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ANDERSON, William Andrew
1911 - 2012
William Andrew Anderson died on Sunday January 15, 2012 at the remarkable age of 100 years. He was born August 24, 1911 in Wetaskawin, AB, into a large Norwegian family. He had six sisters, Alma, Edna, Hilda, Betty, Bernice, and Lynn, and two brothers, Gordon and Andy. As a young man he joined the Air Force.
On leave, visiting friends in Regina, he met Myrtle Marguerite McKee who he married in Medicine Hat two weeks later. Together they moved to Fort Macleod, AB where the allied forces were gathering to learn to fly. To his great frustration it was discovered that he was colour blind and he was grounded, but he was bright and so was quickly promoted to flight lieutenant where he instructed new pilots (Link Trainer). It was here in Fort Macleod that Myrt and Bill's only child was born, a girl, Joan Anderson who would later become Joni Mitchell.
When the war ended Bill found work managing a grocery store in Maidstone. A few years later he was transferred to the North Battleford store - OK Economy. Here he joined the Kinsmen Club, gave trumpet lessons, for a season led the marching band, played for dances and in adjudicated competition at the united church.
In 1952 he was promoted to merchandising coordinator for Shelly Bros., the owners of the OK Economy Chain, and transferred to Saskatoon. Here he was a member of the Usadian Club and traded tennis for golf. When he retired in 77 he counselled small businesses around the province.
He was a good card player and a fine athlete, winning trophies for tennis in his youth and golf in his later years. He always wanted to shoot his age, and at 82 he shot an 82.
Myrt and Bill cross country skied well into their 80's, enjoyed great health and thanks to Myrtle's dietary knowledge they were on no medications until they began to fail, a little, in their 90's.
Bill Anderson was lucky. Once in a scrabble game we watched him lay down the word "xylophone" from the triple score on the left hand corner to the double in the middle. We gasped as the points were added up while he laughed and gleamed. I don't know how many winning raffle tickets he held in his life, but he won a lot - lawn furniture, tape decks, beta and in time VHS, a clock radio etc. He never played the lottery.
Bill Anderson was an optimist. He bought himself a new car at 94 and drove it on little excursions (without mishap) until at 99 he got disorientated and they grounded him. He set himself a goal - to golf on his hundredth birthday, which he did. He was advised just to putt.
After that amazing accomplishment he lapsed into remembrances and fantasies and finally died, comfortably in his sleep on January 15, 2012 in his 101 year on earth. He is survived by a brother Gordon, a sister Lynn, numerous nephews and nieces and by his daughter, Joni Mitchell, and her daughter Kilauren Gibb and two great- grandchildren, Marlin and Daisy. He will be remembered fondly for his great laugh, his remarkable luck and his exceptional skill at keeping his eye on the ball. Funeral Services will take place on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Saskatoon Funeral Home, (4th Avenue and 25th Street).
Condolences may be sent to the family at mail@saskatoonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home, 306-244-5577.

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Published in Edmonton Journal from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2012.
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September 22, 2012
have only just learned of the passing of your father, William. much heartfelt sympathies, albeit much belated. as a native american and, like you, a prairie girl (from oklahoma), i send you much love, as we struggle to accept that life is but a wisp of smoke ... and yet as solid as the very earth beneath our feet. please enjoy your life and those special people who inhabit your world, live in peace, and know that many love you and stand with you in spirit. oh, and thank you for creating the music that will be played at my own memorial service. your sister in spirit.
Andra Baker
August 12, 2012
Joni: I lost my Dad back on August 9, 2009 and I know what you are feeling. Please accept my deepest Condolences on behalf of me and my Family....
May the Heavenly Father comfort you and your loved ones at this time
Jim Kurdyla
July 22, 2012
Would have liked to have known him Joni. Such a big fan of your music and read all about your Dad. What stories he must have had.

