William Francis CAVALIER

CAVALIER, William Francis – The family of Bill Cavalier announce with great sorrow his death on Wednesday, March 2nd at Hospice House in Kelowna after a courageous yearlong battle with cancer. Bill was born in Nelson, BC on January 19, 1948 oldest son of William and Mary Cavalier. Bill was blessed with an intellect of the highest order coupled with extraordinary musical abilities. He excelled in school and in music festivals, winning numerous awards. He was an organist at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate in Nelson while still in high school. After graduating from grade 12, he was chosen to join a group of outstanding youths from across Canada to tour North America for several months. It was one of the happiest memories of his life. Bill won a nationwide political essay competition with a trip to New York as the prize. Bill attended Simon Fraser University where he graduated with a first class Honours in mathematics. He worked in the library at Simon Fraser and later as a computer specialist in a Vancouver Hospital. While in his 40’s he took a two- year degree at Okanagan College in electronic engineering with highest honours and interned at the TRIUMF project at UBC Vancouver. Bill eventually settled in Kelowna where he pursued mathematical research and was involved in many activities. As a dedicated member of the New Democratic Party, he worked tirelessly until a few days before his death. He volunteered at St. Theresa’s RC Parish in Kelowna, assisting with computer work and also forming a choir of whom he was organist and choirmaster. Bill is survived by his sister Catherine (Doug) Boseth of Idaho; and his brothers Bob (Brenda) and Don (Irene) both of Nelson, Aunt Anne and cousin Ellie and many nephews and nieces. Bill is also survived by his loving adopted sister Angela Linge of Kelowna, her children David, Rachel and Winnie, and grandchildren Jim, Bonnie, Rebecca, Davy and Liam. Bill was an integral part of the Linge family for 23 years, sharing in the joys and challenges of a large family and loved and respected by all. As teacher of music and computer programming for many years to Bonnie, Rebecca and Davy Linge, he became their special friend and mentor. Two other very special friends are Donna Clark and Shane Ellis, both of whom shared in Bill’s care during the final stages of his illness. The family wishes to thank Dr. Canning, Bill’s friend and family doctor for many years; Dr. Hoegler and Dr. Docherty and the caring and dedicated staff at the Cancer Clinic of Southern Interior; also the staff of Hospice House who provided a place for Bill to rest peacefully at the end of his battle. Following cremation, the funeral service will take place on Monday March 7 at 1:00pm at St. Andrew’s Church, 4619 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna with Rev. Canon. Catherine Hall, Rector, as celebrant. A reception will follow in the church hall. Friends are invited to share memories of Bill at that time. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services 250-860-6440. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting everdenrust.com