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MUNFORD, William John

November 11, 1923 – London, Ontario
September 6, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with much love and sadness that we announce the passing of William John Munford on Saturday, September 6, 2014. He suffered a stroke and died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.

Bill was born in London, Ontario on November 11, 1923 to Agnes and Thomas Munford. In 1943, he joined the R.C.A.F. and served in Canada and England. He attended the University of Toronto and was awarded Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he began his lifelong career with Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1952, he met the love of his life, Enid Glauser, and they were married for 61 joyful years. Their union produced three beautiful daughters and Six Wonderful grandchildren: Barbara Stock (Chris) and children Melanie and Julie; Elizabeth Hamilton (Glenn) and children Iain and Eric and Alison Murray (Tom) and children Holly and Abby. He is also survived by his older brother Thomas (Barbara) of Toronto. He was predeceased by his younger brother Bob in 2011.

Career moves saw Bill in various departments in London, Montreal and Toronto where he retired as Assistant Vice President. Over the course of his retirement years, Bill found great pleasure by participating in the work of the Kiwanis Club of Islington and after moving to Calgary the Kiwanis Club of Calgary Foothills. Many friendships were forged during the Kiwanis years. He was a great example to his family in his work ethnic, his sense of fun and his great love of life.

A Celebration and Thanksgiving of Bill’s Life will be held at Southwood United Church (10609 Elbow Drive, SW) on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to his favorite charity, The Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111,

In living memory of Bill Munford, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. We love you and are thinking of you all during this difficult time. Sending hugs and prayers for Enid and the entire Munsford extended family. Wish we could be with you but we will celebrate Bill and all the memories we shared with him.

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  2. Tracy and Jamie Morton :

    Jamie and I want to let you know that we are thinking of your family. Alison I know how much you loved your Dad and what a gift your close and loving relationship was. Your parent’s thumb print looms large within you and I know it by your joy for life and infectious laugh…one of the happiest sounds in the world!!! Tom’s going to have to carry the handyman torch and hand that down to the next generation:) Big shoes to fill Tom, so sharpen those skills:)

    Love to you all as you celebrate your Dad’s life and legacy.

    Tracy and Jamie Morton

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  3. Enid and Family;

    I am very saddened to read of Bill’s passing. He was such a nice man and I enjoyed working for Bill & you in 2012. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time and if you need anything please call. My sincere condolences.

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  4. Enid and family,

    I certainly pass on my condolences to you and all your family. It is a long time ago that I worked for Bill in the industrial relations department in Montreal but I recall a few of your “management philosophies”. The most significant was “25 words or less” to explain something or request something:. The other was “lets just call Russ and get this set up.”. It was a loss when he left us for Toronto but I certainly followed his career and saw him on my travels. Too bad he never got his “fiberglass doors approved” but he still left a great legacy at CPR as well as in other endeavours.

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  5. Dirk and Cheryl Bannister :

    On behalf of Cheryl and myself, and the Western Canada District of Kiwanis International, I would like to express our condolences for the loss of a wonderful man and a great member of our organization. Bill held Kiwanis in high regard and we Kiwanians have lost a wonderful member of that family.

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  6. Mary Tod (Bingham) :

    Dear Enid and family,
    How well I remember being neighbours in Beaconsfield, babysitting for the girls and in later years seeing you at one or another of Mom and Dad’s parties. And then, of course, you and Bill were responsible for introducing Mom to Bernie who was such a great addition to our family. Just yesterday, Mom and I were clearing out photos and came across several of Bill. I remember his hearty laugh and great sense of humour and his zest for life. I know you will have so many wonderful memories to sustain you. Sending you sympathies and prayers in this time of sadness. Mary Tod (Bingham)

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  7. Connie and Charlie Pike :

    Dear Enid and family:

    Connie and I offer our heartfelt and sincere sympathy with the news of Bill’s passing. We saw his obit in yesterday’s Globe & Mail.
    It doesn’t seem like too many years ago that Charlie met Bill at a CP Eastern Region engineering meeting in Toronto shortly after we moved to ‘Schreiberia’ from Winnipeg – was it 1963? Tempus Fugit !! We were Division Engineers together and then Bill took on Marketing & Sales responsibilities and we only saw each other sporadically. Bill was an honest workman. Reliable, straightforward and without guile. A pleasure to be associated with in our business. Although we have not seen you Enid, for some years, you are still fresh in our memories.
    With all our moves across the country we have recently found we have now lived in ‘hassle free’ Peterborough for longer than anywhere else in our lives – including our home towns in Saskatchewan. C’est la vie !!
    Best wishes for your future ………… Connie and Charlie

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  8. Muriel Askin (Clarke) :

    My sincere sympathy to the family of Bill Munford, a fine man.
    – Muriel

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