BILLY EWART LEACH
JUNE 10, 1922 – DECEMBER 21, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Husband. Bill passed away at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, B.C. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the age of 91. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Irene of 65 years, his son John (Lucille), daughters Cindy, Debbie (Tony) and stepdaughter Donna (Arvid); sister Betty; grandchildren Ron (Jacque), Karen, Torin (Debbie), Erin, Maddison, Harley, Jenavieve, Emma; great grandchildren Jacob, Ashley, Amanda, Nathan and Addison. Bill was predeceased by his son Kerry in 1990 and brothers Herb, Archie and sister Hazel.
Bill was born in Edmonton on June 10th, 1922. The Leach family moved to Smithers, B.C. in 1923 where he spent his school years along with playing his beloved hockey & baseball.
Bill served overseas with the RCAF from 1941 – 1945, returned to Smithers where he and Irene were married in 1948. He spent most of his working years with his brothers Herb & Archie in the grocery and later hotel business. Bill took an early retirement in August 1977 due to a heart condition and from then on travel was limited due to health. However, Bill & Irene were able to spend 10 to 12 years wintering in Arizona where they enjoyed their golf & many new friends. By this time they were living in South Surrey, B.C. where Irene is presently residing close to family.
Bill will be deeply missed by his family and friends. At Bill’s request, no formal service is planned. His family will have a private party in his honour at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Canuck Place would be appreciated.