Mike Hicks
Winston-Salem, N.C.
mike hicks
July 8, 2012
Dear Joni and Family,
My most heartfelt condolences go out to you. I am very sorry for your loss. It's so difficult to lose your daddy. Keep your memories close; they will help sustain you. What a blessing to have family members who care for you and yours. Keep each other close. My mother always said, family is all we really have, for they are the ones who are there for you, no matter what. My father's last words of advice: "Be good...and be happy." Good advice. Difficult to do. But we must try.
June 28, 2012
Dear Joan, My Father was a pilot in WW ll and also played the trumpet. "Tea Leaf" Prophecy has always resonated with me, as my parents met during that time too. He passed in 1997 and still miss him. When there's a beautiful sunset I think of him and what will follow...a blanket of Stars that we shared together on many nights, where we spotted lots of constellations with many peppered stories. I didn't know your Father but he had to be an incredible being, as Daughters usually take after their Fathers.
My condolences to you and your family.
Denise McLoughlin
June 9, 2012
Wow, what a man. I was kinda amazed how similar the dates were to my Mom's life. She was born August 24, 1914 and passed away January 4, 2012, didn't quite make it to 100. My condolences to the family.
Barry Pitts
June 9, 2012
A little late but all the same I send my condolences...loss is always difficult but the Spirit moves on and shines brightly. Much Love to you, dear Joni and Anderson Family...
Norma Jean Garza kabirpour
May 24, 2012
hugs joni
May 23, 2012
Dear Joni (and family),
I just heard belatedly of the loss of your father and thought about the dream I had just last night which featured my dear father now gone four years and some months. He was lucky in such things as raffles, bingo and Sheepshead (a german card game played almost exclusively in Wisconsin where I come from). Your dad's eulogy reminded me of how much I miss mine. My thoughts are with you and yours. All we can do is continue to make art however in whatever form... although some new music from you would be a lovely bonus. I miss your voice. -- Dani Dudovick (Chicago, IL)
Dani Dudovick
May 18, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I'm sure that his positive attitude and love of life is the reason he spent 101 years on this earth. I lost my mother on February 15, 2012 and know the emptiness and sorrow you are feeling. My deepest sympathies.
April Bates
May 12, 2012
Dear Joni and Family,
I just read about the loss of your Father. He sounded like an amazing man.
I send my sympathy to all of you. Please read "Ralph Waldo Emerson's / To Have Succeeded" Not to many people can fill this description, but your Father William sure can! Many Blessings
Barbara Sullivan
April 15, 2012
My sympathies for the loss of this fine man. I know you all are so fond and proud of him and will miss him greatly. Joni, your parents were incredible examples of how to live. God's smiles and His sweetness is all around you and your family.
Donna Savage
April 11, 2012
This is a very beautifully written obituary about a man who is example for all us.
John Filler
March 27, 2012
What a wonderful man leading a joyous life. Being a golfer, especially love him playing golf on his 100th birthday and shooting his age at 82. I should be so fortunate.

Condolences to the Anderson family.
John Cissel
March 26, 2012
When my Father passed I though, well that's it , now I'm an orphan. It made me so sad and I hoped as time passed I might feel better. Sometimes time really can't heal all . We go on and try to keep all who lived in our past in our hearts.
My full heart goes out to you upon hearing of your loss. Maybe you will find peace in knowing he must have been so proud of you.
John Dinkins
March 18, 2012
A father is a special person, there is no other man who can make you feel as important as your father can, special life long connection. It sounds like your father was that kind of man for you. I am so happy for the long life he had and all the lovely times you must have had with him. I hope you are thinking of those memories when you think of him.
Diana Shonk
March 16, 2012
Joni, I really love everything about you since that, my sister, then studying at North Carolina (Chapell Hill), brought to me in Brasil - my 17s years old, the album For The Roses... Learned to loveyou... Banquet, Barangrill, it was SO different...
Years came... and now I cry when listen to that Shadow & Light Concert, outstanding stuff with James Dean, intro, the Coyote pieces... the dance, Jao, Pat..., brecker... God, how I miss a time I didnt live...
Nothing to say bout your happy, lucky and nonorable father... he was blessed in everey aspect of his lifetime
Bernardo Caram
Bernardo Caram
March 7, 2012
Joni, you've changed my life and still do constantly, from your singing, to your composing, poetry and sensitivity, you've made a singer out of me, a sensitive person with better fundaments, I'm rally sorry to hear about your Dad, I thank him for being your father, may peace be with him and all your family.
I'll never stop wishing for a new album from you, just cause I need it.
I love you very much and feel very close to you.
My best wishes to all of your family
Tomás from Buenos Aires.
tomas mondi
March 5, 2012
Dear Joni,

