July 10, 1918 – August 16, 2020
Born July 10, 1918 on a farm in Kealey Springs, Saskatchewan, the fourth born of Rodion and Vera Kriwokon’s eight children. Bill passed away peacefully on August 16, 2020, at Fir Park Village, after 102 years of a remarkable life.
Bill left the farm and moved to British Columbia in 1934 where he mostly worked on farms doing various jobs such as milking cows, cultivating potatoes and delivering milk.
He left BC for a brief period of time and went to work on a farm in Govan, Saskatchewan where he met his first wife Jessie and eventually married her in 1939. They moved back to BC where Bill went back to work on a farm milking cows.
In 1940 during the government conscription for the defense of Canada, Bill was classified as LS (Limited Service) because of an existing back injury. He was sent to work for Boeing Aircraft located on Sea Island and trained as an Aerial Mechanic working as a riveter and fitter.
After the war ended Bill worked for various mills, had a sheep farm, became a faller and cut shake blocks during the slack times. Bill was forced to retire from falling in 1979 after being struck by a limb while falling a tree.
He lived in Victoria until 2017 then moved to Port Alberni to be closer to family.
Hunting was an integral part of Bill’s life. He hunted for various animals but enjoyed moose hunting the best. He enjoyed long drives and has been known to drive from Port Alberni to Prince George for a coffee and then turn around and head back home.
Bill also enjoyed growing a garden especially garlic which was his favorite.
Predeceased by his first wife Jessie May; sons Leonard and Bill Jr.; daughter-in-law Hana; daughter Thelma; brothers John and Victor; and sisters Susie and Annie.
Left to remember Bill is his wife Norma; daughters Wilma and Vera (Mike); son Norman (Dianne); brothers Henry and Walter; sister Mary and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Appreciation goes to Dr. J. Smit and the staff at Fir Park Village for the care and compassion given to Bill and family while Bill was in their care.
A graveside gathering of remembrance for Bill will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery, in Port Alberni, at a later date.
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