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HOUSTON, William (Bill) Francis

Posted By Obits On April 15, 2018 @ 12:48 PM In Chapel Of The Bells Obituaries,Obituary | 10 Comments

July 1, 1942 – Lethbridge, Alberta
April 12, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Bill Houston of Calgary, passed away on April 12, 2018 at the age of 75 years.

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of William “Bill” Houston. Papa Bill, to those who had the good fortune of knowing him, was authentically honest, genuinely humble and truly altruistic.

He was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, but at a young age, his family moved to Calgary. With his parents, brothers Bob and Frank and sister Carol, he lived his early years in West Mount Pleasant. Bill had 2 careers — he was a draftsman for Union Oil and then the helpful, friendly face at Chesney Home Hardware. Upon retirement, Papa Bill focused his attention on improving his golf game and enjoyed watching his legacy grow through his expanding family of grandchildren. You could find Papa Bill watching dance recitals and in the stands at soccer, hockey or baseball games. He adored his family and his family truly adored him.

He is survived by his sons Blair (Amy Kramer) and Trevor (Martine Audet) and his 6 grandchildren Nicci, Jackson, Marley, True, Shiloh and Case. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 42 years, Tilly and parents (William and Gladys).

The family is encouraging friends to join them at the Winston Golf Club (formally the Elks) to celebrate Papa Bill’s life on Friday, April 20, 2018 between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids, 310, 223 12th Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB T2R 0G9, Tel; 403-264-7979; https://bb4ck.org/donate-now/ or STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7, Tel; 403-295-181; www.stars.ca, as Bill loved his community, friends and helping whomever he encountered. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bill Houston, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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Condolence from Daughter on April 17th, 2018 12:28 PM

Papa – Dad – you were the BEST of the BEST and we Love you so much!
I can’t describe how much we miss you.
I almost dialed your number yesterday and I realized I couldn’t and that breaks my heart. I miss talking to you and seeing you and making plans for dinners and movies and golfing with the kids.
Be prepared to hear me talk to you everyday….
We know you had a wonderful life and just wish we could have one more day with you – Love you, Miss you, THANK YOU for being the sweetest to us all

Condolence from Carla and Scott Muhlbeier on April 17th, 2018 3:44 PM

My deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you all

Condolence from Mandy on April 17th, 2018 4:49 PM

We’ve seen him so many times at so many rinks watching your boy play hockey.. since they were just tiny skaters he was ever present and proud. He was truly an amazing hockey Papa and we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, ❤️
Mandy, Mark and Grayson

Condolence from pinky nantais on April 17th, 2018 11:11 PM

Blair, so sorry for your loss, I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Condolence from Maryan on April 18th, 2018 10:25 AM

My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Be strong.

Condolence from Glenn Wyrostok on April 18th, 2018 11:06 AM

I was very sorry to read about Bill’s passing. Bill and I go back quite a few years as we used to ride the same bus every morning to get to downtown Calgary and spent most of our trip talking about hockey, ball or golf. Being residents of Huntington Hills we used to run into each other all the time at the hockey rink or at the ball diamonds. Bill also drove up many times to golf with me at the Sundre Golf Club when I was a member there. My condolences go to Blair and Trevor and families.

Condolence from Duane Dallman on April 18th, 2018 4:35 PM

I was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We spent many a day golfing at the Elks Golf Club (now The Winston Golf Club) and enjoying a pint afterwards. He will be missed by all his friends at the club.

Condolence from Ashish Sethi on April 18th, 2018 7:22 PM

Trevor: My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Take Care.

Condolence from Auntie Pat and/or Koko on April 19th, 2018 10:41 AM

Rest in peace Bill. It was my honor to meet (Bill) this special man just once in my life. My heart and prayers go out to all of the family. Blair, Amy, Nicci, Jackson, Marley & Shiloh, Wish I could be there just to give you a hug.

Condolence from Bill & Helen Miller on April 20th, 2018 7:27 AM

My condolences to Trevor, Blair & families. I was fortunate to meet Bill & Tillie while you boys were playing hockey in Huntington Hills. During the years since then whenever I met Bill in the community he always had time for a visit & to tell me what his sons were doing. Very proud of both of you. It was my pleasure to know Bill.
We will light our prayer candle with all of you in mind.

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