…When the agony of death was over, when the storm of the world died away behind His retiring spirit, He entered the regions where there is only life.
William Robert Wilson “The Chief” of Calgary, passed away peacefully with the knowledge that he was loved on July 12, 2006 at the age of 74 years.
Bill was born in Calgary in 1932 and he spent his formative years in Bowness where his family is still well remembered and loved. After a stint of working out east, Bill started working in the Norman Wells Northwest Territories oilfield in 1952. In 1958, he married Muriel Clark. They were married for twenty-seven years and had three children who were all born and raised in Norman Wells. Life in the north suited Bill, he valued the simple pace of life and being able to know everybody. “Willy” started as a pipefitter and battery operator on Bear Island at a time when three men lived on site and trips into “town” occurred every three weeks. Through the years, he progressed to boilerhouse chief and finally to refinery foreman. Bill was involved with the Esso Fire Department for over twenty years and served as Director of the NWT Fire Fighters Association. He was a quiet man who spoke through his actions whether it be through buying an extra bedroom suite in September in anticipation of family visits at Christmas, investing in numerous Walt Disney movies for his grandchildren, or thoughtfully ensuring that all details of his life were in order so that his passage was made easier for his children. Repeatedly, he demonstrated the grace of turning the other cheek, of forgiveness, and of acceptance. Bill was a great animal lover and his dog Nikki took many flights out on IJR in his own passenger seat. He retired to Calgary in 1986 and became involved with the Bowness Seniors Society, which continues to involve his former schoolmates.
Bill is survived by his son Murray (Suzanne) of Vernon, BC; daughter Leslie of Yellowknife; three grandchildren Mitchell, Elise and Kelsey. He was predeceased by his wife of twenty-seven years Muriel; son David Clark and his parents Frank and Marjorie.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Monday, July 17, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th St. N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Bill Wilson a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W., CALGARY. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences