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SHACKLETON – William “Bill” Hayhurst

December 12, 1929 – October 12, 2010

William “Bill” Hayhurst Shackleton beloved husband of Audrey Rosalie and loving father of Billie-Jay, Debbie, and Bill Jr.

William, Bill, Sadie, U.B. (Uncle Bill) completed his life journey on October 12, 2010. His wife and best friend Audrey saw him off with his suitcase packed with endless love and wonderful memories. Bill began his journey on December 12, 1929 in South Euclid, Ohio and was raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He and Audrey moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1960 and then went on to Calgary in 1962 and for the rest of his life he was a “True Westerner”! The home Bill and Audrey built in the country was not just a place to live with their daughter BJ; it was a way of life. It was a menagerie of horses, cattle, sheep, ducks, dogs, cats and you name it. It was also a second home to many relatives and friends for get-togethers and sing-alongs. It was a truly happy place to be.

Bill also had an insatiable love for adventure travel. Whether it was exploring the Amazon River, trekking the jungles of Thailand, the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal or the Andes of Peru, it was ‘his thing”! Bill and Audrey (often with BJ) travelled to six continents and over forty countries and for periods of time, lived in Austria, Spain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

While Bill was never a religious man, he had a special creed that he lived by and that was helping others whenever he saw a need. This philosophy was foremost through all his life and the people he helped, family, friends, employees and even total strangers are too numerous to mention.

Besides his loving wife and children, he is survived by numerous family members. Aside from family, Bill had many special close friends including his three trekking buddies, Roger Mellor, Bas French and Gordon Meurin. This foursome had a wonderful, bonding relationship that lasted for years.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email or 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, The family would like to thank their doctor and close friend, Dr. Patrick Wong and the nursing staff on Unit 82 at the Rockyview Hospital. They would also like to thank Dr. Lau and Dr. Bosch of the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic for their extended care and understanding during Bill’s treatment.

In living memory of Bill Shackleton, 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. Marie-Ann Cunningham :

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

    Take care,
    Marie-Ann Cunningham

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  2. Howard & Norma Watts :

    Audrey and Family:

    We were sorry to hear of Bill’s passing on Tuesday, and want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We love you. Howard and Norma Watts.

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  3. Ron & Renie Hanson :

    Audrey & family:

    We would like to say how sorry we are to read about Bill’s passing.

    I am sure you will remember us. We are Sally & Gene’s Hanson’s son & daughter-in-law from Airdrie. I know you were great friends of Sally & Gene and they talked of you folk often.

    Our sincere condolences,

    Ron & Renie Hanson

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  4. Dr. Carol Winnick and Regina :

    Dear Audrey and Billie Jay,
    Deepest sympathy to you in your loss.
    He has solved life’s wonderful problem;
    The deepest, the strangest, the last;
    And into the school of angels;
    With the answer forever has passed.
    Dr. Carol Winnick, and Regina

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  5. Jack Brown and family :

    Audrey and family, You are in our thoughts today and always! Bill and Anna Lou must be having some great golf games together! We will stay in touch! Your friend always; Jack and family

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  6. Nan and Decker Stewart :

    I struggled for more than two days but could not find the appropriate words upon reading Bill’s obit in the Sunday Oct. 17 new paper. Nan wishes to send her most sincere regrets along with mine. We would also like to mention that granddaughter Sarah will never forget your presents from Spruce Meadows.

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  7. Dunc & Linda McKitrick :

    Dear Audrey & BJ
    We are sending you our sincerest condolences on Bill’s passing and are so sorry we weren’t able to attend the service. Our Whitefish family memories would not be complete without including stories of the Shackletons. Those long,hot,lazy summer days on the water, family golf tourneys and singsongs around the firepit with so many laughs and stories. The large gatherings at your condo with good food and interesting guests. We will always remember Bill as a person who circled himself with interesting people because he truly wanted to know them and their stories. Your trip to Olney always comes to mind. Please know we are thinking of you at this sad time. Dunc and Linda

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  8. Greg and Faye Lippitt and family :

    Dear Audrey and B.J.

    Greg and I remember all of you in our thoughts and prayers. You were just the best neighbors.
    I remember well the first time we met and I tossed the baby at you – nice introduction! The evening after the funeral I went up on our berm, overlooking the Farkas’ pasture and to the baying of coyotes, I saluted Bill with a cup of scotch. Yep, I yelled a “here’s to you Bill!” to that old moon and startled the cattle. I figured Bill would have liked to be remembered in a place that you all remember so well.
    We wish you love.
    Greg Faye and Family.

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