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William Truman Kilbourne II

June 24, 1934, Washington D.C.
June 15, 2013, Calgary, AB

Updated 06/22/13 9:00am – Services will proceed as scheduled below:

My darling Willy passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Foothills Hospital, with Toony, Neil and myself, Judy, loving him until the end.

Before I tell you his history I need to say this man was everything to me, to his family, to his friends everywhere and to his community. He was brave, heroic, articulate, funny, sincere, had enormous integrity, passion and commitment of love and peace to all he knew. He listened; he responded; he understood; he was thoughtful and perceptive; he laughed. He advised, he shared, he loved everyone and they all knew it.

Above all, his family was most precious. His children Will, Thomas and Laura and their children were always present in his loving mind. As were Elizabeth (Toony) and Neil, Geoffrey and Marie-Jose and their fantastic beautiful children.

I experienced and knew a love beyond anything earthly. We shared a twenty- second hug every day that brought us comfort, peace and a deep penetrating love. We were truly blessed by God and his angels.

Born in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 1934, Bill’s family moved frequently but always provided him with an excellent education. He won a scholarship to Yale University (BA Economics ’56) from the US Navy and for 10 years he loved his days travelling and flying helicopters off aircraft carriers. Then another scholarship to University of Michigan Law School (LLB & J.D.) followed by an early career with Washington’s F.C.C., Superior Oil Company, McIntyre Porcupine Mines Ltd., Coleman Colliers (President) and finally Norcen Energy Resources Ltd. as VP, Legal, Secretary, Administration.

Numerous directorships ensued but his latter years were dedicated to the volunteer sector – as founding Chairman (1992) of the Esther Honens International Piano Competition, director of the Banff Centre, Calgary Homeless Foundation and most recently the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation as Vice Chairman. As a “Friend of the CPO” he, with others, have created an endowment of over $25 million for its future stability.

Beyond his love of community & family and loving network of friends from his years of constant caring, he was a treasure among men.

I will miss my Willy forever but his spirit will always be in my heart and my soul. Love you my darling Willy, Judy

UPDATED Funeral Services will be held at St. Laurence Anglican Church (5940 Lakeview Drive S.W.) on Saturday, June  22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If you so desire in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s memory may be made directly to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, St. Martins Anglican Church, Calgary Homeless Foundation or Esther Honens International Piano Competition.

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

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  1. Elizabeth Bauer :

    Words just cannot convey how I feel. While I loved him dearly as my uncle, I loved and admired the love he had for you Aunt Judy. What an amazing partner and role model, the most truly remarkable man and one of the true gentlemen in life. He was a prankster and you never knew what he might have up is sleeve, but it was all in good fun. When I was with him, no matter what the circumstances, we always had a chance to laugh. Our conversations were always genuine and he loved to ask me to think outside the box. He was the best and I will truly miss him with all my heart.

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  2. To my beloved Aunt and all of Bill’s family. This earth has lost a great man, now may he do his work from the Heaven’s. We love you and miss you.
    Kate XO

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  3. Diane Douglas :

    Dear Judy,
    You’ve written a beautiful tribute to a lovely man. Bill had that rare quality of truly responding to everyone he met. That sunshine smile of his will be missed. Your memories of it will sustain you for a long, long time.
    Our hearts are with you,
    Diane & David

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  4. Christine, Emilie & Brigitte Stewart :

    Dearest Judy: I was so sad to hear of Bill’s passing and very moved by your words about Bill. I truly admired Bill and always felt happy in his presence. He was so charming; I will never forget the twinkle in the eye and the warm voice that was so welcoming. Bill was truly a Renaissance man in the “old” style…cultured, passionate and a true gentleman.
    I like to think that Bill has met up with Charlie and that they are both sharing Anatapi stories, with a nice glass of wine. RIP. Love to you Judy. May the memories keep you strong. Christine

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  5. marion pennell :

    I Will always remember how Bill approached me, a stranger, at Ann’s home at a Honen’s concert; I had been told to come casual and I arrived WAY TOO CASUAL and he just chuckled when I told him how uncomfortable I felt and said I was dressed just fine. He really had a lot of class, a fine gentleman for sure. So sorry for your loss Judy. Marion

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  6. James Newman :

    Dear Judith,

    Louise and I just heard of your loss and send you our heartfelt sympathies and support. Although we can not be with you on Friday you know that we will be with you in spirit and sending you our love and strength. Bill was a special person with whom we had the opportunity to share great times over many years. He will be missed.
    Our thoughts are with you.

