William John Flint passed away peacefully on May 11th in the Bulkley Lodge in Smithers, B.C. at the age of 77 years.
Bill was born in Cut Knife, Sask. on Nov. 7, 1937 to Stanley and Laura Flint. The Flint family moved to the Bulkley Valley from Sask. in 1949 to a farm on the Telkwa High Road. Bill was a farmer all of his life. He and his brother Lyle bought a piece of land as teenagers and later took over their parent’s farm after they retired to a little house nearby. Lyle moved away to pursue his work with mining and Bill and his wife Louise continued to live on the farm.
Bill had worked in his younger years in logging. He also worked as a warehouseman for Climax Molybdenum and spent many years with JPN Ranch and helped with cattle herds around the community at branding time or on cattle drives. He had several good saddle horses over the years and always had a dog at his side. He and Louise had many wonderful memories from the 25 years as volunteers on the Glenwood Hall Committee.
Bill became ill in his seventies and in March 2012 moved into the Bulkley Lodge where Louise spent time with him every day. Bill’s sons and grandchildren visited him there often and brightened his days. He was a quiet, gentle man. He will be missed.
Bill is survived by his wife, Louise, of 49 years; sons Kevin (Vanessa), Gary (Arbeny); grandchildren Byron, Billy and Blaire; his brothers Ross (Betty), Lyle (Tricia); sisters Florence (Ron) Gilbert, Pearl Brinkhurst and Betty Flint and many nieces and nephews.
Louise and family want to thank Dr. Scholtz and the staff of the Bulkley Lodge, and in particular, the staff of the Blueberry ward.
A family gathering will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined but memorial donations to the Glenwood Hall Renovations Account would be appreciated and can be made at the Bulkley Valley Credit Union or sent to Hall Secretary, Corol Johnson at 17371 Telkwa High Road, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N7.