WINSLEY, William Arthur. Our Dear Bill and Papa passed away on Nov. 25, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer, at the young age of 67. He is predeceased by his parents, brother and sister. He was born and raised on a sugar plantation in Ewa, Hawaii. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He moved to Canada in 1965, where he worked for various companies and later retired from the City of Coquitlam after 30 years of service. He will be deeply missed by his long time love, Darlene and her daughters, Jen (Jeff) and Jackie (Mike) and his four beloved grandchildren Evan, Mason, Cole and Jada. Bill was the best Stepdad and Grandpa ever and treated Darlene’s family like his own.
He is also survived by his U.S. family, Matt and Michelle (Zack and Leah), Laura-Lynn and Brian (Patrick and Ian), his beloved special Auntie Jean, sister-in-law Marilyn, and his special niece Tammy (Mariah) who was like his own daughter. Also, many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Birch Bay was his sanctuary, his home away from home that brought him many years of peace and relaxation with his family and many friends. He built it especially for everyone to enjoy. Bill lived his life to the fullest every day. He was a very special person and his friends felt very privileged to be a part of his life. He was his grandchildren’s biggest fan and our hero. His infectious smile will never be forgotten. He will be sorely missed but forever in our hearts. Bill’s last request was to have no funeral, but a celebration of life will be held in January and another one in Birch Bay next summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation in his name.