as a personal friend to all who knew him.
John Davies
September 14, 2017
Jennifer, Gillian and John;
We are sad to learn of your father's passing. We will continue to remember him for his humour,sincerity and thoughtfulness.
Cec and Dave Illsey
September 14, 2017
Bill was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He was a kindhearted gentleman with a heart of gold. I cannot help but believe that he has finally been reunited with Mary in heaven. May both their kind souls rest in peace... Love Janice
September 14, 2017
All of us at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary are saddened to hear about Bill's passing. We all worked so closely with Mary and then, only in Bill's style, did he step up to the plate and start raising much needed dollars for the kids. We will miss you Bill. Our thoughts are with you John, Jen and Gillian.
Cheryl Doherty
September 14, 2017
Jenn and family,
thinking of you at this time.
our sincere sympathy.
Mary and Joe Cavaricci
September 14, 2017
Mr Selby was a Kind,Gentle,Reliable man. He was our advisor for Junior Achievement and then again an advisor for AIESEC Calgary. I thought of him many times over the past few years as a model for always giving tasks to busy people because they would get it done! His involvement with bringing one trainee to HBOG set up a lifelong friendship with my husband and I and a couple from Sweden. Thanks Mr Selby!
Loraine(Caffelle) Laustsen
Loraine Laustsen(Caffelle)
September 14, 2017
Jim and I were both saddened to hear of your loss of dear Bill. We had the wonderful opportunity to share many fun times with him when he came to visit Syl on Salt Spring Island. We ate food in the dark, cooked on a wood stove and shared champagne in Cowichan Bay. He was a fun and entertaining man. He will be missed. Hugs to you all.
Gerry Sharp
September 14, 2017
Bill was a most gracious and wonderful man. He was greatly respected for his interest and commitment to the Calgary Zoo.
Trish Exton-Parder
September 14, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss Jenn. May he be at peace now, resting with your mom.
luv Sue
September 13, 2017
So sorry to learn of " Uncle Bill's " passing. I had such a lovely visit with him at Flora Allison's service a week ago. Such an amazingly wonderful man. Thoughts and prayers are with the Family.
Geordie Ryan -Thomas -Glenn ( Chambers Family )
September 13, 2017
The world will miss a great man. Bill was my "pew mate" every Sunday at church and I shall miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Irene Pfeiffer
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