It is with sadness that we announce the passing of William Sofiak on March 21, 2011, at 78 years of age. Bill was born on June 20, 1932 in Saskatoon, SK, where he spent his youth. In 1954, he moved to Vernon where he began his career as a lineman with BC Hydro and then later, in 1980, with the City of Calgary where he remained until his retirement in 1997. Bill moved back to Vernon to be closer to his family.
Bill enjoyed sports and had a wicked memory for stats and players. He encouraged his children in all of their endeavors and was proud of their achievements.
Bill was predeceased by his son, Tom. He is survived by Marilyn Sofiak, his children: Bonnie (Frank) Pryce, Kim Coulter, Nancy Sofiak, Mitch Sofiak, Dean (Colleen) Sofiak; and his grandchildren: Jesse, Jaimie, Kayla, Corey, Leland, Marlon and Benjamin; his sister Mary-Lou Rose and many nieces and nephews; and his good friends Blair and Jean Deman.
There will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 or to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com