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PRYCE, William (Bill)

PRYCE, William (Bill)

December 27, 1930 – December 15, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our family patriarch William (Bill) Sanderson Pryce II after a brief illness. Dad peacefully departed December 15, 2021 surrounded by his loved ones, to join his beloved wife Doreen just 12 days shy of his 91st birthday.

Dad was born in Dundee Scotland on Dec 27, 1930 to William Sanderson I and Agnes Pryce (nee Thomson) and was the eldest of the 3 sons. He grew up through the sacrifices of World War II.

Following his grade school years, Dad began schooling to become an Auto Mechanic. Following the completion of this training, he was conscripted (at 21 yrs) into the Royal Air Force February 4, 1952. He served the compulsory two years at R.A.F Station Waterbeach, England leaving the Air Force February 27, 1954 as a Corporal with an excellent service record.

He returned to Dundee working in Auto repair shops until he immigrated to Canada. November 1, 1957 at 26 yrs he boarded the passenger liner The Empress of Britain out of Liverpool England and sailed to Montreal Quebec where he then boarded a train to Winnipeg Manitoba to stay with relatives Bill & Lillis Taylor and his brother Ian. He quickly adapted to working & living in Winnipeg and made many wonderful lifelong friends.

The local Winnipeg hangout spot was a diner where he met his beloved Doreen. They married in May 1960 and stayed in Winnipeg for the next 7 yrs working and expanding the family.

In the summer of 1967 the family moved to Kelowna, briefly living in the Mission on Capozzi rd then downtown on Lawson ave. Mom first worked at the Eaton’s store on Bernard Ave then worked for BC Tel on St Paul Street and Dad started working as a mechanic/machinist at Pandosy Machine Shop.

In 1971 he and Mom bought 4 acres in North Glenmore. He worked as a mechanic during the day and took night school classes learning how to build a house. And, he did build the family home and provided us with a wonderful, rural, happy upbringing with dogs, cats, horses, chickens, dirt bikes, skidoos and weekend shinny hockey games with the neighbours at the nearby pond and many camping trips.

In the mid 70’s Dad started P & P Import Auto repair shop with Fred Paine for several years. Afterwards he worked at Castle Nissan, Carter Honda then retired from Don Folk in 1984. We know he continued to enjoy making his rounds to visit his friends in the auto and machine shop industries around town.

When Mom retired from BC Tel in 1996 they enjoyed winters in Yuma Arizona, trips to Europe and Maui and many cruises to different parts of the world.

When Mom passed in 2006, Dad continued to live independently for many years. He really enjoyed his weekly outings for Pub Steak Sandwiches and Fish & Chip meals followed by several games of pool which he usually won!

Dad had a great sense of humour and enjoyed forwarding on jokes via email to friends and family.

Dad is predeceased by his loving wife Doreen, his brothers Ian (New York) and Graham (Dundee), his nephew Bill (Dundee), his brothers-in-law Mike Davidchuk and Milton Olineck and many long time friends abroad and across Canada.

He is survived by his sons Terry (Barb), Bill (Carmen), daughter Kim, grandkids Ken, Lisa, Matthew and Emily plus sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews across Canada.

The family would like to thank Dr Williams, the Nurses and Support Staff at the Kelowna Hospice House for the wonderful attentive care he received. Special thank you to Palliative nurse Kim for your assistance and kindness to Dad.

Dad requested no service. The family will have a private interment at the Kelowna Memorial Park in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, we would ask for donations to be made in his name to The Salvation Army and/or The Central Okanagan Hospice House. These were his wishes. Thank you.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com