    Jim and Louise

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  7. David Anderson :

    Dear Judy,
    It was with deep sadness that I read of Bill’s passing today. I remember him from his time on the Children’s Festival board and then later when we worked on the Honens opening and closing ceremonies.
    My fondest memories of Bill surround his great sense of humour. Everytime I saw him at a function, I would tease him about the fact that he wasn’t wearing his lime green sports jacket. He used to say (tongue in cheek) that you wouldn’t let him wear it in public anymore. He’d laugh and then tease me back about what ever I was wearing.
    Bill was a great man. I know you’ll miss him very much and I’m very sorry for your loss. The arts community will miss him too. There weren’t many like him around and even less like him today. Class, humour, a real gentleman.
    All of us at the Children’s Festival send you our deepest condolences.

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  8. Valerie Mills-Milde :

    To Judy, Bill’s family and his many,many friends. I can’t tell you how sorry I was to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a remarkable person, so full of compassion, wisdom, lightness and love.

    Bill knew about forgiveness. He offered hope and optimism in the darkest times, and he saw the best in people. As a child, I spent some wonderful times with Bill. He helped me to understand the meaning of humanity in myself, and in the people I love. He remains an inspiration.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all,

    Valerie Mills-Milde

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  9. You have my sincere condolences.

    Mel Shannon

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  10. Marion Rogers :

    Dearest Judy, The world has lost one of it’s very best. A true giant of gentelmen with compassion beyond compare. He lit up a room when he entered and made one feel that we were the most important person in that room to him while chatting (after one of his wonderful hugs). You have written a most beautiful and heartfelt tribute for him Judy. I loved it, as I know Bill would have too. As I only learned of your loss a few minutes ago, I will wait until Friday when I see you to make contact as I know how busy you will be making arrangements now. But please know that I am here for you 24/7. Bill truly adored you Judy, and so deeply loved all of his family. He set such a wonderful example for us all in so many walks of his life. May God Bless you in your time of loss and give you strength. Rest in Peace dear Bill. We will miss you terrible but you left big footprints behind for us to remember you always. Much love, Marion

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  11. Paul Palmer :

    Dear Judy;
    I was deeply saddened to read in the Globe this morning of Bill’s untimely death. I cannot think of anyone who would so enthusiastically take on a new project or challenge, no matter how otherwise busy he was, in always such a cherful and positive manner as Bill did. Mary, Cathie, my daughter Heather and I all viewed Bill as a true and cherished friend and we always thoroughly enjoyed any and all associations with him. Everyone who met Bill had, I’m sure, the same reaction. He will be greatly missed by countless people from all the various walks of life in which he traveled. Please accept our deepest condolences.

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  12. Albert Knott :

    My so very sincere condolences and those of the entire membership of the Canadian Ski Patrol. I know that words are of little value at this time but please know we are all thinking about you and our prayers are with you and the family.
    Al Knott
    Canadian Ski Patrol

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  13. Mary P. Webster :

    To All of Bill’s Family,
    I have never enjoyed nor connected so directly with a man so professional and courteous as Bill. I will miss him dearly and send my deepest condolences to your family who will, I know, miss him every day. What a great loss for many and I will always abide by his high standards of conduct and respect and interest in everyone he encountered.
    Mary P. Webster

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  14. Ron Gathercole :

    Judy my deepest condolence to you and your family. Bill was a true gentleman and had the great ability to put one at ease the first time you met him. He was highly respected by everyone and was truly a part of the ski industry which you held so dear. I will be unable to be in Calgary on Friday but you will be in my thoughts.

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  15. On behalf of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada, the Calgary membership wish to express their sincere condolences to the family of Bill who was a Fellow of the Institute for many years.

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  16. Barry and Mary Thomas :

    Dear Judy,

    Barry joins me in sending our condolences to you and your family and Bill’s children. Our memories of Bill go back to his years in Toronto when we had many great times together in our old neighbourhood. Bill had a good sense of humour and was always a very thoughtful and sensitive person.

    It was impressive to read about all the contribution Bill made to the city of Calgary and he will be much missed. It’s wonderful that you had so many happy years together.

    Affectionately, Barry and Mary Thomas

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  17. Gloria Wilkinson :

    Oh Judy – how sad to lose Bill.
    My deepest sympathy.

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  18. debbie and leonard stone :

    we are saddened by the news. Knowing Bill was a highlight of our life in Calgary. RIP, Bill.

