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LESTER – William Henry (Bill)

November 29, 1921 – June 30, 2010

Great-grandfather, grandfather, father, husband, choirmaster for the junior and senior choirs, organist, church elder, cubmaster, war veteran, and lover of life; this loud, boisterous, outgoing friend to all passed away quietly and peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

Born in Wolverhampton England, Bill immigrated to Canada with the love of his life, Mavis, in 1955 bringing their young children Janet and Barry. The last survivor of a family of six brothers and sisters, Bill was predeceased by Mavis in 1997 leaving a huge hole in his life and his heart. Bill is survived by his daughters Jan Bacon and husband John; son Barry and his wife Shirley; as well as his grandchildren Patricia Loeb (Dan), Philip Bacon (Kristy), Geoff Lester (Karie-Ann), Andrew Lester (Jenn), Dave Lester, Robin Mercier (Alissa) and Suzanne Mercier; and by an astounding seven great-grandsons Peter Loeb, Morgan Loeb, Evan Lester, Cole Lester, Sean Lester, Ryan Lester and Quinn Lester; and one great-granddaughter Andrea Shepherd.

Bill devoted much of his volunteer time to Westminster United Church, now part of Living Spirit United Church and the family request that memorial tributes be sent to Living Spirit United Church (629 – 49 Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB T2S 1G6)

A Memorial Service for Bill will be held at Living Spirit United Church (629 – 49 Avenue S.W.) on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 11:00a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bill Lester, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Lorne Rabinovitch :

    Barry:
    I remember your dad at fun days at Terra Vista and other events…truly displayed described quality of “a lover of life”.
    Our sincerest condolences.

    Sharron and Lorne Rabinovitch.

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  2. Gerry and Slim Scharff :

    Jan – so sad to read about your father just two weeks after we were talking about him after healing touch. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and know that you will have a celebration of life for Bill at Living Spirits. Slim remembered Bill from coming into the Shell Service Station. Blessings and peace. Gerry & Slim

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  3. margaret green (pugh) :

    So sad to hear about Uncle Bill, we have great memories of Bill & Mavis when we first arrived in Calgary.
    Thinking of you all
    Margaret & David Pugh

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  4. Jo-Ann Neubert :

    On behalf of the Harrison family, I wish to offer our sincere & heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Bill was a truly special person and touched many lives with his charm and humour. What a wonderful legacy for your families he left. May God Bless you all with his comforting presence.

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  5. Janet & Barry Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He will have his good friend Norman to keep him company.

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  6. Harvey Olsen and Jeanne Lefebvre :

    Barry

    Harvey and I were sorry to hear of your father’s death. He sounded like quite a grand and wonderful gentleman. Now he can watch over the Lester clan from heaven. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Harvey and Jeanne

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  7. Bill & Rosalyn Schmidt :

    Bill was a rare, friendly and gentle man. I met him in the late sixties as a business colleague. He personified the enjoyment of life in a way that was infectious to those around him. Rosalyn and I send our sincere condolences to all his family at this difficult time for them. May his family remember Bill for all the good times they shared.

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  8. Tino and Robin DiManno :

    Barry.

    We were saddened to hear about the passing of your father. We know that you were very close to him and he will certainly be missed by you, Shirley and the rest of your family as well as the many people whose lives he touched.

    Our condolences,

    Tino and Robin.

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  9. Bruce and Gayle Simpson :

    Dave called this evening to let us know that “Grandpa Bill” had passed away. Bruce and I would like to offer our condolences and let you know that our thoughts are with you. I’ll always remember Bill and his “kisses”.
    With much sympathy. Gayle

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  10. Patti & Ken Gordon and family :

    Barry, Shirley, Geoff, Andrew, David and families,
    We are so saddened by the loss of Grampa Lester. He truly touched each person he met. He was so full of life. We always looked forward to seeing him each Terravista Fundays. He will be remembered by all.

    Our sincere condolences,
    The Gordon Family.

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  11. Barry & Shirley,

    Lynn and I were sad to hear about the passing of Barry’s father. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.

    John and Lynn Rust

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  12. Bill and Sandra Burwash :

    Bill was a neighbour for more than 20 years. Even after we moved from Glamorgan we often bumped into Bill at the Co-Op and he would share his good humour with us. We’ll miss you, Bill.
    Bill and Sandra Burwash

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