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MEEUWISSEN, Billy “Bill”

MEEUWISSEN, Billy “Bill” obituaries

August 9, 1956– Smithers, BC
March 7, 2014– Calgary, AB

How do we say goodbye
So much sooner than we planned
Being forced to let you go
When we just want to hold your hand
Every second, everyday
Your life flashes through our minds
So many precious memories
That to our hearts forever binds

With sad hearts we say farewell to the good man that was Bill, who went home peacefully on the evening of March 7, 2014.

The beloved husband of Leah and loving father of Cory, Eric, and Ryan, Bill will also be missed by his parents Adrian and Johanna Meeuwissen; sisters Irene Meeuwissen, Adri (Cameron) MacKay, Johanna Meeuwissen, and Antonette (Kent) Fisher; mother-in-law Enid Gardner; sisters-in-law Karen (Bruce) Marlow and Diane (Troy) Elvey; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father-in-law Bruce Gardner.

Bill grew up in Houston, BC and went to university in both Nelson, BC and Edmonton, AB. He moved to Calgary for his first engineering job where he met his wife Leah. Bill loved life. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed snowmobiling and playing hockey in the winter, hiking, fishing, boating and waterskiing in the summer. He loved puttering at his lakehouse in Moyie, BC, where he built his “Toy Box” for his toys. He always welcomed family and friends. In recent years, he and his wife Leah spent time travelling, often with friends and family. He worked hard and loved to play. Bill will be loved and remembered always.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Helping Families Handle Cancer Foundation, 125 – 8888 Country Hills Blvd. N.W. P.O. Box 91052 Royal Oak, Calgary, AB T3G 5T0, Telephone: (403) 984-9422, helpingfamilieshandlecancer.com.

A thousand times we needed you
A thousand times we cried
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died
A heart of gold stopped beating
Two twinkling eyes closed to rest
God broke our hearts to prove, he only took the best,
Never a day goes by that you’re not in our hearts

In living memory of Bill Meeuwissen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Greg and Lynn Wiebe :

    Eric,
    Greg and I are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Our condolences go out to you and your family. We hope that your good memories of your father carry you through this very difficult time.

    Lynn and Greg Wiebe

  2. My deepest sympathy goes out to Leah and Leah & Bill’s family. I knew Bill from the old Rio Alto days and I can only say that I thought he was great in every way. He was a family man first and foremost and you could always tell how much he loved his wife and children when he talked about them. He was a great friend to all he knew and he had the most integrity of anyone I ever met. He was loved by his many friends far and wide and he will be greatly missed in the future. To Leah & the boys – I hope you can take some comfort in the knowledge of how much support you have from Bill’s work family (old & new). Your friend always, Lynn Arris

  3. We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the Meeuwissen family.
    I first met Bill at Unocal Canada where we played some hockey together and also were in the same hockey pool which still exists today. I will always remember Bill as a “Gentle Giant”. He was always kind and respectful and a joy to be around. Our daughter Molly also baby sat the boys on occasion.

    Bill will be greatly missed as we have lost one of the “good ones”

    Sincerely;
    Jim and Jane Dunn

  4. Barry Olson & Terry Fullerton :

    With very heavy hearts we offer our most sincere condolences to Leah, Eric, Cory and Ryan and the entire family on the passing of our good friend and co-worker, Bill.

  5. Paul Neave and Ingrid Geppert :

    Leah, Cory, Eric and Ryan;
    Thanks for sharing Bill with the rest of us. He was a wonderful person, and it was a real privilege to have known Bill – both personally and professionally. Our heart-felt condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time.

    Paul & Ingrid

  6. Linda Schlegel :

    Dear Leah and Family,
    I was sorry to read about the passing of your beloved husband and father.
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
    {{{hugs}}}, Linda (former guardian to Deuce, Willow and Indy)

  7. Cheryl Lidfors :

    Dear Leah and family,
    I was so sad to hear of Bill’s passing and will always remember him fondly. It’s been several years since we were co-workers at Unocal. I’ve seen Bill only a few times since those days, but when I did, I found that he was still the same kind, enthusiastic guy that he always was.
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

  8. April Woodward :

    Dear Leah and Family,
    It is with saddness that I send my condolences to you all. I worked with Bill at Rio Alto and Monterey. He was always a happy, enthusiatic guy and will be greatly missed.
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

  9. Julie Gibson :

    Leah, I was deeply saddened to read of Bill’s passing.
    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and the boys.

  10. I wanted to pass along my condolences to the Meeuwissen family. I worked with Bill at Dominion and kept in contact with him over the years. Bill was simply genuine and one of the best people you could ever be fortunate enough to meet. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

  11. Kevin and Valerie Wiley :

    Our deepest condolences on Bill’s passing. I fished with Bill many times. He and Cam came out on a consistent basis with me and I spent some quality time with Bill. Great guy, greater loss.

  12. Mike and Cheryl Juzwishyn :

    Leah, Cory, Eric and Ryan,
    We were deeply saddened to learn about Bill’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Bill was a wonderful and sincere person who truly loved his family. Hold tight to your happy memories and those will help you carry on.
    Mike, Cheryl, Darnell, Kyla and Hilary

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