Wilfred Robert Williams
October 24, 1931 – August 14, 2014
Wilf is survived by his soul mate and wife Mae; his children, Linda (Wayne), Bob (Stephanie), Cindy (Kerry), and Ted (Heather); 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; his two sisters, Ruth (Art) and Mildred (Alan).
He was predeceased by his parents Bob and Lill, his youngest son Eric, and his grandson Mark.
Born and raised in Fernie, Wilf committed his life to his family and friends. Growing up in times of depression and world war, he learned early the importance of responsibility, hard work and reliability. These values formed the basis of his whole life and were demonstrated in his caring and kind treatment of all those he touched.
A well defined work/life balance enabled Wilf to provide the necessities for his family. The family home that he and Mae built from scratch, and lived in and loved for 50 years formed the nucleus for his growing family. His hunting, fishing, berry picking and extraordinary garden nourished them and his neighbors.
He was present to his friends with a helping hand, a kind word and a ready laugh. He valued them all – schoolmates, workmates, team mates and amigos.
In retirement Wilf continued to make contributions to his community by volunteering at the library, with the regional health board and local theatre in Fernie and Cranbrook. He and Mae enjoyed their travels across Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii, thru the Panama and, for the last 12 years, their winter home in Melaque, Mexico.
Wilf’s 50 years as a member of the Masonic Lodge, as a life member of the Power Pioneers (BC Hydro retirees) and his membership in 3 churches – Christ Churches in Fernie and Cranbrook and St. Patrick’s in Melaque, were a reflection of his strong faith and life values.
Wilf faced every challenge with courage, faith and good humor. He will be sorely missed by his family, and all those who knew him.
Memorial Tributes may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation – BC & Yukon Division, Okanagan & Kootenay Area Office, 4-1551 Sutherland Ave. Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 or any charity of the donor’s choice.
Memories & condolences may be shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.