    Debbie and Leonard Stone

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  19. Colin Christensen :

    Judy and family, Bill and I had shared lunch just about a month ago. Had a beer and a good talk about alot of things, some business but mostly just interesting discussion on a variety of topics, which always resulted in some good laughs, as usual. My sincere condolences to you and all your family.
    Colin Christensen

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  20. Donna McKay Mills :

    My dear Judy,

    So saddened to learn of your darling
    Willy and my Willy the K’s passing.
    The 46 yrs. of skiing, sailing, working
    together and laughter will never fade
    from my prcious memories of a very
    special friend. My deepest love and
    prayers are with you today and always
    Judy…. Donnna

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  21. Ruzsvanszki Family :

    Dearest Judy and family,

    Seldom in ones life do we encounter an individual who impacts us in a manner that we feel blessed for knowing them. Bill was such a person. We consider ourselves privileged for having the fortunateness of friendship with Bill during the past 27 years. We will forever cherish Bill’s infectious smile, the amorous handshakes, the compassionate ear , the charitable heart and his unwavering commitment to enjoy life’s treasures, truly a munificent reward for his friendship.

    If we would all emulate Bills character, this world would be a much healthier place. The love, devotion, the understanding, amelioration, that Bill exuded are just glimmers of his attributes and being. A man who embraced the positive, was indifferent to adversity and welcomed tomorrow with a glow in his eyes.

    I am a better person for knowing William Truman Kilbourne, his presence will always stay within until our paths cross once again.

    Judy we can rest assure that Bill is smiling down upon us reaching out with his 20 second embrace.

    With all our love,
    Joseph, Cindy and Jorja

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  22. Al Bellstedt :

    Judy please accept Nancy and my sincere condolences over Bill’s passing. He was a terrific man and you and Calgary were lucky to have had him.

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  23. Debi Andrus :

    Dear Judith,
    It was always obvious that you shared a deep and abiding love and respect for each other. May time bring you peace as you remember those special moments you shared.

    My prays to you and your family at this time.
    Debi Andrus

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  24. Marilyn Conley :

    Dear Judy,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Bill was a terrific supporter of the Arts Community and Calgary. We owe so much to him and to you.

    I hope your wonderful memories will bring you peace.

    Very sincerely,
    Marilyn Conley
    Past President, Calgary Opera

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  25. Kathie and Fred Mallett :

    We were shocked and saddened to read of the death of an old friend, Bill Kilbourne. He was such a likeable man. Our families lived almost next door to each other on Doncliffe Drive in Toronto. Our hearts go out to you, Judy and to your children and to William, Laurie and Thomas. Sincere wishes to you all for strength and comfort.

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  26. Nancy Thomson :

    My dear Judy,

    Your very beautiful words about your ‘Willy’ touched me to the core. I read it with tears rolling down my face. Your deep love came through so powerfully. You will miss him terribly and my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time.

    I understand from my Laurie that the unbelievable flooding in Calgary did affect Bill’s Funeral. How sad, and how difficult for you and all the family. I feel that I know so many of that family – please do give them my love. And a very big hug to Thomas. He will understand why. I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for ‘little Tommy Kilbourne’. He was one of the big success stories in my life!!

    Do take care, Judy. If you ever feel the need to talk, or to come to Toronto and need a place to stay, please let me know. I am in a lovely condo at Kilgour Estate, just south of Sunnybrook Hospital … and I have a guest bed and bathroom. I would love to have a visit with you, but only when you are ready.

    My love to you,

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  27. Andrea Brussa :

    Dear Judy and your family,

    It was with great sadness I learned of the passing of Bill. He was a wonderful man and a great “Friend” of the Calgary Philharmonic, the community and myself as well as so many others. At our “Friends” meetings we could always rely on him to speak out, with great insight and wisdom, the truth of whatever issue we were discussing. I grew tremendously fond of him and will miss his humour, his intelligent discourse and his guidance as to how to effect commitment and change for this great city . He was truly an inspiration for so many of us who hoped to follow in his brave footsteps in support of our city and country. His passing is a great loss for all, but his legacy, his kindness and generousity and his practical and intellectual gifts, will live on forever. There is comfort in that. Love to you all, Andrea Brussa

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  28. William Kilbourne June 15, 2013

    Dear Judy,
    Heard the sad news of Bill’s passing through my sister in Calgary. My heart goes out to you and your family. He was a wonderful man and, as you know, Rod thought the world of him through their many exploits together.
    Your many fabulous memories of the time you had together will help you to deal with this sorrowful time.
    My thoughts are with you,
    Joan Hislop

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  29. Kerri and Jim Avery :

    Dear Judy and your extended wonderful families, Such a team you two were together….witty and fun, and full of love and a gentle humble spirit. This was always carried about throughout your love…Bill will be missed by many, but for sure by you the most, your love was well spoken, and we send our heartfelt sympathy at this time….. Kerri and Jim Avery

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  30. Cheryl Cohen :

    Dear Judy,

    I was so sorry and sad to hear about Bill. He was a lovely gentleman and made a tremendous contribution to the city of Calgary and the Arts. I will miss him! My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  31. Dear Judy

    My sincere condolences.


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