A resident of Armstrong for the past 12 years, Willie was born June 10, 1921 at Hilda, Alberta. He died peacefully October 6, 2009 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in the presence of family. He is survived by 11 of his 14 children and their spouses, their mother, Ida Heinz; 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He leaves behind two brothers, Elroy Heinz of Pincher Creek, Alberta, and Herb Heinz (Norma) of Calgary; and a sister, Edna Heinz of Medicine Hat, Alberta. He touched many lives over his 88 years with his unique ability to show kindness. Above all, he was a gentle man.
Willie was a decorated WWII veteran, having served our country overseas from 1940-1945. He survived the D-Day landing at Juno Beach, and lived on to earn his greatest badge of honour: World’s Best Father and Grandfather.
As a mechanic, Willie will always be admired for his amazing ability to fix or build anything. If it had a motor, he could get it running. If it was broken, he could fix it—or re-invent it. Willie will be remembered by his family with much love for his unfailing cheerfulness, humour, resilience and titanium spirit. We thank him for providing so well for so large a family over many years. At Willie’s request, a private family function will be held. Arrangements are in care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services of Armstrong, BC.
“I live on. Look for me in the eyes of
my children and grandchildren.”