Captain William “Bill” McOnie

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Capt. William “Bill” McOnie on March 22, 2011 in Vernon BC at 84 years of age. Bill will be missed by his beloved wife and companion of 55 years, Kay; his sons Brian (Christine), Iain, and Robin; as well as his grandchildren Rebecca and Liam. He was predeceased by his younger brother Iain in 1975,and granddaughter Morgan in 1993. Bill was born on January 28, 1927 in Yenangyaung, Burma (Myanmar) to William and Mary McOnie. As a young man, Bill left his home on the West Coast of Scotland to see the world at a time he described as ‘the halcyon days of seafaring’. His travels instilled in him a richness and love of life that affected all he knew, especially his family. Bill was a lifelong lover of animals. As Bill’s body failed him in his final days, his mind and resolve were unwavering to the end. The McOnie family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the nurses of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Hospice House for their compassionate care.

…And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over…

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the North Okanagan Hospice Society (3506 27 Avenue, Vernon BC V1T 1S4, www.nohs.ca) would be greatly appreciated. Celebration of Life was held on Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Chapel of Personal Alternative Funeral Services. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via email armstrong@myalternatives.ca

Arrangements entrusted to


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

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