Link: www.everdenrust.com
Condolence Messages
  • Dec 31, 2021
    Oh Kim, ! I just saw this, and am so sorry. I loved chatting with your Dad. He was such a fun man. A great personality and great humor. Sending love to you all and hugs. I have very fond memories. Joanne Willmott
  • Dec 29, 2021
    Kim, Bill, Terry and families, your Dad would be so proud of the beautiful tribute you have given especially the photograph where he is wearing full highland dress in your families clan tartan. (He would love it!). I will miss all the daft jokes. So sad.
    Margaret Leaburn.
  • Dec 27, 2021
    To the Family of Bill Pryce
    I (We) were neigours of the family of the Pryces and I Al. Hanet want to add my
    conolences to them tof the Loss of Bill,
    We had many good memories of them and I am very sorry to hear of His Passing.
    Al. Hanet Kelowna.
  • Dec 26, 2021
    So sorry for your loss Bill. Your Dad was such a nice man. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Rozanne Baptiste
  • Dec 25, 2021
    Kim: Sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you during this heart breaking time. I did not know your Dad but loved your Mom, she was a Sweetheart and I loved working with her. Now they are together again.
    Marjorie Neigum
  • Dec 25, 2021
    Bill will be keeping good company in Kelowna Memorial Cemetery. Next to Doreen and back to back with the Armstrongs. Sorry for your loss.
    Briony Cardiff (Armstrong)
  • Dec 24, 2021
    Kim, Sending you our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad Bill. We will always remember your dad who always found a new joke to share while we rode the elevator with him. Such a kind man, Laraine & Dale Tellman
  • Dec 24, 2021
    To the Pryce family our thoughts are with you at this time. Your dad and I go back over fifty years and I can honestly say that he was a very special person. We worked together at Robertson Motors and Burnell Motors in Winnipeg then in Kelowna. He always had a joke or story to tell and most of the time had you in stitches. My favourite was when we were eating our lunch one day and he said “look at this, cheese again”. I said to him Bill why don’t you ask Doreen to make you something different. He replied it’s ok Ian I make my own lunch I just like to complain. That was his very dry Scottish humour.I will ever forget him. Ian Robertson.
  • Dec 24, 2021
    My deepest condolences to Kim, Terry, Bill and family.
    I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing.
    His great sense of humor and jokes he told around the neighborhood
    will be deeply missed.
    May he rest in peace.
    Judy Helmer.
  • Dec 23, 2021
    Bill Jr and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Jo-Ann Bartz
  • Dec 23, 2021
    To Bill Jr, Terry, Kim and all the family go my sincere sympathy at the loss of my brother-in-law who was like a brother to me. I enjoyed many stories and jokes
    by e-mail from him and was always glad to hear from him. He was much loved and will be missed.
    Alice Davidchuk.
  • Dec 23, 2021
    Our deepest Sympathy on your loss, We will cherish the memories of Uncle Bill.
    Neil and Roseanne Pryce
  • Dec 23, 2021
    R.I.P. Bill
    Thank you for your service.
    Sincerely Rick V
  • Dec 23, 2021
    our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Dec 23, 2021
    Met Bill some years ago when he visited Dundee on a visit to see Graham his brother my father-in-law he was such a lovely generous man, there has been a lot happened since that first visit but Bill has alway remained close in our heart may he rest in peace, our thoughs and sympathy are with Bill's family, love Madge & Steven from Bonnie Dundee
  • Dec 22, 2021
    Bill and family, so very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. Our sincere condolences. We would all enjoy his visits to the shop to check up on us and make sure we were doing things right.I’m sure it was at least 30 years of keeping an eye on us “young fellas” He always had a joke or two for everyone and always left us smiling and laughing. A true gentleman! He will be missed!
    Kevin Kellerman and all the “kids” at Okanagan Engine
  • Dec 22, 2021
    Condolences to Bills children and little ones. I am saddened that he is no longer with us. Doreen was my bridesmaid and she and Bill married the following weekend. Life long memories, filled with much laughterLove Belva (Smith) Polson and Roger
  • Dec 22, 2021
    Rest in peace Bill. We will all miss your sense of humour.
    Richard and Maureen Shepherd
  • Dec 22, 2021
    Bill,sorry for your loss. your dad was a great guy to work with,helpfull and kept us smiling all the time
    Wayne Hatcher
  • Dec 22, 2021
    Sincere condolences to the family on Bill's passing. He was a valued employee during his time at Carter Motors (Honda) and truly was quite the character in the shop. He always had some time for the younger generation when we hung out at the garage. He will be missed especially at this time of year. Cherish your memories.
    Barry & Greg Carter
  • Dec 22, 2021
    I am so sorry to read this. I first met Bill at the Honda dealers on the highway in the 60's/70's. I used to enjoy talking to Bill when I would bump into him occasionally. I remember Doreen and he as being a nice loving happy couple. Bill seemed lonely without Doreen. Me being from England we would always have a good chat and a chuckle as we put the world to right. I have wondered about Bill lately having not seen him for quite awhile. My sympathies go out to his family, he was a nice man. Judith Wagner
  • Dec 22, 2021
    Bill, so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Keep all your wonderful memories close to your heart.
    Judy Elderkin Krissler
  • Dec 22, 2021
    So sorry for your loss our thoughts are with your family at this time.
    Love Troy and Marnee Saklofsky