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DAWSON – William Frank

July 29, 1936 – April 22, 2011

 

William Dawson, beloved husband of Gaynor Dawson of Cochrane, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the age of 74 years.

William, known as Willie, Will or Bill to his family and friends, was born in Hanna, AB on July 29, 1936 and lived in Calgary throughout most of his childhood before moving to Victoria, BC where he completed high school at St. Louis College and attended the University of Victoria. While a student in Victoria, Bill discovered rugby, a sport that would become a lifelong passion. Bill returned to Calgary in 1957 to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry and to introduce the sport of rugby to Calgarians by co-founding the Rams Rugby Club. He enjoyed a long and successful career eventually retiring to Cochrane where he pursued a new passion – a love of art and painting. He developed his talent over several years and joined both the Cochrane and Foothills Art Clubs. His paintings grace the walls of homes near and far. Bill loved everything about the place where he lived; the rolling hay fields, majestic mountains and the view of the Bow River from his painting studio. A consummate family man, Bill raised four children and encouraged their talents in many domains and for the past twenty-five years has been important in the lives of Gaynor’s children and their families.  Bill is survived by the love of his life, Gaynor; his four children, Leah (David Horne), Wayne, Greg (Michelle), Dean (Kay); as well as Kirk Chace (Diane), Kevin Chace (Pam), and Kerry Chace. He was adored as “Papa” “Gramps”and “G’Pa” by thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his siblings, Lucille Richardson (Garry), Verona Gladstone (Phillip), and John Dawson (Heather) as well as his nieces and nephews with whom he spent numerous happy times.  Bill was predeceased by his parents James and Mary Dawson.  Bill will be lovingly remembered by countless special friends – he truly made room for people in his life. He was a man of deep faith and indeed his faith carried him through the dark days as he battled brain cancer for over sixteen years. The family is grateful for the spiritual support of Reverend Greg Clark of All Saints Anglican Parish in Cochrane. We are also grateful for the support of Dr. Eleanor Foster, Pauline Yaremchuck and the Cochrane Palliative Home Care team and the Agape Hospice for the comfort and peace they provided for Bill and family.

A memorial corner of art and books is to be established in the Cochrane Library in Bill’s name. Any donations should be sent to the Cochrane Art Club Memorial Library Fund and mailed to Cochrane Art Club, Box 683, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1A8.

Funeral Services will be held at All Saints Anglican Church (404 – 4 Avenue North, Cochrane) on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET  TELEPHONE:  (403) 932-4740.

 

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  1. I feel very privileged to have known Bill. He was a true “gentle” man and inspired many with his outlook on life.

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  2. Kyla McGillis :

    To the family of Bill Dawson,

    My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to your family. I met Bill only a few times in 2009 when planning the Rams Rugby 50th Anniversary Weekend. Bill left me with a lasting impression and I was so sad to hear of his passing.

    His old club sweater from the early days of the Rams is now hanging in my closet, thanks to his generosity. I remember the excitement I felt when he passed it over to me to share with the next generations of club members and was so proud to be its new owner.

    Take care of each other during this hard time.

    Sincerely,
    Kyla McGillis

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  3. Harold McClelland :

    Our entire family is very saddened by Bill’s passing, having known him since 1960; he was just a great person.
    Our deepest sympathy to all.
    Harold & Thelma McClelland

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  4. Len and Sally Hall :

    It was our pleasure to know Bill and enjoy his company on so many occasions. We are fortunate to have some of his art work as it will provide a continous reminder of him.

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  5. Barb & Ed Jans :

    Dear Gaynor and Bill’s Family,

    It is with great sadness that we heard of Bill’s passing. Our love and thoughts are with you all. We hold dear our many memories from the drafting days at Field Title Service and Bill’s time with us at Exploration Mapping. He was a great person.

    Our deepest sympathy to you all,
    Barb & Ed Jans

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  6. Bruce and Marilyn Marshall :

    Gaynor and Family
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of a dear husband,father and friend – Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you honour him this day for his great contributions, his beautiful heart and his zest for life. Blessings to each of you. Marilyn and Bruce Marshall

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  7. Kevin and Janet Richardson :

    We are thinking of you all at this time of sorrow. We loved our Uncle Willie and he will always be fondly and lovingly remembered by our family and every time we look at one of his wonderful paintings. Thank you for sharing his life and his art with us. We love you all, Janet, Kevin, Nick & Megan, and Jeff Richardson.

