It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, William (Bill) A. Nielsen, on Friday, April 25th, 2014, at the age of 73. Bill will be forever missed by his devoted wife, Linda, children, Bill Jr. (Karen), Karen and Tracy, Michael, Brian, Sylvia (Quinton) and Steven (Leah), as well as Linda’s sons, Derrick (Angela) and Todd (Joanne). Left to honor him and carry on his legacy are his cherished grandchildren, Benjamin and Amber, Zach and Danae, Tanner, Jessica, Patrick and Mackenzie, Noah (Meg) and Maddi, Jesse, Joel and Aliesha, and Aidan. Bill will also be fondly remembered by his brother and sisters, many nieces and nephews and treasured friends. Bill is predeceased by his parents, older brother, Rudy, and wives, Margaret and Jean. Bill was born in Montreal in 1940, the 4th of 7 children. His childhood years were spent creating fun (and mischief) despite few resources. After high school, Bill traveled all over North America (on a dollar a day!) before settling down to a job at Fina, a wife and children. In 1977, Bill moved his family to Fort McMurray when he took a job at Syncrude. The move brought new adventures, opportunities, challenges and many lifelong friendships. After Jean’s cancer diagnosis, Bill took early retirement and forged new ground, literally, in Lacombe where many, many hours were spent carving out trails in which he took great pride. Always a determined, accomplished and inspiring athlete, in 2008 Bill achieved his goal of running 100 marathons, many under 3 hours, despite the onset of Parkinson’s disease in 2000. In recent years, Bill and Linda spent their winters in Arizona where Bill played tennis and Linda spoiled him rotten. After a short but valiant battle, and, with his sense of humor still intact, Bill succumbed to pancreatic cancer knowing he was loved by so very many. A memorial service for Bill will be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Saturday May 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Bill left explicit instructions for you to “get off your wallet” and donate to either the Parkinson’s Society or to the Red Deer Hospice.
Condolences may be made by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM
serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements.
Phone: 403.782.3366 or 403.843.3388
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