Bill passed away peacefully on September 2, 2012 in Vernon, BC. Bill enjoyed a very long and fruitful 91 years. He was born in Drumheller, AB July 29, 1921 and raised on a farm just outside of Crossfield, AB. Bill joined the RCAF after high school and became a flight instructor stationed in Summerside, PEI. After the war, on his train ride home to Crossfield, he stopped in Toronto and signed up to the Ontario Veterinary College. The class was to start in 3 weeks. During this 3 week break he married Viola May Kinsey from Bowden and they headed back to Guelph to start their new life together. After graduation in 1949 they relocated to set up Bill’s vet practice in their basement of their house in Stettler, AB. As Bill’s practice grew so did his family; two boys and three girls and always some orphaned dog or cat. In 1981 Bill retired from practice and he and Vi moved to Vernon, BC to enjoy their next 30 years, golfing, traveling, playing bridge, doing crosswords and keeping close track of their grandchildren.
Bill will be dearly missed by his family: Bill and Dianna Harrison of Black Diamond, AB; Leslie and Don Harbison of Creston, BC; Lyle and Lora Lea Harrison of Lacombe, AB; Patti and Steve McKnight of Halkirk, AB; and Anne and Brian Monteith of Vernon, BC; seven grandchildren: Rob, Tara, Whitney, Kerbi, Matt, Jamie, and Drew; six great-grandchildren: Wesley, Emmett, Gillon, Seren, Carys and Max as well as Eunice and Stan Gole of Didsbury, AB (sister and brother-in-law) and extended family and friends. Bill was predeceased by Viola his devoted and loving wife of 65 years and his one brother Jim Harrison.
The Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 10:00 am in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home with Brian Jackson officiating. A reception was held in the Pleasant Valley Tea Room.
In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Bill may do so to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME
4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC V1T 4M4 (250) 542-4333
Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com