I give my condolences to you. As I have been a follower of yours for decades (since the late 60‘s), I would like to say that it certainly sounds like your father was a truly wonderful, intelligent, giving and loving man. What an opportunity both he and your superb mother had, to live a full life together as they experienced raising you as one of a kind - a true genius in my eyes. It would have been great to have conversed with such outstanding minds and to admire them for your upbringing. You are fortunate to be able to keep your loving memories within regarding your beautiful parents and to cherish them forever. May you always have peace.
Catherine Nulph
March 1, 2012
Dear Joni,
I thank you and your father for the first time I heard you sing, "Papa's faith is people and Mama she believes in cleaning." It opened my heart's eye to a new level of understanding, admiration and love for my own Papa and Mama.
God bless you and may He be giving your father divine company.
John Covaleski
John Covaleski
February 29, 2012
Oh my, Joni, you are a lucky lady to have had your father for 100 years. What a wonderful story you have. I'm wishing you many happy memories of your father. Kelly Cameron
Kelly Cameron
February 26, 2012
To the family: I am sorry for your loss. William Anderson sounds like he was a kick to be around. I am grateful to him and Myrtle for having produced such a wonderful child, Joni, whose music has had such a great impact on my life.
Avery Leinova
February 23, 2012
Sorry for your loss Joni. I am so glad that William and Myrtle your parents got together and brought you into the world. Parents play a big part in making us who we are and they certainly got something very right in raising you. May he rest in peace.
February 19, 2012
Dear Joni and family, sending love X how luck you all were to have had your dear father for so long in your lives.Susan Clifford UK
February 17, 2012
Dear Joni and family, I enjoyed reading about your dad. Sorry for your loss but it sounds like he led a full and wonderful life. Don
February 13, 2012
Joni And Family,
Fathers are so important in the lives of their children. I am sorry to hear that Joni's father passed away. I loved reading about William Anderson, what a gift he must have been to all that knew him. He was a role model for how to grow older. He must have been so proud of Joni. My deepest sympathy.
Gary Dick
February 9, 2012
Dear Joni & Family:
As a total outsider it is hard to write anything that can make sense...only that I am certain the author of the obituary struggled to write those words...my sincerest sympathy...I am sad for you losing one of your truest friends. I am the lady from New
Jersey who attended your art show in Saskatoon in 2000.
Suzanne MarcAurele
February 7, 2012
So sorry for your loss. I didn't know Bill Anderson, but I have followed Joni's music for a long time and feel a kinship. Take good care.

A friend in the U.S.
January 30, 2012
Dear Joni and family, Although I never knew your amazing Dad, you must have been as proud of him as he certainly was of you. (Our lives touch briefly in 1963-64 in Calgary at school.) My sincere sympathy to you all, you will certainly miss him in your life.
Delores (Anderson) Bird
January 30, 2012
To Joni and family,

I am so sorry for your incredible loss. What a man he must have been! I wonder if anyone ever asked him who his favorite singer was? It would appear he had a marvelous life, such a luxury in this world. Joni's music has been a constant companion to me for most of my life, and I can only hope he was as in love with it as I have been.
My regards to the family
Kevin A. Casey
January 29, 2012
So sorry to hear about Uncle Bill. Will miss his cards and letters. Love Dave,Sandy,Tavis and Davin
January 27, 2012
my condolences to the Anderson family...RIP..Kim Mullen
kim mullen
January 27, 2012
"With love and sympathy from another Anderson and a Joni fan"
Denis Anderson (Ireland)
January 26, 2012
My sympathies to the Anderson family, particularly daughter Joan who clearly inherited her father's energy, intelligence and talent for music.
Mary Anderson
January 26, 2012
well, i only know joni's music. but i have lost my parents and that is what we have in common. peace to you.
Diane DiBuono
January 25, 2012
Joan, I know computers are not your thing.... so I've no idea if you'll see this. All the same my heart is heavy for your loss... you've guided me since I was 14 years old.... and I know the pain of losing parents, even if they have lived long, healthy lives. It seems strange to say "I love you" to someone one has never met... but I do.... and I mourn with you for your loss.
Shannon Freeman
January 24, 2012
Denise McLoughlin
January 24, 2012
All the best to the family. He golfed on this 100th bday! amazing. RIP.

Darlene Check
K96.3 Radio Kelowna, BC
Darlene Check
January 24, 2012
Tom Slocum
January 24, 2012
Dear Joni,

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We Remember Them.

In the bowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We Remember Them.

In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring.
We Remember Them.

In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We Remember Them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn.
We Remember Them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We Remember Them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We Remember Them.

When we are lost and sick of heart,
We Remember Them.

When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
We Remember Them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us.
We Remember Them.

