April 18, 1927 – October 19, 2020
With great sadness, we announce the passing of William Lopaschuk on October 19, 2020 at the UofA Hospital surrounded by the love of his family.
Bill was born in Vernon, B.C. on April 18, 1927. He grew up in Whitehorse where his passions for ingenuity, and aviation began. In the 1940s, his career started with Central B.C. Airlines and later Pacific Western where he resided with his family in Port Alberni then in Prince George.
In 1967, he moved to the Bulkley Valley and joined the Trans Provincial Airlines on Thyee Lake. He then built his own airplane and flew privately for 30 more years. In 2009, Bill shared his legacy, writing his book: “They Call Me Lopey.”
Bill lived the last of his 93 years in a vital, independent way by gardening, meeting his hiking group, cherishing loved ones, designing woodwork projects, and walking his dog, Beau.
Bill is survived by his brother Richard (Nancy), wife of 68 years Toni, his sons Randy (Anne), Gary (Donna), his daughter Lynn (Calvin), his grandchildren Owen, Mark, Timothy, David, Lauren and Erica, and his seven great grandsons. He was predeceased by his sisters Doreen, Wilma, and Marilyn, and his beautiful granddaughter, Sarah.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations In memory of Bill to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A memorial will be announced at a future date
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