Bill passed away peacefully on January 30, 2020 at VGH after a short illness. He will be missed by many friends and family.

Born in Victoria, Bill grew up in James Bay and spent his youth around Oak Bay Marina. He loved boats and being on the water. A Vic High graduate, he lived and worked in Victoria all his life. His career as a craftsman sheet metal worker began at Pacific Sheet Metal; later, he was a partner in Sidney Sheet Metal. Son of a carpenter, he designed and constructed his own home before building a 48-foot troller and fishing commercially on the West Coast for 9 years. He retired in 1996 after two decades with BC Ferries.

Survived by wife, Ella Jean; son, Bruce (Keiko); daughter, Carla (Arda); granddaughters, Mei and Leah and brother Bob and family. Predeceased by mother, Helen and father, Jack.

A Memorial Service and Reception will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 10, 2020 in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Jim Kazimier

    Dear Bruce,

    Sad to hear of the loss of your father. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Jim Kazimier

  • Trish and Art Breithack

    Ella Jean and family
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family on Bill’s passing. Art has fond memories of working with Bill at Sidney Sheet Metal. It was wonderful to see you both the last time we met and sad that it was the last to see Bill. You will have happy memories and comfort from your family.
    Take care
    Trish and Art Breithack

  • Alex Smith

    Dear Bruce,

    I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing.

    I hope during this difficult time you feel surrounded by much love with your family by your side.

  • Martina Stvan

    Bruce — so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Tim Lee

    Dear Bruce & Family,

    Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Wishing you all comfort and peace.

    Tim Lee, Soo Jung Kim and Kyung-Soo Yang in Seoul

  • James McNamee


    Our thoughts are with you. What a full and interesting life your Dad’s.

  • Joan and Jack James

    Dear Ella Jean and your family, We are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. In their younger years, he and Jack were close friends and he was Jack’s Best Man at our wedding in 1959. We go back many years with both Bill and Bob.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Best wishes,
    Joan and Jack

  • Nghiale

    Dear Bruce,

    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    In Sympathy,

    Nghiale – Hochi

  • Cuc Nguyen

    Dear Bruce,

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. Thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.

    Cuc /HoChi

  • Leslie Heilman

    Carla and Arda,

    Our deepest condolences during this difficult time. Love and prayers to you and your family. Leslie, Scott, Tyler and Leslie

  • Lisa

    Sending love and wishes that you’ll find comfort in happy memories. So sorry for your loss.

  • Kristin Erickson

    Bruce, our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Kristin and Jeff

  • Devin

    Ella Jean, Bruce, Carla and your family,
    We are so sorry for your loss! I am so grateful for all the memories growing up as families living just down the road from each other. So many days and nights spent together in your old house that was crafted with such care and filled with so much acceptance and love. Bill will be remembered always as a skilled craftsman, a smiling presence, a dependable friend, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who was loved and respected by many. Our thoughts are with you!
    Devin (& Cindy, Cei, Theo).

  • Bronwen Welch

    Bill was a really lovely human being. I feel graced that he was a part of my life. All my love to Carla, Bruce, and Ella Jean.

  • Kelly Vass

    Carla and Arda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May the beautiful memories of this important man sustain you and comfort you. Love and Grace, The Vass Family

  • Helen Werner

    Dear Carla (and family),

    I hope you’re surrounded by loving memories and warm embraces at this sad time. My heart is with you.


  • Van Anh

    So sorry to your loss, Bruce. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May he rest in peace. Be strong

  • Angie Uriegas & Siegfried Bulling

    Ella Jean and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill’s friendship and smile will forever be in our minds and our hearts. He will be missed.

  • Sheila Thomas

    Bruce – So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family. Sounds like he had a full life. Hoping you will find eventual comfort in the memories you shared together.


  • Shafryne Sayani


    Our sincerest condolences. Hoping that our thoughts and prayers will give strength to you and your family at this difficult time. We are thinking of you, Keiko, and the girls.

    Shafryne and Aliyah

  • Rennie Soobrattee


    Sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


  • Ernest Wahl

    Dear Ella Jean and family: we will truly miss Bill . He was an outstanding neighbour and a good friend .

    In Sympathy,

    Margaret and Ernest Wahl

  • Virginia Lyne

    Ella Jean, Bruce and Carla,

    My deepest sympathy at this sad time.
    You are all in my thoughts. I have such fond memories of you all.

  • Paul Pelletier

    Dear Bruce, my sincerest condolences and sympathy for your loss.

  • Tuy Dinh

    Dear Bruce,

    Please kindly accept our deepest condolences to your big loss in life!


    Tuy & Anh
    Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

  • Teisuke Tsumura

    Express condolences! Spend a long time in his favorite place and he must have been happy. I’m sorry I couldn’t meet him.

  • Bonnie and Barry Singer

    Carla, our deepest condolences to you.

  • Fatma Buldanlioglu

    My sincere condolences.

  • Kim Cuong from Vietnam

    My sincere condolence to Bruce’s family.
    Be strong!

  • claire pepper

    So, sorry Bruce and Family. I remember your father and mother and sister. Your cabin life while growing up. Sorry he has passed. I am sure you will miss him greatly. God speed my friend!

  • Kirsten Mlacak

    Bruce – My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. I hope that the memories of good times, laughter and love can sustain you.

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