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PHYTHIAN, William (Bill) John

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 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,

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.

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  1. Mary MacFarlane-Sefton :

    Hi June and Jona,

    Janelle had let me know of Bill’s passing. I wanted to pass on my sympathy to you and your family. As someone said to me when my”Bill” was ill, “no matter how long you have with someone it is never long enough”.It is so true in my experience. Strength and courage to each of you through these days.
    Mary MacFarlane-Sefton

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  2. Neal and Barbara Weckworth :

    Bill was a beloved friend to many and a wonderful family man. He truly loved life and shared his joy with others. He will be missed.

    Please accept our condolences for your loss.

    Neal and Barbara Weckworth

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  3. Pam and I wish to offer our deepest condolence to June and the family. Bill was a joy to work for and with as well as the personal time I spent with the family. RIP Bill you will not be forgotten and I thank you for allowing to know you!
    Brian and Pam

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  4. Saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Have fond memories of working with him, learning the tricks of installing awnings and canopies for Calgary Tent many years ago when I was just a teenager. Still have a pair of his lovely hand carved walking sticks Bill gave my Dad and me when we visited with him in October 2006. Dad and Mom would have wanted to express their condolences.

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  5. Carmela and Orlando Russo :

    We were so saddened to here of your loss. We are sending you our deepest condolences. Mr. Phythian was a good friend, neighbour and a great boss. He will live on in our hearts forever.He will be missed by us all but remains with us forever.

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  6. Elaine Kostiuk :

    Dear June and Family, my thoughts are with all of you at this time. Cherish all the found memories you all had together. My best wishes to each and everyone of you.

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  7. David Martinuik & Linda Sharp :

    Mrs. Phythian, Jona, Cameron, Jeff and families,
    Our condolences on your loss. Mr. Phythian was an asset to this community, both in his leadership with the community association and his many years of work with kids’ sports. May he rest in peace.

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