Willie was born in Limerick Saskatchewan on March 26, 1931. At a young age he moved to Alberta, and in 1960 moved to Louis Creek, B.C., then moved into Barriere.
In 1976 he moved to McLure and married Pat.
Willie passed away peacefully on May 15, 2017, with his family by his side, he was 86 years old.
Left to morn his passing are Pat, his wife of 40 years; sons Derral (Diane) and Ken (Lisa); daughter Laurie (Scott); stepdaughter Margo (Bruce); stepsons Len (Lora), Mark (Vanessa) and Gordon (Katie); 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; and his brothers Alvin and Allen.
Willie was predeceased by his first wife Ruby, stepson Neil and two sisters, Adele and Evelyn.
Willie was an active member of his community. He was a life member of the Lions Club and the Royal Canadian Legion where he was also a recipient of the Meritorious Medal. He will be greatly missed by the organization where he dutifully served.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11a.m., on July 1, 2017, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Barriere in the upstairs lounge with tea to follow.
In memory of Willie, donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered “Come to me”. With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we love you dearly we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.