William Peter Tennent McGhee

William McGhee


November 8, 1919 ~ November 18, 2012


William (Bill) McGhee

passed away peacefully

at the Sutherland Hills Rest Home in Kelowna at the age of 93. He is survived by his loving partner of the past

15 years, Verna Lee

Routledge. He leaves

behind three children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. These include

Bill and Shelagh

Lytle-McGhee of Salmon Arm, Patricia McGhee and Spencer Ottens of Kelowna, Mary Jane, David and Rachel Dickie of 100 Mile House, Connor Ottens, Michael,

Veronica, Jasper and Lindsay McGhee of Vancouver.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary Ann (nee Craig),

his brother Donald McGhee of Quatsino and his

sister Margaret MacDonald of Vancouver.


Bill was born in Burnaby, BC, November the 8th, 1919,

parents being Peter and Grace McGhee. He attended

Elementary School and Secondary School

(by correspondence) in Port Alice, where a pulp mill

had been located and where Peter had been hired from

Ireland as the mill accountant, later to become the

manager.  He went on to attend UBC and eventually

graduated with degrees in Science and Forestry. His

program there was interrupted by World War II, during

which he volunteered as a Lt. Commander and Captain

in the Royal Canadian Navy, patrolling the Atlantic

off Bermuda for submarines.


He worked in the forest industry of BC as a professional

forester, most notably as Chief Forester for Crown

Zellerbach, as well as Forest Practices Liaison to the

BC government in the years prior to his retirement. 

He came to Kelowna for a few years to work as Interior Woods Manager, keeping the supply of timber flowing

to local mills. He retired at age 62.


His golf career became legendary well into his 80s,

having previously been club champion at the Vancouver Golf Club, and proceeding, once retired, to score his age

or better over five hundred times, with signed score cards

to prove it.  He had six holes in one, was Senior Champion of BC several times, played on the Canadian team at the World Senior Golf Championships in Colorado Springs

and continued to win golf tournaments in the Super Senior category.  He was a director of the BC Golf Association

and the Senior Championship trophy at the Harvest Golf Club is named in his honour. Other strong interests

included freelance writing, fishing, photography, skiing

and singing in the choir at St. Paul’s United Church.

He was very generous in his charitable donations to

many agencies and sponsored numerous

foster children over the years.





His family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Alexis Thompson, his physician, and to the nurses and care staff

at both the Kelowna General Hospital and the Sutherland Hills Rest Home. Please direct any donations to the

Palliative Care Services at the Kelowna General Hospital. 

Memorial Service is to be announced in the Spring.


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