Bill McGauley

On the 31st of August 2011, Bill McGauley, a member of a pioneer family, who came to Castlegar in 1913, died at George Derby Center in Burnaby. Bill’s family extends their grateful thanks to the George Derby staff for their compassionate care. Born in Nelson on the 12th of December 1921 and resident of Castlegar for over 80 years, Bill came to Burnaby as a result of his illness. An avid fisherman in the Columbia river and fervent gardener, Bill was employed at Cominco for over 42 years. He was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic parish and the Castlegar Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 170. A committed member of the Development and Peace organization he participated in many of their activities in support of Third World issues. In particular he learned and shared so much during a brief but vivid exposure to poverty and political action when he and his wife visited the Philippines. This redoubled his commitment to supporting people valiantly struggling for social justice.The last of his brothers and sisters, he is survived by his wife Alma, his children, Tom [Rajeev Kumar], Carol, Marian [Keith Allingham], Margaret [Roger Henthorne] and Anne [Gary May], and his grandchildren, Gemma, Erin, Ben, Jeremy, Melissa, Kate and Claire, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. His funeral was held on the 8th of September at St. Theresa’s Catholic church in Burnaby. There will be a memorial mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Castlegar on the 11th of October, followed by the internment of his ashes in the Kinnaird Park Memorial Cemetery at 11:30. There will be a reception following in Nelson. He was predeceased by his son Jim.

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