William (Bill) Abbey, former resident of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2024, in Victoria, BC, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on January 11, 1932, in Eatonia, SK to Lester and Muriel Abbey.

Bill moved from Saskatchewan to Calgary in 1951, where he worked as a Registered Industrial Accountant (CMA) for Maple Leaf Petroleum and Imperial Oil. In 1961, he started the Calgary franchise of Manpower Temporary Services. The balance of his career was spent managing his Manpower operations in Calgary, as well as offices in Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. Bill was a respected member of the Calgary business community for more than 45 years. After retiring, Bill and his wife Olivia enjoyed travelling and spending their winters in Arizona. He was an avid golfer, loved flying his airplane and an active member of the Rotary Club.

Bill is survived by, his beloved wife of 50 years Olivia, son Byron (Jill), daughter Dawn, grandchildren Michael, Dylan and Karly, great-granddaughter Skylar, sister Eleanor (Don), and brother Frank. He will be missed by many other relatives and friends. Bill will be honoured in private by his family.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Ruth Robinson

    Olive, I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s death. John and I have lived in Victoria for the past 17 years—wish I’d known sooner that you and Bill were so nearby. I’d very much like to hear from you.

  • John Robinson

    Olive just heard of bills passing . Sincere sorrow for your loss we had some good times together

  • Claire Roberts

    I’ve only just seem this notice about Bill’s passing and i was shocked. .He was a very interesting man to talk with about so many things.
    He’ll be missed by his family, wife Olivia, and myself for sure .
    Rest in peace Bill❤️❤️

  • Richard Appleby

    My thoughts are with you Eleanor on this loss in your family

  • Pat McKenzie

    Dear Olivia
    So sad to hear today of Bill’s passing. I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew him. Please accept my condolences

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