William (Bill) Urquhart was born on September 11th, 1934 in Edmonton, Alberta and it is with regret that we announce his passing on December 2nd, 2012 in Vernon, BC at the age of 78 years. Bill remained single until he married Grace in 1987, which turned out to be a very interesting match! She, together with her family and Bill’s extended family who reside in Alberta, will remember him as a man who loved life and gave it all he had! He was preceded in death by his father, William in 1968; his mother, Mable in 1990; and his sister Marge in 2010.
Bill was a resident of the Okanagan Valley for many
years. He always enjoyed having a good time and even lived life a bit dangerously at times. In his early years Bill drove race cars and what a lot of fun he had doing that! He was a man who was afraid of the water so never did learn how to swim; however, he still built a boat that floated. Bill did enjoy trap-shooting and skeet-shooting, for which he won many awards. He made and operated remote controlled model airplanes that he built from scratch, for which he had a real knack, and belonged to the Remote Airplane Club. Bill also loved the large airplanes and when a plane flew overhead, he could tell you what make it was and what motor was in it. He could even tell you that by the sound of the motor, if it was an airplane, boat, car or motorcycle without even looking. When he and Grace traveled it was imperative that they stop and visit any and every airplane museum hangar in Seattle, California and Vancouver and take lots of pictures. Bill loved to ride motorcycles in his younger years and had many a tale to tell about that. Some of his bikes are still around. Along with everything else in Bill’s life he was also a World War II history buff. Another outstanding project Bill was involved in was when he rebuilt a 1973 Carmine Red TR6 which he was thrilled about. The aim was to keep everything original. He belonged to the Vintage Car Club and took in a number of events throughout BC. In Pleasanton, California there was a vintage car show that had so many vehicles on display that Bill was almost delirious. While residing in Vernon Bill was part owner of Sun Auto Parts at one time. Bill loved hunting dogs, especially English Retrievers.
Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Bill’s Life which will be held at the Pleasant Valley Church Of God, 6161 Pleasant Valley Road, on Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Al Perry officiating. Placement of Bill’s cremated remains will take place at a later date in the Bethel Rose Garden Of Remembrance.
The family wishes to thank Noric House and Dr. Francis Healy for the care given to Bill over the past few years.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUENRAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605 – 27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 8Z5