It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Buchan on August 5, 2019, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, after his battle with Cancer and Dementia.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Anderson); daughter, Heather (Wayne); niece, Karen McFayden (Maxwell) Brian and Jayne McFayden.  Bill was predeceased by his parents, Scotty and Catherine.

Bill joined the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves in 1947, Royal Canadian Navy in 1950 and retired in 1965. He then moved to Commercial Sales for Times Colonist, Fleming Printing, Manning Press, and Hemlock Printers to 1991.

Bill was very involved with many committees, local and sports.  He was instrumental for the UVic Stadium as Manager rep for Saanich, Hornets Football teams as General Manager, Director of Local Football Committee, Victoria Cougars Hockey League as Public Relations, Membership Chairman for Saanich Chamber of Commerce and 40 Years with Gyro Club of Victoria, where he was President in 1976-77.  He was a Lifetime Member of The Chief and Petty Officers Mess, The Korea Veterans Association of Canada, Inc. and The Canadian Tribal Destroyer Association.

Bill was active in sports in his early years, hockey, football, stock car racing and curling.   His hobbies were sports and travel.   After his Navy days, he wanted to show Marjorie the world, they went on many cruises with Holland American to Hawaii, Mexico, Hong Kong, Bali, Singapore, Alaska and Panama Canal.   He was a current event news junkie and when he got ill in 2009, he learned to use a computer and started to read newspapers all over the world daily.   He also loved making personalized cards for friends and loved to see the enjoyment on their face.  Bill loved fine dining and live musicals and a great cocktail. He volunteered at The Lodge at Broadmead teaching people how to use a computer.

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt THANK YOU to the staff on 8th Floor SE at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday August 24, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive in Victoria and let’s have a cocktail to celebrate Bill.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian Cancer Association.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Hilda D. Gouldie

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing away . My heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Hilda Gouldie

  • John and Marilyn Bate

    Marj and all the Family:
    We are very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing.
    We have many great memories of our days at Memorial Arena and all the Hockey Teams. Thankfully our memories live on forever.
    We send our Sincere Sympathy to you.
    Most Sincerely
    John and Marilyn Bate.

  • Doreen Marchant

    Marj, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Remember the good times.

  • Sandy Burch

    Marj and Heather,
    We were so sorry to hear of Bill passing on. For many years, he was a good friend to us both and we shared a lot of laughs and fun over the years. Whether it be golfing, boating or just hanging out with the boys at the bar, they were great times and wonderful memories. We had been out of touch for many years, but I often find myself thinking of those days and how good you both were to me. Bob and I want to send you our love and sympathy. I can only imagine how much Bill will be missed.

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