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OUTHWAITE – William (Bill) George

July 12, 1920 – August 12, 2010

William (Bill) George Outhwaite of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the age of 90 years.

Bill was born July 12, 1920 in Oxbow, SK; where he lived, went to school and worked on the family farm until he enlisted with the South Saskatchewan Regiment on October 11, 1939. In June of 1940 he was shipped overseas to begin training which took place in England and Scotland. Bill excelled in the army soon achieving the rank of Sergeant Major. Bill saw action through Europe including, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. A brave and decorated soldier he was awarded a Certificate of Merit for outstanding service by Field Marshall B.L. Montgomery. Bill was honourably discharged from the service in September 1945.

Bill’s greatest wartime achievement was meeting and marrying the love of his life and bride for sixty nine years, Winifred (Peggy) Alice Baker. The two met at a dance, winning the “spot dance” the first night, and following their courtship they were married by the South Saskatchewan Regimental Padre in St. Mary’s Anglican Church, London,England on August 17, 1941.

Peggy returned to Canada first, as most war brides did, arriving in Oxbow to be greeted by Bill’s parents Robert and Beatrice in the horse and buggy. Peggy eventually overcame her “culture” shock, fitting in with the small community. When Bill returned to Oxbow they jointly owned and operated a café. In 1947 they ventured to the bright lights of Estevan purchasing a bowling alley and pool Hall. As budding entrepreneurs they added a variety store plus a furniture and appliance store to their holdings.

As the family started to grow Bill sold off his businesses which led to him becoming the manager for the local Simpson Sears store – newly opened in what was once the furniture and appliance store. Bill was very active in Estevan, Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, Past First Principal of the Royal Arch Chapter, active member of the United Church, Past President of the Oxbow Legion, Charter President of the Estevan Lions, Past President of the Chamber of Commerce plus member of both the city council and school boards for Estevan. He partnered in other business ventures and was an avid fan and supporter of the Estevan Bruins Hockey Club.

Sears transferred Bill to Regina in 1968 then to Calgary in 1970 – he retired from Sears in 1981. Bill and Peggy enjoyed many years of travel together visiting Asia (twice) England (several times) plus Greece and a few other “side trips”. Palm Desert was their winter home for many years where they enjoyed the company of good friends while basking in the sun.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Robert and Beatrice; his three brothers Jim, Jack and Don; plus his niece Dawn Adele Outhwaite and nephew Don Outhwaite.

Bill is survived by his children Sharron (Outhwaite) and Wilf Cartier- Ocean Falls, BC, Linda (Outhwaite) and Jeff Francottie- Calgary, AB, Bob and Debbie – Calgary, AB, Bill and Anne – White Rock, BC, Susan (Outhwaite) and Ron Dahl – Calgary, AB; two sisters; Marion Drackett of Sorrento, BC and Doreen (Ron) Pierce of Calgary, AB. Grandchildren Rodd and (Elizabeth Lujan) Cruikshank, Craig and (Thao Buyia) Cruikshank, Brad and Jami Cruikshank, Amy (Outhwaite) and Troy Taddeo, Rebecca Miller, Jessica Outhwaite, Melissa (Outhwaite)and Trevor Krauss, Michelle Dahl, Brody Outhwaite, Sarah Miller, Kristy Dahl and Brett Dahl plus three great grandchildren Coeden, Aiker and Jacqueline; as well as several nieces and nephews in Canada, USA and Europe.

A father and friend Bill will be missed by many. In honour of Peggy, who suffers with advanced Alzheimer’s, if friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com .

Dad liked to end his day with a little prayer.

Prayer for Protection
The light of God surrounds me:
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me;
Wherever I am, God is!
And ALL IS WELL

A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W. Calgary, AB T3A 1V7). You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com .

In living memory of Bill Outhwaite, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Charlie Cahill Ottawa Ontario :

    I am quite shocked to hear of Bill’s passing. Some years ago we became friends through visits to Palm Desert and Thousand Palms. Over the years we stayed in touch through the computer sharing jokes and thoughts as well as updates on his loving care for Peggy.
    I am very sad to receive this news and I offer most sincere sympathy and prayers for a great man and a heartfelt hug to his entire family.
    Rest in Peace Bill. Hugs.
    Charlie

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  2. Ardeth, Brian, Meaghan & Davis Cooper :

    Sooz, Ron, Michelle, Kristy & Brett. So sorry to hear about the passing of Bill.

