WILBERT AUSTIN

AUSTIN

WILBERT (BILL) JAMES AUSTIN passed away at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Saturday, February 12, 2005. Bill was born September 19, 1921, in Enderby. He is survived by sister Helen Bauer of Armstrong, sister-in-law June Austin of Vernon, five nephews Ben Bauer of Cranbrook, John Bauer of Armstrong, Brian & Billy Austin of Golden and Keith Austin of Faro, Yukon. Predeceased by brother George in 1997, mother Kathleen in 1950, father John in 1968. Bill was raised and educated in Armstrong. After graduation he joined R.C.A.F., serving from 1941 to 1945 in Brandon, St. Thomas, Paricia Bay and Summerside, P.E.I. Upon discharge Bill worked in the Sawmill at Armstrong for two years, then joined the Highway Department Survey Crew doing road construction. In 1956 Bill moved to Agassiz working in the construction industry there and all over the province including the Alexander Bridge Project in the Fraser Canyon. He retired in 1984, living at Prince George until 1994 when he moved back to Armstrong. Bill was an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Armstrong, Royal Arch in Salmon Arm where he was a 1st Principal and a member of Preceptory in Vernon. He enjoyed traveling, lacrosse, basketball and bowling. A highlight of his bowling was winning both the Provincial and National Championship in 1989 and induction into the BC Bowling Hall of Fame in 1978. A Committal service will be held at Armstrong Spallumcheen Cemetery on Thursday, February 17, 2005. Reverend Lorraine Powell officiating. A Celebration of Life tea will be held at a later date. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 546-7237.