May 7, 1931 – Edmonton, Alberta
December 28, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta
PHYTHIAN, William (Bill), 82 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28.
He is survived by June, his loving wife of 59 years, daughter Jona Way (Marty), sons, Cameron (Crystal) and Jeff (Alicia). Bill’s greatest joy was in time spent with grandchildren, Mitchell (Huyen) and Calin (Carmen) Way, Navarre, Morgan, Carter and Spencer Phythian and great-granddaughter Abigail Way.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Bernice Phythian and sister, Viv House. He is also survived by a large circle of family and friends, in particular, lifelong friends Bill and Barb Kisby.
Bill was born in Edmonton and raised in Gleichen, Alberta. He moved to Calgary in the early 1950’s where he met June Ager. Bill and June were married in 1954. Bill worked driving taxi and on various construction jobs while training to become a member of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) in 1955. However, in 1957 Bill left the CPS to take a job at Calgary Tent & Awning Ltd. He and Les Thorne bought the company from Norm Birch in 1968. When Les retired in 1987, Bill bought Calgary Tent and ran the company until 1999 when he retired and the company was sold to Marty Way.
Bill’s volunteer involvement was just as varied. Shortly after marrying June in 1954, Bill’s accepted an invitation to assist with coaching Little-League baseball, for boys under twelve. What began as a short-term, helper role blossomed into an 18-year leadership adventure. Initially, he coached the Browns then later became coach of the Tigers, one year leading the Tigers into the playoffs. His assistants were Len Oakenfold and Ron Bryant. Bill held every position in the North Hill Little-League; from coach to President to Umpire-in-Chief and Commissioner.
When Bill left his baseball coaching avocation, he joined the Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club, so he could golf with his kids. Not surprisingly, when a volunteer was needed to run the junior boys golf programme, Bill was up to the challenge. Some teaching professionals, in the golf business today, were juniors during the five years that Bill ran the programme.
Bill was President of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) from October 1989 to October 1991. His election to President was the culmination of twelve years on the IFAI Board and, undoubtedly, leadership skills learned from decades of volunteer work. During Bill’s term as President the IFAI was actively expanding into international markets like Japan and Australia. Bill and June visited Australia in 1991 as representatives of the IFAI.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811, www.stars.ca.
In living memory of Bill Phythian, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences