William Meredith  â??Billâ? BLACKEY

passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 27, 2008 at the age of 89.  He is survived by his loving wife Joan of 62 years: daughters: Lynne Clayton (Robert) of Blind Bay, Kathy McRae (Ken) of Kelowna, Sandra Blackey (Sean Spekat) of Burnaby; son Bill (Lisa) of Vernon; grandson: Chris Clayton (Tiffany) and great grandchildren Benjamin and Hayley; granddaughters Lindsey and Sarah McRae, grandsons Sam Blackey (Nancy), Chad Blackey (Rachelle) and great granddaughter Irelynn and step-great grandson Keaton; granddaughter Crystal Langdon (Nathan); step-grandchildren: Brady Beaudry, Jayme Beaudry, Marie Beaudry and step great grandson Preston, as well as Bill’s sister Zelda Frayne of Victoria.  Bill and Joan were long-time residents of Osoyoos, where he was were active member of the Lions Club and the  Borderline  Model Airplane Flying Club.  He and Joan moved to Kelowna in 1995, where he enjoyed many happy years with family, friends, and the Kelowna Model Airplane Flying Club.  Thank you to all his friends, neighbours and colleagues who so enriched his life. A very special thank you to Dr. M.Koss for his support and guidance throughout these last years. Thank you for the excellent care from all the staff at KGH and Cottonwoods React Ward when Dad was ill for 3 months this spring. His youthful spirit outwitted his 89  year old body for a few more precious months of life.  Our family would sincerely like to thank Missionwood Retirement Resort for creating such a wonderful home environment for Mom and Dad. The thought of returning home to the staff, the residents, the wonderful meals and activities inspired Dad daily to get well this spring. Our parents could not have managed at home without the very professional, loving support from Advocare. Thank you for being there for all of us. Dad considered these last 5 months at home in Missionwood a time to reflect on the good life he has had with heart-filled appreciation.

“Dad, we were blessed to have you in our lives.”

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