Businessman and volunteer Bill Bolze passes


Former Red Deer businessman and volunteer leader Bill Bolze died at the age of 92 at Michener Extendicare on Monday.

Bolze, who had many business ventures over the years, was involved in many community organizations and was past president of Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, Central Alberta Insurance Brokers Association, and Central Alberta Real Estate Board.

He chaired the Save Our Station Committee in the early 1990s that helped preserve the historic CPR Station, and was vice chair of the city’s committee for Canada’s 1967 Centennial.

He was involved with the David Thompson Cavalcades that promoted the construction of the David Thompson Highway west from Rocky Mountain House to the Banff-Jasper highway.

Bolze served in the Second World War and received a life-time membership to the Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion for over 50 years of dedication and support to the legion.

Bolze leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Phyllis, his daughter Judy and son Kim.

A viewing will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Following a private interment, a celebration of Bolze’s life will be held at the Red Deer Royal Canadian Legion at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.