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  8. Harold and Betty Allsopp :

    Dear Gaynor,

    We were so very saddened to read of Bill’s passing.

    We will always remember his wonderful sense of humor, his great zest for life and the fun we shared on our travels to Africa and beyond.

    Thanks for the memories Bill.

    Our deepest sympathy to you Gaynor and all your family at this sad and lonely time.

    Harold and Betty Allsopp

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  9. Joanne Hempel :

    Dear Gaynor and family,
    My most sincere condolences at the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Although I did not have the privilege of meeting Bill, I have heard about him through Leah for over 30 years. She spoke of her father with the utmost admiration and respect. May God comfort you during this time of loss and transition. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely, Joanne and Kevin Hempel

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  10. Meyer Family of Stanmore AB :

    Martin, Helen, William (Willie, Bill) and Theresa, send our sympathy and prayers for dear friend Willie that we knew when we were young. I may not be able to come to the funeral, but would like to say how sorry for Lucille, Verona and John in their loss.
    With loving prayers
    Helen Beckie (Meyer)

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  11. Angela Cantwell :

    As the current president of the Calgary Rams Rugby Club, please accept my most sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. It was a pleasure to meet Bill during the summer of 2009 while planning and attending the Rams 50th Anniversary. His stories of the early years were great pieces of history to pass along to current and future members of the club. We are honoured to have Bill as a founding member, Once a Ram – Always a Ram. Rest in peace Bill. To Bill’s family, you remain in our hearts and thoughts during your time of loss.
    Angela

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  12. Gordon Bassett :

    Fond memories of school days in Victoria. God rest you, Will.

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  13. Irene & Jim Over :

    Dear Gaynor & Family,
    Bill was truly one of Jim’s GENTLE man friends. He was a fun guy & not so gentle when it came to competitive games!!! I so enjoyed my time at aquasize class with Dena’s instructions to the ladies & Bill, too. I keep looking over my shoulder, Bill in the pool. We surely miss you. Say Hi! to Meryle when you see her. Love & Caring, Irene & Jim

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  14. Norm & Doreen Brisbin :

    We are deeply saddened by Bill’s passing. He was a great friend to so many and his cheerful manner and wonderful smile said it all. He will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers go out to you Gaynor and your family.
    Norm & Doreen

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  15. Julie Cunningham :

    I feel blessed to have known Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  16. Gladstone Family :

    Uncle Willie was truly one of the best. We will always remember him as being kind, generous, and always happy to see us and to hear about what we had been doing. Our memories of Uncle Willie go back to some of the very first memories we have as young children. We would be so excited to see him, Leah, Wayne, Greg, and Dean when we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa’s. We always had so much fun on those visits.

    Uncle Willie was a great influence on our lives. He taught us how to ski, brought us to the Calgary Stampede, to rugby games, to football games, to hockey games, even to Stampede Wrestling…and he fed us scrambled cheese eggs every chance he could.

    Each of us have Uncle Willie’s paintings hanging in our homes. We will always cherish them for ourselves and we are proud to tell others about one of our favourite artists, our Uncle Willie.

    Uncle Willie, thank you for everything you did for us, we were so lucky to have you as an uncle.

    We will always remember you.

    Love,

    Norina, Wally, Kelsey, Kostan,
    Ernie, Jen, Eli, Jonah, Marika,
    Brian, Karen, Pyper

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  17. Mary Nelson :

    Remembering Bill as my friend’s husband and best friend makes me smile. His gentle humour, his joy in sharing his love of art, and his tenacious love of life brought joy to everyone around him. His chuckle elicited laughter and he will be missed. My prayers go to his family, friends and Gaynor.

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  18. mark shenfield :

    Hi Gaynor Sorry about Bill I will always remember Bill, amongst other things his glowing smile. The face on the notice says it all. The funeral service and tributes were heartfelt and warm. Sorry I didn’t get to see or speak to anyone, but had a two o’clock appointment. Hello to Wayne, Greg, Dean, Leah, Kirk, Kevin, Kerry

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  19. Linda Fox-Mellway :

    Dear Gaynor:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family on Billy’s passing.

    Regards
    Linda Fox-Mellway

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  20. Laura & Richard Jadlowski :

    Gaynor and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy. Bill will be missed but never forgotten.

    Laura & Richard Jadlowski

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