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BIDEWELL, Rev William "Bill" Hubert

BIDEWELL, Rev  William

February 22, 1931 – November 1, 2021

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing in peace of our dad/grandpa/great-grandpa/brother/uncle; and beloved husband and provider for our mother Irene. Dad was a servant of God and is now in Heaven.

Bill Bidewell will be greatly missed by his loving wife Irene of 68 years of marriage; along with his two daughters, Bonnie (Dave) and Marjorie; his two sons, Bob (Shirley) and Brian (Debbie); and also his sister Gladys Jones (Benny).
Five grandchildren will miss their grandpa; namely Andrew (Melissa), Alana (Ricardo), Jennifer (Shawn), Kimberley (Ryan), and Carson. Nine great-grandchildren are namely; Joshua, Matthew and Emma, Leo and Leia, William "Liam", and Benjamin, Landon and Jaxon.

Bill was born in Calgary, Alberta ninety years ago. He spent his childhood and youth in Calgary until he, with his young bride, departed to Ontario to complete his formal education and degrees at McMaster University. At the young age of four, he became a Christian and thereafter spent the greater part of his eventful life serving the Lord. He has served as a church pastor in several rural churches near Hamilton, Ontario and in Edmonton, Alberta. As a missionary, he served both in East and West Africa with prior language training in Portugal, Spain. During his career in missions, our dad had learned to speak 7 different languages.

In July 1963, Bill completed his missionary work in Africa and returned to Canada with his wife and young family. At that time, cruising was more economical than flying, so we sailed back to Canada on a seven-week journey aboard the Pacific & Orient, S.S. Oronsay. This ship docked in many ports around the world, including India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, China, Japan, and Hawaii. Once back in Canada, Bill was a pastor for years at Laurier Heights Baptist Church in Edmonton, until he began a new Government career as assistant manager of career counselling in St. Paul, Alberta which led him to Vancouver and eventually to Kelowna in 1975.

During dad’s retirement years, he transposed colour/black and white slides and then created a storybook album for each of his children in the format of a photobiography. In these thoughtfully written biographies, he shared events and stories of our childhood adventures. We will be forever grateful for these memories. He also wrote a couple of family history books featuring our older ancestors. A love of ancestry led him to become a member of the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society. For many years, people would contact Bill from the UK, USA and other countries, and it brought him great delight to be able to help others locally and internationally to connect with their own family roots.

Bill’s recreational interests included fishing and camping and if there was a gravel road heading to a lake…we found it! Bill's hobbies included beautiful photography of flowers and nature, reading, model trains and scenery, stained-glass, ceramics, gardening, and stamp collecting.

Bill was a member of The First Baptist Church in Kelowna since 1975. After 45 years, his stained-glass light fixtures still hang in the sanctuary ceiling. At First Baptist, he would lead and speak on various Biblical topics and weekly Bible studies. His amazing and witty sense of humour will be remembered by all who knew him!

The family would like to thank his oncologists, Kelowna Hospice Society and his family physician, Dr. Pavan for all their concern and care. Also, thanks are given to numerous relatives and church friends for their visits and video chats. Our dad is forever with his Lord and Savior. We will always miss him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Baptist Ministries, www.cbmin.org.

A Celebration of Life will be held on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2021, at 1:00 PM (PST), at First Baptist Church, 1309 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream, www.youtube.com/channel/UCw_0zvJ85GLsFEbiAnQtnwQ. No capacity restrictions at First Baptist Church, as proof of vaccination must be provided.

To send the family condolences or get a clickable link to the livestream, please visit his obituary page at www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (click link below).

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/bidewell-rev-william-bill-hubert
Condolence Messages
  • Nov 28, 2021
    Brian, Debbie & Family, Sincere Condolences.
    Dean Priest.
  • Nov 24, 2021
    Sorry for your loss. Our Mom and Dad, Karns and Vi White, were great friends of your dad and mom. Bill spoke at Karns' funeral service and had many funny stories to tell. Surely, they are at the end of that gravel road, fishing away, having great conversations and even greater laughs.
    May your wonderful memories sustain you all.
    John and Diana White
  • Nov 16, 2021
    Brian, Debbie, Carson and Family, my sincere condolences on the passing of your father/grandfather.
    Shirley Hall
  • Nov 13, 2021
    To Irene and family I extend my deepest condolences on the passing of Bill. I met
    Bill during the time I was employed at the Unemployment Insurance office in
    Kelowna. Though we worked in different departments, I always found Bill to be a very pleasant, caring and interesting person to listen to and associate with when breaks afforded that opportunity.
    Wilf Petkau
  • Nov 12, 2021
    When we lived in Kelowna and I was part of the Kelowna Genealogical Society, Bill was always a beacon of knowledge and wisdom to help each of us in chasing our family histories. I looked forward to having Bill attend our meetings. My condolences to family and friends of Bill.
    Wray McDonnell, Vernon.
  • Nov 11, 2021
    I had the pleasure of knowing Bill through the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society - he contributed so much to the development and growth of this organization! Thank you, Bill, for your many years of volunteer work - we will certainly miss you as a member. Now you will be reunited with your ancestors in Heaven and finally find the answers to your family history mysteries! My condolences to Bill’s family - you have lost a remarkable father, husband and grandfather! Claire Smith-Burns, Kelowna
  • Nov 11, 2021
    So very sorry for your loss. Bill was such an interesting man. Arthur and I always enjoyed being his company. My deepest sympathies. Susan Riddell
  • Nov 11, 2021
    Brian and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Treasure the memories. Godspeed Mr.B.
    Steve and Colleen Richardson
  • Nov 11, 2021
    Dear, Brian, Debbie and family
    So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He sounds like an amazing person.
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Ken and Sharon Davis
  • Nov 11, 2021
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Nov 11, 2021
    To Brian, Debbie & family - We are sorry to hear of the loss of you dad - sending love & light to you all - Heike & Michael xo
  • Nov 10, 2021
    Brian I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I can remember when we were young and he referred to my street bike as a flying jack ace lol and I think he really meant it. My thoughts are with you my friend.
  • Nov 10, 2021
    To the Bidewell family, with my sincere condolences during this sad time of your loss. I knew Bill very well for many years, through our shared interest in family history research and our involvement with the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. I enjoyed our chats, as we compared notes about our "Spain" family ancestors in England and consider myself fortunate to have known and worked with him. Bill will be sorely missed by many. Please know that you are in my thoughts as you mourn his passing..
    Bob Hayes
  • Nov 10, 2021
    Irene, Marj, Bonnie, Bob and Brian,
    Please accept my deepest of condolences for the loss of your dad. I have fond memories of my time with your family at Christmas. So grateful for the times you welcomed me into your family. May your dad now rest.
    With Love Sonia Withers
  • Nov 10, 2021
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. May Mr. Bidewell rest in peace. Bob and Marje Lybacki and Family.
  • Nov 10, 2021
    Bob and all family members, condolences to you on the passing of your Dad. I just read his obit. 90 is a long life but it sounds like he enjoyed every minute of it. Many achievements to be proud of. Trusting your staying safe in Sointula.
    David Langton
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