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  3. May you all take joy in knowing that your dad touched our lives in such a loving and profound way. Bill was the best friend of my father, Earl Banford. The summers we spent living next to you all are the most special of memories. How lucky we all were to experience the carefree living two months a year. We feel saddened that both our dads are gone but I am also comforted to imagine that two old friends might once again be togther. May you all be blessed with wonderful memories and comforted in the knowledge that your father’s time on Earth was rich in love, family and friends. You are loved and we are honored to call you friends. Gail Banford and Family.

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  4. Concepcion Family :

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    From: May, Michael and the kids

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  5. Bill was a great man who touched so many lives in a great way. I have such wonderful memories of a friendly man who ALWAYS had time for me.

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  6. He was a great man who touched so many lives in a great way! I have such memories of a friendly guy always with TIME for me!

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  7. Brenda van der Veen :

    I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing… I knew Bill from The Manor Village at Rocky Ridge, and he inspired me so often with his devotion to Peggy, his sense of humour, his caring for others, and even for his “bladder being too close to his eyes”! I was blessed by his friendship and will always cherish his memory. Bill touched many people in his life. He will be missed.

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  8. Sue and Rob Depoe :

    We did not know Bill very long or that well but he made a wonderful impression on us. A loving man with a sparkle in his eyes and a happy soul. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to his family and many friends.

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  9. Jim and Rhonda O'Rourke :

    It’s been and honour and a privilege to know someone as special as Bill. From his quick wit and irresistable charm, to his boundless energy and love of people. Bill was truly one of a kind.

    Farewell to a wonderful man. He will be missed.

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  10. Lyn and Mary price, Estevan sk. :

    When we first came to Canada in 1966 I (Mary) talked to Bill re work in Estevan,. He said ‘If you came to work for Sears the pay wouldn’t be that great but the Manager is oustanding’ or words to that effect. I didn’t work for Sears but after retirement when we spent winters in Palm Springs , some one told us wheer Bill and Peggy stayed so we drove there to see if we could find them. We asked a man in Tri Palms Park if he knew Bill Outhwaite and he repied “Everyone knows Bill” We enjoyed visiting with them, although Peggy was even then not too well, but Bill was devoted to her and we admired him immensely. He was also a very ‘fun guy” He was also so proud to tell us the story of his Lexus.
    Sincere Sympathy to the whole family We remmember him with affection and a smile.
    Lyn and Mary Price

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  11. Ron & Cleone Jeffery & family :

    With heavy hearts we say good bye to our good buddy Bill, but with a multitude of wonderful memories that bring tears & smiles & warm feelings of times past, & our love & hugs to all the family..The Jeffery’s

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  12. Marilyn Wilson (Brooks) :

    I grew up as a neighbour of Bill & Peggy in Estevan. Sharron and I were the best of friends. Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Sharron. Our Parents had great times playing cards etc. while neighbours in Estevan

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  13. Bill and Dolyce Brown :

    Very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great guy – a true friend, and a co-worker beyond compare.
    Bill and I first met on June 15, 1954 at the Prince Albert Simpsons-Sears store opening. Bill was the trainer and I was the trainee appliance salesman. We quickly became firm friends and remained so, sharing in many Company ventures, and on the side, escapades throughout our Simpsons-Sears years of service.
    Bill was first of all a family man, and he and Peg raised a fine family who have all been successful and contributed greatly to the Canadian fabric.
    Bill and Peg were always close friends and we enjoyed many social occasions with them, including a trip to Tahiti – a story in itself, plus many visits to their home and lake cottage.
    Bill and Peg are firmly entrenched in our minds forever.

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  14. Jacquelyn Bristow :

    My heart and condolences to your family.
    Jackie Bristow

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  15. Stephanie Kratchmer :

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He certainly was an impressive man based on what is written of him in the obituary.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Steph Kratchmer

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  16. Susan Tumback (Drackett) :

    Sharron, Linda, Susan, Bill, Bob & families,

    My deepest sympathy for your loss.

