DANIEL, ALBERT (BILL) WILLIAM JOHN
August 18, 1919 – August 13, 2014
Bill was born in Cereal, Alberta,
in 1919, the second of five
children to Welsh immigrants,
Albert and Florence Daniel, of
the homesteading community of Buffalo, Alberta. Raised on the
farm through both the prosperous years of the 20’s and the painful, dustbowl years of the Great
Depression, Bill was raised to
face hardships head-on. Like most men of his age, he proudly
enlisted to serve his country in
WW II, bringing all his skills and
mechanical know-how to his role, as a mechanic on
Spitfire aircraft, serving for five years, attached mostly to 412 Squadron, 126 Wing. He met and married Amy,
with whom he had three children: Lloyd, Earl and Ian.
After the war, Bill had so many successful careers, it’s
difficult to count. He was a fisheries officer, owned large Caterpillar bulldozers for road building in northern Alberta, owned a car garage, a taxi business, sold cars and real
estate, repaired microscopes, drove an airport-to-airport courier service and lastly, served with a security firm
at the modern Calgary airport.
Through it all, Bill always had a love of camping and the great outdoors. His trailering years with his wife, Kay, took them from northern British Columbia to Arizona, with lengthy family times in the Kelowna and Squamish areas, making deep and lasting friendships wherever they touched down.
Bill is pre-deceased by his wife, Kay, his two sisters,
Dorothy and Gwyneth, and his friend and life-long
companion, his brother Lloyd. A son, also named Lloyd,
was laid to rest only months ago, as was a grandson,
Byron. His one remaining sister, Marjorie, aches with the loss of her dear brother, Bill. Sons, Earl and Ian, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren will long
remember the influence he had in their lives. He will be dearly missed by friends and family alike, for his wisdom,
his wit and his touching sense of class.
A Memorial Service will be held for his many friends
and family at his home church of Westside Alliance,
2011 Daimler Drive, West Kelowna, at 11:00 am on
Saturday, August 23rd. A luncheon will follow.
Condolences may be sent to the family
by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com