It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Lawrence Roberts, July 7, 2012, at the Cascade Hospice, Chilliwack. With family by at his side Bill peacefully joined his wife Marge.
Born is Balgone, Saskatchewan December 23, 1921 to George and Margaret Roberts, Bill was the youngest of 9 children. He was predeceased by his wife Marjory (Marge) in 2003 and by his parents and siblings.
Bill was a Korean veteran serving with the Canadian Army (RCE). Following his retirement from military service, in 1966, he enjoyed a career in Real Estate and owned and operated “Bill’s Sharp Shop”. Respected for his skill he was equally respected for his honesty and his integrity.
After he retired he and his wife, Marge, and their dog Freeway, spent happy times exploring B.C. in their camper, their favourite spot being Moncks Park at Nicola Lake. They enjoyed trips to Mexico, the Cooke Islands and travelled across Canada.
Bill was a member of Chilliwack Kiwanis and served as President of Kiwanis Golden K.
Always a collector, and lover of antiques, at the age of 80 Bill developed a love of small antique collectibles, in particular pocket watches. A life long learner, he became an expert on each watch in his collection and enjoyed sharing the stories of their acquisition and history.
Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was loved by all and his quick wit and gregarious nature will be missed.
Left to mourn his passing, but celebrate his life are his daughters Joanne Roberts Gleig and Jan (Bob) Ranger of Chilliwack. grandchildren, Jeff (Tea) Ranger of Burnaby, Jason Gleig of Victoria and Jennifer (Chad) Anderson of New Westminster, great grandchildren Beth and Brodie Anderson, Genna Buechner and Margot Berner, and good friend Delphine Benjamin.
Honouring Bill’s request, there will be no service but private remembrance celebration will take place at a later date.
Dr. Paul Basson was Dad’s physician for many years.
The family extends heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude to Palliative Care Team members Kim Giesbrecht, R.N., C.R.N., and Dr. Ron Bull, Palliative Physician. Their quick and compassionate response to our call, will forever be appreciated. Dad’s timely admission to the Cascade Hospice assured that his last weeks were spent as he chose. Thanks also to the Nursing Staff, Support Staff and Volunteers of the Cascade Hospice. The kindness and compassion shown to Dad and to the family will long be remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in Dad’s name, to the Cascade Hospice.
“The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on”.
Breathe easy Dad. Good bye Cashew Grampa.