WILLIAM JOHN (Bill)
On the morning of August 27, just shy of his 60th wedding anniversary, Bill passed away in his sleep following a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife, Norma, his daughter Susan and her daughters Erin and Jenna and his daughter Lynn and her children Alyssa, Zachary and Griffin (Nicki). He goes to join his son Blair who passed away in 1984. He will be missed by all his family as well as a host of friends and acquaintances from his years in business and his involvement with a wide variety of community groups. Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 26, 1929. He, his wife and his three young children moved to Penticton in 1962 looking for a good place to raise their family and establish themselves in business. He opened Penticton Stationary in 1962 and thereafter he opened Okanagan Books. He was a well-regarded leader of the Downtown Business Association from 1962 to 1990 as well being a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the B.C. Booksellers Association and the Canadian Booksellers Association. He was also an active member of the Penticton Regional Hospital Board for many years and was a long-time member of KIWANIS. He was an extremely intelligent man who worked hard and long to make his businesses succeed and ensure his family’s happiness. Following his and wife Norma’s retirement, the two set off to explore shores near and far, including a cruise through the North Sea including a stop in St. Petersburg, Russia, a trip to Asia with adventures in China, Malaysia and Thailand and a wild adventure through Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. They rode elephants in Asia, camels in North Africa and cruised the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. And in the midst of that, Bill and Norma went RV-ing across much of Canada, the United States and Mexico but they always managed to keep in touch with friends with yearly visits to places like Bucerias, Mexico, and the Phoenix area in Arizona before returning to B.C. to check in on their children and grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, a loving father, an indulgent grandfather and an excellent friend, colleague, business person and community advocate. The family wishes to thank all of the personnel in Medical 3 South at Penticton Regional Hospital who took such good care of Bill at the end of his life, and Dr. Jack Kooy and his staff. There will be no service by his request.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers,
please consider making a donation to the
Penticton Regional Hospital Foundation.
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