William Mortimer, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the Elk Valley Hospital on Sunday, August 23rd at the age of 77 following a hard fought battle with cancer.
Bill was born in New Westminster, BC on September 28, 1937, and received his schooling in Prince George. With his father a mechanic, and his mother an artist, the Mortimer family moved all over BC following construction jobs. As a young man, Bill worked for a brief time as a commercial truck driver before following in his father’s career, working in the construction industry throughout BC and Alberta.
When Bill retired, he took up oil painting, influenced by his mother and a lifetime of exposure to the mountains, lakes, streams and ever changing skies. Some of Bill’s paintings found new homes in Australia, Britain, Europe, and across the USA and Canada. Generous and charitable, Bill also donated his work to non-profit organizations for their fund raising efforts.
Bill enjoyed travel; exploring exotic destinations and cultures with Shirley, or simply taking a leisurely drive, just to appreciate the countryside. His artistic eye was able to see and appreciate all the beauty that surrounded him.
A kind-hearted man with a loving spirit, Bill loved animals; sharing a special bond with his beloved dog Jake, who was always by his side.
Relationships were important to Bill; he always greeted family and friends with a warm smile and a friendly wave that you just couldn’t forget. He will be very dearly missed.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley, and their children Kelly Mortimer (Clyde Edwards), and Sean (Shannon) Mortimer, his precious grandchildren: Paige (Brandon), Shaylyn, Adison (Brianne), and Daniel, his brother Bob (Sharon) Mortimer, and his brother and sister-in-law Murray and Sharon Assman as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Louise Mortimer, and his sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Wayne Lowdon.
Memorial tributes may be made in Bill’s name to the S.P.C.A. or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.