April 12, 1960 – April 20, 2023
With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Bill, Billy or Whiz at his home in Winnipeg, MB at the age of 63.
He is predeceased by his parents Norman and Beatrice and his grandson Jacob. Left to cherish his memories are, his daughter Melissa (Daniel), son Dylan, grandchildren Liam and Penelope, sister Wendy Bartlett (Ted), brothers Pat (Cheryl), David, sister Donna Kreker (Ernie), numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Bill started his life in Treherne MB and at 10 years old his family settled North of town on the family farm. He played minor hockey growing up and then played for his beloved team The Treherne Barley Kings. After High School he became a certified Agricultural Mechanic. He worked for Metcalfe’s Garage in town and then went on to work with his friends on several pipelines throughout Alberta. He took some time out to work up North in Gillam MB on a hospital project. Eventually he settled back in Southern Manitoba. He lived in Lockport and then made his home in Selkirk where he began to raise his two children while working for Mandak Metal. Another career change led him to Winnipeg working at Litz Crane but eventually leaving again to work in several gold mines, one in the country of Kazakhstan and in Red Lake, Ontario. After suffering an injury at work in Red Lake, Bill took an early retirement. He moved back to Winnipeg and volunteered his time as a Handy Man for Winnipeg Harvest.
Bill made friends wherever he went. He had a quick wit and was always saying silly things to make people laugh. He had an old soul. He loved old cars, old fashion music, old pictures and he cherished his old friends.
An interment will take place in Treherne, MB on May 27th at 1pm at the Rossendale Cemetery with a celebration of life following at 2pm at the Delahunt Golf Course.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Harvest Manitoba 1085 Winnipeg Ave Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2.
Family and friends are invited to share memories and condolences on Bill’s memorial page by using the comment field below.