    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
    ~Author Unknown

    It will be your fondest memories that will bring each of you peace and comfort in the days and years to come. Love and hugs to you all, Susan.

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  17. Don & Linda Corbett :

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

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  18. Thomas Cundall :

    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your loved one. Dad (Tom Cundall) always talked highly of “Bill” who was Dad’s Sergeant in England (l940-41) when they served with the South Saskatchewan Regiment in WW11. In the past few years Dad was able to visit with Bill twice in Calgary renewing old friendships and war stories. Dad treasured these visits. Dad sends his love to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Tom Cundall and family

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  19. Monika Hoffman-Turner :

    I’m very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing, today. I came to meet Bill, or better said, Bill came to meet me during my first few days working at the Manor at Rocky Ridge where he quickly took me under his protective wing, reminding me very much of my dad of similar character who passed several years ago; also named, Bill. Always smiling, considerate of others, the first to assist and offer help with genuine compassion for others with sincere kindness and affection, Bill was a remarkable person with a great love he freely extended towards others. His devotion and love was openly expressed each and every day and felt very deeply for his dearest Peggy, his children, his grandchildren, and extended family members that he truly loved beyond words. Bill was unique in all the best ways possible. His kind words, gentle humour, devotion, friendship, strong spirit and laughter resonate within all of us whose lives he touched in so many beautiful and special ways. He made each day a good day. I feel he smiles gently upon all of us, perhaps mentoring us still.
    When I was a young girl a beloved family member gave me a plate. At the time, I didn’t comprehend the significance or strength of the words written upon it. Over the years I would periodically read the words of this plate hung on my wall and find comfort or feel some kind of direction provided from them. Now I will also think of Bill. As he held these words dear, also, I hope the sharing of them provides some comfort at this time.

    The Serenity Prayer

    God grant me the Serenity
    to accept the things
    I cannot change,
    Courage to change
    the things I can
    And Wisdom to know
    the difference.

    May God bless,
    Monika and family

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  20. the Bellis Family :

    Bob Deb and family, Susan Ron and family,

    Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your Dad. We’re happy you were able to enjoy life with a great guy and can celebrate the joy of those times.

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  21. Patricia Enright :

    We met Bill when my mother came to live at the Manor last April. His sparkling personality and friendliness made us feel so welcome. Although we only knew him a brief time we will never forget that joyous smile. A light has gone out at the Manor. My mother Leila and I miss him

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  22. Bill was a good man who I enjoyed having coffee with each Sunday morning at Varsity. He always had a smile on his face and an infectious laugh. I have missed him at Varsity. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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  23. Our condolences to you and your family, Bob and Debbie.

    Janet & Gord Little

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  24. To all of Bill’s family,
    My husband and I knew your father through the The Manor at Rocky Ridge~both my parents, Jimmy & Joan Clark and my husband’s mother Elsie Kromm knew your father well and enjoyed his company immensely. He was one of the guys that kept the whole dining room entertained nightly~there was always lots of laughter from his table. Whenever we met him in the lobby we always got the “Welcome to The Manor, the home with a heart!” from him. He was an inspiration to others with his constant positive outlook on life. He will be very much missed.
    Lori & Jim Kromm

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  25. My sincere condolences to the family. He was a good friend and a true gentleman and a very good guy.
    Jim Norrie

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  26. To Debbie and Bob Outhwaite:

    So sorry to hear about your father’s passing, Bob. I will see you at the Celebration on September 11, 2010.

    Angela DaSilva

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  27. Allan and Noella Stordy :

    Bob and Debbie, we were saddened to hear of the passing of your father. We were fortunate to have met him on a few occasions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  28. Our condolences to Bill’s family. He was a wonderful man and we will miss seeing and chatting with him at the lodge.

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  29. Brent and Danna Gogol :

    To the entire Outhwaite clan please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Bill Sr. Not only did he bring a smile to the face of all who met him but he was instrumental in helping me out with dealing with our mothers ordeal with Alzheimers. His obvious devotion to Peggy and your whole family will always be an inspiration to us. The Gogol’s

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  30. Randy and Lorna Beebe :

    Very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing and we send our sincere sympathy to the family. Only briefly got to know Bill, but did not take long to understand he was a special fellow and a genuine gentlemen. We know he will be missed by all those he has touched with his life.

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