It is with profound grief that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Lewis at Vernon Hospice house on November 11, 2009. Bill passed away in the arms of his loving wife of 58 years Shirley, as his devoted family surrounded him and held vigil by his side. Daughter Adrienne (Rick), sons Dan (Deb), and Jeff (Jill), and grandchildren Ethan, Josh, Luke, Annwen, and Rowyn know that their beloved Pop’s is now at peace.
Bill was born on January 21, 1932, in Britiannia Beach, BC, to Gertrude and William Lewis. Growing up in a small mining town, Bill and his young buddies, the Roach brothers created no end of trouble…and always got caught. His life of love began when he met Shirley at a mutual friends wedding in Vancouver in 1949. It was a truly case of love at first sight and they went on to become engaged and married in 1953. After the birth of their children and many moves the young family finally settled in Vernon at the house on old Kamloops road in 1968. Bill became a cowboy here during this time riding horses raising Herefords and labs on the 5 acre farm. Summers at the cabin on the lake and winters on the ski hill were enjoyed by all. The family is left with many fond memories of parties, gatherings and social times spent with their many friends. Looking for a spiritual path, Bill found a mentor in Dr. Hugh Campbell Brown and thus found his spiritual home in The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The inner seeking nature of Quakerism follows the principle, “there is that of God in everyone”.
Always looking for the next adventure Bill also spent time as a pilot and avid sailboat racer. With Shirley at his side they traveled the world extensively; to Japan, Greece, Mexico and Africa. He had a lifelong passion for Japanese Martial Arts mastering Judo, Aikido and Eido of which he practiced well into his 70’s. The depth of his knowledge could only be truly understood by those who dedicate their lives to these Arts.
The family would like to thank Dr. DeBeer for his kind and gentle manner. We also humbly thank Dr. LaVoie for always looking for solutions for Dad even in the face of having to impart very bad news; it is truly an art you possess. To the countless hospital staff who chose to engage in relationship with us, especially in the Cancer Centre, Emergency, and Radiology Departments, we thank you. We would finally like to thank Nurse Next Door, and Vernon Hospice House staff for being so kind during such a hard time…
William was a man of immense Wisdom and strength and He truly lived the saying, “Let everything you do be done in love”. In honour of a life well lived we would like people to gather with us in remembering him on:
November 17, 2009, 2:00 pm, Vernon Yacht Club on Okanagan Landing Road.
If the spirit moves you, we invite you to speak into the silence and talk, tell stories, laugh and cry with us as there is much to say. As well in true Quaker fashion please bring a favourite potluck dish to share following the service.