November 24, 1928 – Kenora, Ontario
March 24, 2015 – Grand Forks, British Columbia
Far from home, Bill Dixon passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
Bill was welcomed to the world in Kenora, Ontario, on November 24, 1928, by parents Thomas and Pearl Dixon and brother Maurice. He graduated from high school in Winnipeg and pursued four degrees at the universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Calgary to prepare him for often intertwined careers in United Church ministry, psychiatric social work, and his abiding passion, the arts.
To quote his artist’s statement; “Visual arts have been the continuing thread of my life. Other disciplines have been studied and experienced in other careers. I have pulpit-preached and people-pastored. I have organized community resources and comfort-counselled fearful souls, young and old. I have played on stage and sung in choirs. I have been an art educator and have opened unseeing eyes to the beauty around and within…I am most healthy, most alive, when I am creating a perfect world within the rectangle. The painting is free to travel when held within a frame. The most important painting is the next one.”
Bill has left to those closest to him, wife Sharon Carry, sons Jonathan Dixon and Peter Kintoff, and niece and nephew Linda and Darrell Kundrik, precious memories and a most marvelous collection of his paintings, capturing the spirit of Western Canada, his love of God, and his reverence for life.
There will be no memorial service. The family will convene at a later date on Vancouver Island to remember Bill in one of his cherished places. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bow Valley College Artstream Program, established by Bill and Sharon when they married, www.bowvalleycollege.ca/giving
In living memory of Bill Dixon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences