William Edward Tomlinson, “Bill” passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 12th, 2013 at the St Mary’s Hospital in Camrose at the age of 66 years, after a short battle with cancer.
Bill was born in Castor Alberta on June 17th, 1947. He was the oldest of 5 children born to Roy and Daphne Tomlinson. Bill took his schooling in Halkirk from grades 1 to 9 and completed his high school in Stettler. Bill married his wife Peggy on May 22nd, 1971 and lovingly accepted Sandra and Cindy as his own. This spoke of his character as a kind and loving man. In April of 1972 their son Darren was born. Bill and Peggy moved to the Family Farm in 1972, where they started their farming adventure. In July of 1978 their daughter Heather was born. Bill and Peggy raised their family of four on the farm near Halkirk. Bill and Peggy moved off the family farm in 1996 and resided on a beautiful acreage west of Forestburg where he could still putter in his garage, plant his garden, play with all his toys and gadgets and enjoy the outdoors.
Bill was predeceased by his mother Daphne Tomlinson, his uncle and aunt, Athol and Norma Tomlinson, cousins Muriel Bowie (Tomlinson), Petra Tomlinson, mother and father in law Bob and Greta Rendall and brother in law Bob Rendall.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years Peggy Tomlinson, his children Sandra (Ryan Blume), Cindy (Kenny Yakimowich), Darren, Heather (Shawn Webb); grandchildren Ashley, Tyler and Evan Blume, Sharla and Maegan Yakimowich and Sawyer and Brody Tomlinson; dad Roy Tomlinson, sisters Barbara (Ian Watson), Evelyn (Rick Hamilton), brothers Peter (Brenda)Tomlinson, Roy (Mona) Tomlinson; cousin Doug Tomlinson, sister in law Maureen Waade (Loren Duncan); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His faithful friend Bear Paws a beautiful black lab and his side kick cat “baby cat.”
Thank-you to Dr. Nieman, Dr. Stan, Dr Nichol and to all the nursing staff for their kind and compassionate care for Bill.
Funeral services were held at Halkirk Community Hall Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Valerie Gonda leading the service. Tributes were given by long time friend Ed Manz and daughter Heather Tomlinson; Junior Olsen played guitar selections. Several of Bill’s favourite pieces of music were played along with a DVD presentation of his life made by his family. Interment was held at Omega Cemetery, Gadsby at 1:00 PM with Peter Tomlinson officiating. Family and friends gathered in the Halkirk Hall for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Halkirk Hall Board. Memorial donations may be made to Forestburg Public Library or the Palliative Care Unit of St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose, Alberta. To send or view condolences go to www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com.
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