Dec. 25, 1937 – July 27, 2006
Left behind with good memories: wife and soulmate, Mary Lynn, Smithers; mother Marion Lynn, Port Coquitlam; sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Larry Burnett, Nanaimo; sister Kerry Talbot, Granisle; brother and sister-in-law Jay and Hana Lynn, Whistler; stepsons Dave and Russell Brandon, Yukon, Nunavut; Colleen Dignam, Prince Rupert; nephews Dan, Sean, Lukas, Adam and Byron, nieces Cheryl, Kate, Bonnie and Michelle and their families; many very special extended family and friends.
Born in the city of Vancouver, Bill spent some early years in Maple Ridge and soon discovered the siren song of the wilderness, riding his little horse far into Golden Ears Park as a youth. After training as a carpenter, Bill lived and worked many places in B.C., always near the backcountry, and eventually settled in the Yukon, where he also guided in the Tombstones and Ogilvies. He was always so grateful he experienced these many wonderful places while they were still untouched.
In 1985 he rode his beloved Dancer, with packhorses Bucky and Orchid, and St. Bernard Rosie out of the Yukon and settled in the Bulkley Valley. Here, living in a cabin on the Telkwa River, he liked to joke he was “rescued” by Mary.
Married in 1991, they shared 15 years of horse trips, hiking, gardening, beekeeping, laughter and contentment.
“Till the end of time”, my darling. You loved life and lived it well.