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BIRKBECK, Cyril William "Bill"

BIRKBECK, Cyril William

With sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, and friend, Cyril “Bill” Birkbeck. After a short illness in hospital, Bill passed away peacefully on March 12, 2017. He was 84. Bill was born to parents Cyril and Helen Birkbeck on October 17, 1932 in Hamilton, ON. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara, and stepdaughter, Rachael Geisthardt Townsend. Bill is survived by his devoted wife, Mona (Yelland); children Tammy, Guy, Paul (Krista) of Toronto; Annika (Al), Christina (Paul), stepson Robert (Allison), all of BC. Bill is also survived by his older brother, Warren, of Burlington, ON. Bill’s grandchildren, 18 in all, were a special delight when they visited and entertained him. Bill had a distinguished career as a Chartered Accountant. He worked with many companies and industries, as well as operating his own business. He was a mentor to many, and enjoyed sitting with young aspiring business men and women while sharing his knowledge and experience. Bill’s unique humour, especially his silly jokes, will be missed by all who knew him. He had a tender heart, and was grateful to God for an abundant and rich life, particularly after the extraordinary success of a double lung transplant 25 years ago. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Bursary & Scholarship Society (COBSS), Kelowna, or the BC Lung Association. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 2nd at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077. The service will also be live streamed.

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Condolence Messages
  • Apr 03, 2017
    Dear Mona, Christina, and family,
    So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Sending you lots of love.
    Marilyn Green
  • Mar 27, 2017
    Dear Mona, we were very sad to hear of Bill's death. Our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Pat and Sharon
  • Mar 24, 2017
    So sorry to hear of Bill's change in health and passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Dawn Stinson (pool).
  • Mar 24, 2017
    Mona, I just heard this morning about your husband passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and sending my sincere condolences.
    Hugs, Donna Wilkins (from the pool)
  • Mar 19, 2017
    Dear Mona, I am so sorry to hear of Bill's death. Please accept my sincere condolences. Gwynneth
  • Mar 18, 2017
    Dear Mona - I'm thinking of your as you grieve the loss of charming and engaging Bill. May loving memories bring comfort and peace.
    Donna Rubadeau
  • Mar 18, 2017
    Mona and Christina; my sincere condolences on Bill's passing. My thoughts are with you and the families at this time. He was a great neighbor and will be missed.
    Ken Chutskoff
  • Mar 17, 2017
    Mona and family; We were saddened to read of Bill's passing. He always impressed us with his quiet and confident demeanour. He was a true gentleman who, we are certain has left all of he family, extended, blended and others with many memories of a kind and respectful man.
    Jim and Chicki Jacques
  • Mar 17, 2017
    Dear Mona,
    We are so sad to hear of your loss. We are praying God will comfort you and fill your heart with peace.
    Love you,
    Neil and Erna Klassen