WILLIAM PETER TENNENT 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.
A GREAT JOB DAD, A LIFE WELL LIVED,
AND YOU ARE MUCH LOVED.
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.
Condolences may be sent to the family
by visitingwww.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077.