William Charles (Bill) Crandall

Bill Crandall was born on May 9, 1917 in Ponoka, Alberta and passed away on April 30, 2013 in Golden, B.C., nine days

before his 96th birthday.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Charlene Olbort; and his son, Duane (Norma), all of Golden. He also

leaves eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, and many nieces and


He is predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Mabel Crandall; all of his siblings, sisters Dorothy Tomlinson and

Alma Noble and their spouses; brothers Roger, Leonard and Clifford Crandall and their spouses; one great-grandchild,

three nieces, and one nephew.

Bill was the fifth child in a family of six siblings who lost their father very early in life. Bill was only three years old. The depression of the 1930’s added to the family challenges in an era when there was little public assistance for a young widow with a large family. In 1928 his mother left Alberta and took her family to Walla Walla, Washington in the hope that they would be able to earn a living picking fruit. When that was not

very successful they moved again in 1929, the beginning of the Great Depression, this time to Bellingham, again in search of better work opportunities. Bill was twelve years old when they moved to Bellingham and he stayed there until 1932 when he turned fifteen. At that young age he made what turned out to be a pivotal decision in his life when he returned to Alberta to work for his uncle Marcus. In addition to providing employment, Marcus and his

family also welcomed Bill into their home. Marcus’s family seemed more like brothers and sisters than cousins to Bill.

Marcus also helped Bill get his start in farming. He started farming on rented land and went on to a life of farming and

home construction in Ponoka, logging and sawmilling in Invermere and Golden, and land development in Golden.

Wedding bells rang for Bill and Barbara (Ogilvie) in 1941 and they joyfully celebrated seventy-one wedding anniversaries. Bill was a long-standing member of the Seventh-day Adventist church and a charter member of the

Golden church.

Music was a very special part of Bill’s family of siblings and he played the banjo most of his life, adding the violin in recent years. His brothers and sisters all had musical talents and Bill benefited from their abilities and experience. During the 1960‘s and ‘70‘s Bill and Barb developed friendships with

many cherished friends in Invermere, and a highlight of their visiting was often playing and singing together. In Golden over the last twenty-five years or so he participated in the Golden Seniors Orchestra. He played with the group as recently as March 21st at Durand Manor in Golden.

Funeral services for Bill were held at the Golden Seniors Centre on May 6 at 1:30 pm. Pastor Frank Johnson officiated

and Hindman-Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

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