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HENDERSON, William John

HENDERSON, William John

Bill passed away peacefully at home on December 28, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Deepdale, Manitoba on February 22nd, 1924 into a long time farming family. His parents were Ross Robert & Grace Evelyn Henderson. He is survived by his loving wife, Joy.

He was honored and proud to join the R.C.M.P. in 1948. He served in N.S., B.C., Yukon & Ontario until 1972 when he moved to Kelowna, B.C.. He then undertook a second career in real estate sales and land development for 12 years.

Bill became the proud father of Lyle born in 1956, Sandra born in 1959 and Teresa born in 1963. He shared his love of the outdoors with his family, taking them camping while the kids were young and shared hunting trips with Lyle when he was older.

Later in his life Bill enjoyed traveling with Joy for over 32 years, first in their R.V. and then to Australia & New Zealand and other destinations in the South Pacific. They often traveled with good friends to Mexico where they stayed for several winters. They also had a wonderful trip to Italy with friends. They were true Snowbirds!

Bill was a charter member of the local R.C.M.P. Veterans and was instrumental in forming this Association. He remained active until late in his life.

Bill thrived on activity, enjoying walking, swimming, skiing, hunting and hiking until late in his 80’s. He was adventurous and always ready for a new challenge. He loved a good practical joke and could tell many entertaining stories of his life and his service in the R.C.M.P.

Bill loved swimming and was at the beach for a long swim as often as he could during the summer. He and Joy walked nearly every day in their neighborhood. No wonder he stayed in such great shape!

Bill is survived by his three children:

Lyle (Cindy) of Whitehorse, Y.T.
Sandra (Roy) of Greenville, S.C.
Teresa (Will) of Kelowna, B.C.
Grandchildren; Adam, Luke, Cassandra, Nicholas, Natalie, Danielle, Ali
Great Grandson Brady

And Joy’s children:
Bryan (JoAnn) of Edmonton, AB.
Michael (Misa) of N. Vancouver, B.C.
Karen (Allan) of Chilliwack, B.C.
Grandchildren: Michelle, Steven, Sarah, Mia, Sera

His sister-in-law Alice, of Phoenix, AZ

Bill was pre-deceased by his brother, Herb, of Phoenix, AZ and his sister, Gladys, of Kamloops B.C.

As requested by Bill, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to, may donate to the Kelowna Hospice Society. Special thanks to Dr. Van de Ross for his compassionate care.

Condolences may sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com


Condolence Messages
  • Jan 04, 2018
    Bill was a true gentleman and a friend that I valued. He will be fondly remembered.
    Dale Brooks
  • Jan 03, 2018
    Thinking of you. Bill certainly knew how to live life and the two of you travelled down the road of many adventures. You have great memories of your life with Bill and hopefully that will help a little in the days ahead. Fay and Jerry Holzer
  • Jan 03, 2018
    Joy, sorry to hear that Bill passed on. Enjoyed many a Sunday morning breakfast with you and Bill. Always enjoyed Bill's company.
    Marie and Barrie
  • Jan 02, 2018
    Joy and Family,
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    The Strong Family
  • Dec 31, 2017
    Joy, and family, so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He certainly was a true gentleman and I enjoyed working with him over the years. He always had time for people and a smile.
    Best Regards.........Bob Baird
  • Dec 31, 2017
    Joy and family, sort to hear Bill has passed on. Thinking of you at this sad time.
    Dale and Pauline Draper
  • Dec 31, 2017
    Joy and family, so sad to hear of Bill's passing. He was one of a kind guy so active and enjoyed life so much. I know Bonnie and I will miss Bill a lot. The hood will never be the same. He was great neighbor and we are thankful to have meet Bill and had him next door for so many years. Rest In Peace Bill we will never forget you. We will watch out for Joy. Gar and Bonnie.
  • Dec 31, 2017
    Joy, very sorry to see that Bill has passed, he was a calm, kind, thoughtful gentleman. It was a pleasure to work with you both over the years. May 2018 and the coming years, surround you with peace, love and health, good friends and good memories.
    Lorne Ayers
  • Dec 30, 2017
    My heart hurts Joy - so many good memories of working with you both, and saying hello in the years since.
    Much love
    Mike Fredrickson
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Joy and family, sincerest condolences to you and yours on Bill's passing. He will be missed.
    Harry Maddocks
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Dear Joy & family
    We are saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Having worked with Bill for many years he really was a true gentleman and his humor and laughter could always make my day. Our sincere sympathy,
    Joe & Sharlene Limberger
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Joy and family I am so sorry that Bill has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you now. Pat Berget
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Joy: I am very sorry to hear of Bill's passing: I enjoyed getting together with him for coffee. the stories were great as was his friendship:
    Bruce Blachford
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Joy and Family, I just want to say how sorry I am to read of Bill's passing. He truly was a gentleman. Take care.
    Gerri Cottle
  • Dec 29, 2017
    Dear Joy and Family.
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Bill was a wonderful human being.
    Please accept my most sincere condolences.
    He has not gone, he has just gone ahead.
    Carol Romanchuk - Capri Travel
  • Dec 29, 2017
    We have been friends of Bill and Joy for many years so we know how much he will be missed, we were proud to be friends with this good man ! we had many good times together and want to offer our sympathy to Joy and his whole family. Fred and Frances Schuler
  • Dec 29, 2017
    Joy, sorry to read of Bill's passing. Our thoughts are with you.
    Hugh Mervyn
  • Dec 29, 2017
    Joy & family, we are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I have so many fond memories of working with Bill many, many years ago at Royal LePage. He was always such a gentleman & so kind & polite, as you were Joy. Always enjoyed seeing you both. We hope that your happy memories will help give you some comfort. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
    Love, Sandra & Randy Zahara
  • Dec 29, 2017
    Joy and family, my sincere condolences on Bill's passing. He was a real gentleman.
    Gord Hoffman
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