HEMMETT, WILLIAM (BILL)
Passed away peacefully on February 22, 2013, age 92.
Survived by Marjorie, his wife of 73 years, sons; Rob(Pam) of Richmond B.C., Ray(Patti) of Kamloops, B.C, daughter
Janyce Chmelka(Ken) of
Colorado Springs, Co.,
six grandchildren; Shannon, Cameron, Darryl, Jeffrey,
Colin and Conor. Born in Moose Jaw, Sk, Bill and
Marj moved to Kelowna
in 1946, Bill became a
well-known and respected businessman in Kelowna’s
earlier years. His inventive
and creative nature led him to a variety of business
ventures including: owning a machine shop, gold mining
at Cherryville, crushing cars and moving scrap iron,
instructor at Okanagan College and rebuilding antique
engines. His work was his hobby and he worked right up
to his final days. He was well known for his mastery of
machining and was a constant source of advice to
friends and colleagues in the automotive industry.
There will be a gathering for family and friends at the
Hemmett’s, 1845 Watson Road, on Saturday, March 2,
2013 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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