As many of you now know, Bill lost his battle with cancer on November 11, 2012.  A fitting day for someone with his strength and courage.  While broken hearted, we are glad that Bill is no longer suffering and I believe that somewhere he is again in the skies, flying an airplane.
Please join us on Sunday, November 18th at 2:00 pm at the Oak Bay United Church, 1355 Mitchell Street, Victoria, BC to celebrate Bill's life and to say goodbye to an amazing husband, father and friend. 
Kevin Russell
11/13/2012 04:22:48 pm

I am so sad to hear of Bills passing. We can only hope he is no longer in pain. I worked with Bill at Harbour Air, he was a good man.


11/13/2012 06:06:07 pm

I'll be thinking of you all on that day Maureen. John and Joan Racey are in Vietnam and Cambodia and the send their condolences, as do Danie and myself.


Angela Carmichael
11/13/2012 11:35:04 pm

Dear Maureen
I am so very sad to hear of your loss, words can not even begin to describe how sad it makes me feel.
I don't know you personaly but we share the same story ! My husband was a pilot witrh air canada and was diagnosed with GBM in June of 2008, he passed away after 20months in Feb. 2010. He was 50 years old.
I know how hard this has been for you and your family and if you ever want to talk or write to me please do. I know right now is not the time but maybe down the road when the initial could has lifted a bit.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and I pray that you have the strenght to carry on !
With respect and love

Darren Batstone
11/13/2012 11:45:29 pm

I worked with Bill at Harbour Air, and he was highly regarded by all of our team as a true professional, and friend. I regret I cannot attend the service due to prior commitments, but my condolences and prayers go out to Maureen and Bill's family.

Mark and Pauline Jones
11/14/2012 12:52:21 am

We knew Bill from Saltspring Island and as a close friend of Brandon, our son. We send you and your children our heartfelt love and thoughts ... Bill was a wonderful man and will live on in the hearts of all who had the honour of knowing him.

Angela Weeks
11/14/2012 02:47:42 am

We do not know each other personally but our husbands both worked for WestJet and we heard about Bill's struggle with Cancer through the company. Our hearts and prayers are with you Maureen and your children. God Bless

Fritz Reuter
11/14/2012 04:13:34 am

I am at a loss of words . So sad to hear about bill. "full speed towards the light Bill'.
There is no pain in heaven , travel well .....

Linda Keyser and Annick Didier
11/14/2012 12:47:16 pm

Our thoughts go out to your family and to Bill's parents...such a sad time for everyone as Bill was such a special soul with a huge heart for everyone he knew...he will be forever missed.

Scott Stamp
11/15/2012 08:08:00 am

So sad.
Bill and I kept trading emails this summer. He seemed to enjoy the stories of my summers adventures.
A true Gentlemen.

Scott Stamp

Art Booth
11/15/2012 11:43:56 am

Hello Maureen,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, my wife and I will be there on Sunday. I found this poem that I wanted to attach in honour of Bills life as a pilot.
Art Booth

"High flight"

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Ho'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through the footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie McGee Jr (1922 - 1941)

Note: John Gillespie McGee Jr was an American spitfire pilot who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940. He died over Tangmere, Sussex in 1941. He was nineteen.

Jennifer Waterman
11/16/2012 05:23:43 am

Dear Maureen and family,
I am just devastated to hear about the passing of Bill. I worked with Bill a couple of times at WestJet and I can honestly say he was a complete pleasure, and joy to be around. One of my favorite things about Bill was that he truly adored his family. I have kids as well, and he told me about how you had wrapped up little gifts for your children as incentive to behave on the long flight to Hawaii. He beamed when talking about you and his children. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. I am so sorry for your terrible loss.

Dan Boakes
11/17/2012 01:26:18 am

I am sad to learn of Bill's passing. I worked with Bill a number of years at Harbour Air and stayed in touch via email after our flying took us to different companies. He was a wonderful friend and colleague who will be deeply missed. My thoughts and condolences to you Maureen, your children and the entire family.

Dan Boakes, Toronto

Chris Hui
11/17/2012 08:05:24 am

Dear Maureen and family, With a very heavy heart I wish to extend my deepest sympathies on Bill's passing. His battle has touched so many of us in so many ways. I will be flying tomorrow and sadly will miss tomorrow's memorial, but will attend in spirit, and be thinking of you all and remembering Bill while traversing his skies...

Robert Jackson
11/18/2012 01:00:15 pm

Maureen, Alexander and Samantha. Thank-you for the beautiful service today. Bill will be missed.

Rob Jackson

Kylie Ashley
11/18/2012 01:45:29 pm

My thoughts are with you today. I have fond memories of Bill - he was a great guy and I know he will be so missed. Please know our prayers are with you and Alex and Sam. *kylie*

Jamie Molloy
11/19/2012 05:54:20 am

To Maureen,

I am so sorry that I could not be at the service for Bill yesterday. I hear the service was beautiful and very appropriate. Bill would have been proud.
Bill was the person who hired me at Harbour Air and trained me as a dockhand, and then Ramp Manager. He was a great trainer and put his full attention into each job he did, regardless of what it was. I learned a lot from Bill and have used it throughout my career in aviation. He will be missed and my thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sadness.

Debbie McNeil
11/21/2012 10:56:17 pm

I am very sorry to hear about Bill. My condolences to you and your family.


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