I hope you will find comfort in your memories.
Take care,
Melodie Solway
Melodie Solway
January 24, 2012
I am sad to hear of your fathers passing but he left such a great legacy of love in all those he left behind, that his star still burns brightly. Peace to the Anderson Family.
Judith Salyer
January 24, 2012
my condolences to you.sorry i missed the funeral.roadwork.....love and light patrick wolfe
patrick wolfe
January 24, 2012
My sincere condolences to Joni and the whole family for the loss of such a wonderful man.
Malcolm McPhee
January 23, 2012
Joni and Family - Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We will miss his comments and info in the family Round Robin. Our son Brad went to university in Saskatoon and really enjoyed his many visits and supper with your mom and dad.
Allan & Marlene (Buck) Lamson, Hanna, Alberta
January 23, 2012
As a former neighbour (1914 - Hanover Ave) we want to offer our most sincere condolences. As kids/young adults we knew the whole Anderson family and our mother was a close friend to both of Joni's parents. Our father was a house painter - and did a bit of work in Joni's family home. Both of your parent, and the Mussel family (son - Neil) spent a lot of hours working on their yards and flowers for many years
Jack & Linda Sellar
January 23, 2012
Dearest Joan,
We are both saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful Father-Bill.The loss of a loved one is never easy so we hope as the days pass it is the love of family and friends,along with the warmth of all your memories,that helps you through this time of grief.Our thoughts are with you...Janette and Bil xo
Janette Keefe
January 23, 2012
I met your great Dad and Mom at the golf course at least 20 years ago Joni, they were wonderful and when I told them I was a big fan of their daughter they were very sweet and told me how very proud they were of you! Their eyes lit up when they talked about you! Big hug and strength to you in this difficult time!
Eleanor Scharf
January 23, 2012
Rose Marie Joy
January 23, 2012
Condolences to B ill's brother Gordon & family. It sounds like a well lived life as well as, long lived!
Irene Trofimenkoff
January 23, 2012
I grieve for family and friends in your loss of Bill, and I pray that you may be comforted. What a wonderful and talented man! So happy that he gave the world his beloved daughter Joni, and that he lives on through her, his grand daughter and grandchildren. God bless you all, and my deepest love and sympathy to
you Joni.
Sharon Watkins
January 23, 2012
What an amazing human being!
Michael Totzke
January 22, 2012
Goodbye, Uncle Bill and say " Hi " to my mom.  Wow, I can only imagine the memories you collected over your 100 years that must have been more varied than most of us will ever experience. I treasure those you gave me........My condolences to you Joni............
Dennis Tronnes
January 22, 2012
My deepest sympathy for your loss, Joan. Both your parents had long, wonderful lives. Long may you run.
Dennis Weston
January 22, 2012
I am saddened that the man and woman who created Joni, have struggled. Have had to face what we all will. The end. I will look out into the sky tonight, and say something to someone somewhere that might just be able to relay it. Thanks for your life here Mr. Anderson, and thanks so much for Joni, who has saved a lot of us for so many years.
Jody Serkes
January 22, 2012
What a beautifully written tribute. My sincere condolences to all who knew and love Bill Anderson. And thank YOU, Joni for immortalizing your Papa, and the love shared in your family.
Lesli Watts
January 22, 2012
I can really feel with you Joni, how hard it is to loose someone who stands very close to you. Dagmar from Austria
Dagmar Seyr
January 22, 2012
My deepest condolences to you Joni and the rest of your family on the passing of your father...a truly remarkable and unique individual.
Sally Berger
January 22, 2012
I am sorry for the loss of your father. How fortunate you were to have had him! Linda Franklin, California
January 22, 2012
What a great and remarkable life. And he gave us Joni. May memories lift you up and carry you during this time. Sharon Roznik, Wisconsin
January 22, 2012
Joni, We are sorry to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. He was a remarkable man and admired by all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Debbie & Earl Kearns
January 22, 2012
What a life! He can't have any regrets, the best way to live. Condolences that he is no longer with you, Joni and family.
JoAnn Dixon
January 21, 2012
Sorry for your loss, yet happy to hear he lived such a varied and wonderful life, My wife and I lost our fathers in the last 2 years and I miss them in so many ways that I never imagined.
Enjoy your memories and he will always be with you

