Dec 8, 1922 – May 6, 2012
Life began in Guisborough, Yorkshire, England on Dec 8, 1922 and at a very young age Bill’s family relocated to Saskatchewan, Canada. Life was a difficult struggle and the onset of WWII offered young Bill an opportunity to fight for his country. A side benefit was his basic needs were met. After the war Bill settled in Alberta and was a successful Investment/Insurance/Real Estate salesperson. The early 1970’s Bill, wife Jean and daughter Lisa moved to BC ultimately settling in Lumby/Vernon. In 2001 Bill suffered a serious stroke and in 2002 lost his beloved wife Jean. The next 10 years were a struggle and he took them on. This was the time Bill chose to finish writing, publish, and sell copies of his life story “The Deacon”. He showed true courage, faced the many challenges he lived with, and with determination continued to move forward. Survived by children: Alan (Ann), Patricia (Jim) Thompson, Janine (Jim) McGillivray, Robert (June Fournel), Debra (Mike) Reid, and Lisa Parsons (Darcy Ross). Grandchildren: Bill, Patrick, Marla (Colin), Dina (Neil), Mark (Crystal), Sheldon, Jacob (Allison), Roberta, Michael, Kristina, Sarina, Chelsey. Great-Grandchildren: Mackenzie, Kaia, James, and Sadie. Brothers Syd Parsons, Jack Parsons and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers: Harold Parsons, Roy Anderson, and Albert Parsons.
Family and Friends Gathered,
Saturday 2 pm
Lumby Royal Canadian Legion
Special thanks to good friends Donna and Richard Shepherd. Thank you to Dr. Mori, Bill’s Dr. of many years and also to Dr. Kutsche of Armstrong. The family also thanks the gentle, caring staff at Pleasant Valley Manor in Armstrong BC where Bill lived his final days. Donations in William Parsons’ honour can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion #167 – Lumby Branch.