May 2, 1928 – September 11, 2014
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Bill Best, our deeply loved husband, father, and grandfather. Bill died peacefully at Chinook Care Center, Calgary, on September 11, 2014, surrounded by the love of his family. Bill’s passing is mourned by his wife, Dorothy and his children: Kay (Gordon), Susan (deceased) (Steve), Peter (Jocelyne) and James (Pam). He will be forever missed by his grandchildren Harry, Sophie, Colin, David, Tobiah, Madeleine and Meredith.
Bill was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and spent a happy childhood and youth fishing, golfing and riding his motorcycle through the beautiful Irish countryside. He played rugby with the North rugby club for many happy years. Dorothy and Bill were married on June 11, 1952 in Belfast where he began his professional career as a chartered accountant.
In 1957 Dorothy and Bill immigrated to Canada. After an adventurous ocean crossing their young family settled in Southern Ontario where Bill worked as an accountant and began his lifetime work as a management consultant. In 1977, Dorothy and Bill moved to Calgary where they have lived happily since.
Bill was a consummate professional management consultant, who served his clients with an intelligent and practical understanding of their needs and opportunities. Even after his retirement from EY in 1993 he continued to provide excellent advice and counsel to his many business colleagues.
Some of Bill’s happiest hours were those spent at their country home in Bragg Creek – “fixing” things, entertaining and being entertained, playing games, reading mystery novels, picnicking by the Elbow River, and investigating just how big a bonfire could be before it threatened the house. He was never happier than when cooking up a big meal on his wood stove – radio and drinks at hand.
Most importantly, Bill loved his family dearly. His 62 year marriage to Dorothy was filled with love, travel, adventure and happy family times. He was immensely proud of his children and how his love and family devotion continue on in the happy family lives his children and grandchildren enjoy.
Bill was predeceased by his beloved daughter Susan in 2009. We are certain that they are now enjoying a highly competitive game of Scrabble, gin and tonic in hand.
Our deepest thanks go to the thoughtful, skilled, and compassionate caregivers at Chinook Care Centre. Their support and compassion have helped immeasurably in the last few months. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to a charity of your choice.
Bill lives on in the hearts of those he touched, for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much. Slainte, Dad. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.Print This Obituary & Condolences