John & Pat Barnes, Wenonah NJ
January 21, 2012
My condolences to you and your family. What a wonderful remembrance you wrote about his long and inspiring life!
January 21, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Robert Villa
January 21, 2012
What an amazing man. I'd be proud to have him in my family, Love to all his family
roslyn arthur
January 21, 2012
Hats off to Bill Anderson for living an amazingly full life. He must have been very proud of his legacy, the wonderful and incredibly talented Joni. Condolences to Joan and her entire family...
Joe Rubalcaba
January 21, 2012
A snowflake for Bill
To the Anderson family..my sincerest condolences and good thoughts for a life well lived and fine choices made, Our father is also alive and well at 95 and still driving. Thank you for a wonderful obituary . Love to all of you.
Tina Rile
January 21, 2012
My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Joni. What a life.
Bart Falcone
January 21, 2012
What an amazing Man. Condolences to the whole family.
Joanna Johnson
January 21, 2012
A lovely life. Smiles and tears to you all.
Tom Scanlan
January 21, 2012
My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Joni and Family on the loss of an exceptional man in William. God speed.
Mark McKendrick
January 21, 2012
January 21, 2012
Wow! What a wonderful life! God bless you, Bill, and my condolences to Joni and Kilauren and the kids.
Catherine McKay
January 21, 2012
Sincere and heart-felt condolences to Joni and family. May God bless
and keep you.
Lisa McGregor-Peters
January 21, 2012
Joni: Sorry for your loss.What a beautiful life he lived.
Michelle' Frasche
January 21, 2012
What a beautiful Papa and loving amazing family. The Bible says that when a man of faith departs this earth, he is gathered unto his people. This is where a never-ending celebration of life takes place, with all the Family of God. We will see him again on that beautiful shore. May warm dreams of Heaven comfort you until then....
Cyndi Stevenson
January 21, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss.
MaryLou Baumgartner
January 21, 2012
Joni, So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to your family.
Jack Welsh
January 21, 2012
My sincere condolences to you & your family Joni. My heart goes out to you all.
Lise Gerrard
January 21, 2012
How marvelous he lived such a good long life! Condolences to you, Joni.
Tara Rinaldi
January 21, 2012
Ms. Mitchell and Family,

Very sorry for the loss of your beloved family member, Mr. William Anderson.

Sincere condolences to the entire family.
Chuck Frazier
January 21, 2012
Condolences to Joni and family. It's hard to lose a dad no matter what age, but he lived a good, long life and had a daughter to be proud of.
Patrick McDermott
January 21, 2012
My sincere condolences to the family. There is never a good time to lose a loved one or a family member. My dad was born in 1911 as well and I miss him dearly. I have been a fan of Joni Mitchell's for more than 30 years. Her music and the wisdom in her lyrics helped me through some of my darkest hours, singing one of her songs in a restaurant kitchen was the first connection that brought me my best friend, and she still brings me such joy. Her father sounds like he was a good father and a good man.......may God bless him and all of his family.
Penny Larson
January 21, 2012
"Joni so sorry about your loss it is so very hard to grasp. Never met you but of course feel like I know you thru all the years of your music. That makes me feel a connection to your dad thru you". Judi McClure (New Gloucester, Maine).
January 21, 2012
My condolences to the Anderson family for their loss. Of Bill and Myrtle's many accomplishments, none was greater than the gift of their daughter, Joni, with all the joy and beauty she has provided to our lives.
Otto Olivera
January 21, 2012
Condolences to the entire family. Sounded like he had a great life and his family was able to enjoy it with him ~
Frances Whitney
January 21, 2012
Dear Joan...I've often thought of your warm and welcoming parents over the years and wondered how they were. Among my pleasant memories of visiting your home in our 'Saskatoon days', is your charming father standing to greet me when I arrived for dinner. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Sincerely, Lorraine Drinkle-Browne, Qualicum Beach, BC
January 21, 2012
Joni, so sorry for the loss of your dad. I lost my dad, Bernie about a year ago, so i know how it feels. I'm hugging you.
Patrick O'Leary
January 21, 2012
such a legend. I am sorry for the loss of your father Joni. Namaste
karen french
January 21, 2012
Joni our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad, I had the pleasure of calling on him at Shelly Bros. for a number of years and having the odd chat with him at Tim Horton's when I was visiting in Saskatoon a few years back. He was a true gentalman.

Carmen Keller
Carmen Keller
January 20, 2012
Joni and family ... We are sorry to hear of your father's passing . Our sincere condolences to you and yours .
Our sympathy goes out to the rest of the family as well
Floyd & Jean Buck
January 20, 2012
Joni, We are sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Uncle Bill and Aunt Myrt were a warm addition to any family gathering, and we always found a friendly welcome on our way through Saskatoon. I remember he did the full eighteen holes at the last Family Golf Weekend, despite the very cold day. His letter in the Round Robin kept us up to date on his doings and yours. We will miss him.
Ron and Connie Conarroe (Keremeos, B.C.)
January 20, 2012
so sorry,Joni & family. He was a remarkable man. We will be in Saskatoon Sun. p.m. Maybe we can meet for dinner.Glad to see his obit in the Edmonton Journal.
Gordon & Beulah Anderson
January 20, 2012
Dear Joan My condolences on the loss of your Dad. Having lost my parents in the last two years I know what a difficult time this will be for you.. Thinking of you and past good times spent in our youth at your parent's home.
Darlene Aikman
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