John William (Bill) Tilson

1936 – 2013

John William (Bill) Tilson was born on May 29, 1936 in Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland. He was schooled at the Royal Scool in Cavan and graduated from Business College in Dublin.

He and a close buddy emigrated to Canada in 1955 and both had short careers in banking (he said there wasn’t enough money to support their young habits)! The West Coast was their preferred destination. There he met and married Jean Clark and together they raised two sons. As Bill’s work in surveying took them to various dam sites in B.C. including Seymour, Duncan and Mica they lead a busy life. The family needed to settle down so they chose Vernon where the boys were growing lads.

In 1976 Bill joined to City of Vernon as a surveyor and over the years experimented with several departments until his retirement from City Hall in 2001.

A variety of interests kept his life busy, camping, fishing, various sports and travel , but was always known for his capacity to help others. It was here that he enjoyed his volunteer time as a driver and dispatcher for the Freemasons Volunteer Cancer Car Drivers Program.

Together with his spouse of over twenty five years Paulette(Polly) Fremstad they enjoyed the fellowship of the Masonic Family and it’s Concordant bodies, Kalamalka Lodge, Enderby Lodge, Scottish Right and the Order of the Eastern Star and have been active members.

He is survived by his two sosns: John and his wife Rhonda of Kelowna and Robert and his wife Nok Nuntameechai Tilson of Nong Khai, Thailand, grand daughter Vanessa Tilson and her partner Matt Baumeister of Kelowna and newborn grand daughter Maylissa Tilson of Nong Khai, Thailand. He is further survived by his Irish family brother Cecil and his wife Audrey, two neices Gillian, and Dawn , her husband Ivan and two grand neices Lucy and Nicole.

In lieu of floral tributes, donations to the Freemasons Volunteer Cancer Car Drivers Program or a charity of your choice may be made in his memory. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

Cremation arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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