Alexander Willis

Willis

Alexander C.

March 20, 1918 – July 19, 2015

It is with profound sadness and deep appreciation for an extraordinary life well lived that we say our final goodbyes to our dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Dr. Alexander C. Willis was a man who inspired all whose lives he touched with his wisdom, insight, compassion and his great generosity. He was a natural visionary and pioneer in all his endeavors. He began his career as a teacher in rural Alberta where he taught for two years. Alex then headed to Waterloo, Ontario to embark on his degree in Optometry. After graduation, Alex set up his practice of Optometry in Edmonton, Alberta. There he became a lifetime member of the Optimists Club, receiving honors for his participation in addition to being active with the Al Azhar Shriners. He became a certified hypnotherapist breaking new ground in applications and techniques in his Optometric practice and therapy work. Alex was a man that loved watching and participating in sports, particularly tennis and curling. After retirement, he pursued his love of tennis and became a certified tennis pro. He was instrumental in establishing the Kaleden Tennis Club and taught many people the love of the game through group and private lessons. His compassion was demonstrated by volunteering for the crisis centre and helping many private clients over the years with his therapy. He taught stress workshops at the Okanagan College in addition to writing three books that have helped many people with life challenges. It was also a joy for him to act in several plays with the Kaleden Theatre Group, partake in singing lessons and performances with great enthusiasm. His love of music inspired him to write many beautiful songs on his keyboard and he could always be heard whistling. In Penticton he was an active volunteer for many years with Ironman and The Seniors Games. He toured in a motorhome throughout Mexico with his wife Kirsten for two years and made many lifelong friends. He loved animals and his pets were always by his side. He was a wise man that shared his gifts with the world and was an inspiration to all whose lives he touched. Left to miss him dearly are his wife, Kirsten Willis, daughters; Corinne Willis (Dale King-Hunter), Jeri-Ann Willis (John Black), Joanne Bell (John Bell), Susan Jepsen (Murray Steen) and Lisa Jepsen, in addition to many loving Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations can be made

to the SPCA in Alex’s name.

No service by request.


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