July 10, 1930 – December 21, 2020
Bill was born in Brilliant and spent his youth in Rossland. When he married Lola (Vatkin) in 1955, they made Kinnaird their home. He passed peacefully at Castleview Care Centre after a brief stay.
Bill leaves behind Lola, his loving wife of 65 1⁄2 years; his daughter Carol Koorbatoff of Shoreacres and her family Freddie (Erin) and their children Morgan, Rachel, and Nathan of Shoreacres and Ben (Moriah) and their children Kaelan, Brody, Riley, and Karter of Red Deer; his daughter Liz (David) D’Andrea of Trail and their family Erica and her daughter Ryah of Ootischenia, Renee (Dean) Farquhar and their children Rayna and Kaden of Grande Prairie, and Darren (Kaylie) of Edmonton; son Bill (Nancy) of Castlegar and their sons Cam (Katie) of Cranbrook and Bren (Chalise) of Salmo.
Bill was predeceased by his father William A Cheveldave, step-father Fred Stoushnow, mother Mary Stoushnow, sisters Lorna Adams and Helen Strelioff, step-sisters Vera Jones and Eileen Anderson, half-brothers Fred and Walter Stoushnow, and son-in-law Fred Koorbatoff.
Bill was a quiet man with a subtle sense of humour. Being a left hander, his motto was “I might not know my left from right – but I know right from wrong.”
His love of golf started at the age of 10 when he began caddying at the Rossland Golf Course. He began to work in the Pro Shop when he was 15 and continued to work there after he began his Machinist Apprenticeship at Cominco in 1948. He achieved three holes-in-one during his life.
He was also an avid curler and once scored an eight ender. Bill skied the mountains around Rossland in his youth and continued to enjoy Red Mountain until he was 84. He shared this passion with all of his grandchildren and most of his great-grandchildren. Bill loved to fish and a highlight was his 80th birthday trip to Langara with his grandsons Freddie and Ben. Bill also enjoyed waterskiing until he was 70.
As a pioneer of Kinnaird, Bill volunteered in many areas. He helped build the Pioneer Arena, the Curling Rink, and the first 8 holes of Castlegar Golf Course. Bill and a few others were instrumental in building and financing the Bob Branson Memorial Swimming Pool in Kinnaird. Five people put second mortgages on their homes to finance the pool – How many people under the age of 35 would do that? Bill did.
After retirement Bill and Lola travelled many miles in their motorhome making new friends and having some crazy adventures. They went south every fall but were always back before opening day at Red Mountain.
A funeral service was held Wednesday December 23.
Bill’s family would like to say Thank you to the staff at KBR Hospital, Poplar Ridge and Castleview Care Centre.
If you wish, as an expression of sympathy we ask you to make a donation to KBRH Health Foundation – Chronic Pain Service Project in Bill’s name.
Castlegar Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.