HENDERSON, William James “Bill”, also known in the logging industry as “Granny”, passed away at Durand Manor in Golden, BC on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the age of 87 years.
Bill was born at Golden, BC on October 21, 1928, and was a lifetime resident of the Golden area.
On April 24, 1948, Bill married the love of his life, Pearl Millicant McCaull. Together they raised their children and resided in Donald, Kaslo, Parson before settling in Golden.
Bill worked in the logging industry for many years before partnering with his 3 brothers in Henderson Bros. Logging and Henderson Heavy Hauling. Upon selling their companies in 1973 he worked for the Golden School District as a bus driver and maintenance worker. In 1976 Bill and Pearl purchased the Nicholson store and renamed it Southside Grocery. While still operating the store, Bill was offered a temporary position supervising logging with Evans Forest Products and then a full-time position as Area Supervisor. Pearl managed the store until it was sold. He retired from his full-time position as Area Supervisor then accepted a part-time position as Bush Harbour Master until 1991 when he fully retired.
Bill inherited the love for the game of curling from his family and curled until the age of 85. He played with the Golden Old-timer’s hockey, as well as coaching his son’s teams. Later he drove bus for minor hockey and the Golden Jr. Rockets. He was an avid fan of the Golden Jr. Rockets missing very few home games. Bill donated many hours of driving groups to their activities over the years.
Bill had a passion for family, a strong work ethic and inherited a gift of working with his hands. He spent many hours camping, fishing and traveling with family and friends, listening to music and dancing.
A Golden heart stops beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
Bill is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Pearl; children, Bill (Debbie), Dale (Ryelee), Adele (Vince) Simonson, Lois (Paul) Ricard, Shelley (Doug), and Gary (Sandy); Grandchildren, Cory, Tanis, Ryan, Dano, Marty, Tammy, Sonya, Tricia, Kristy, Ryan, Tyson, Sarah, Tracy and Jamie; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, sisters Louise Jackson and Maxine (Russ) Romano.
Predeceased by his Parents Bill and Evva, Brothers: Bruce, Chick, Hub, Sister Kaye Soles and infant daughter Velma
A celebration of Bill’s life was held at the Golden Mount 7 Rec Plex on Saturday, May 7th. If so desired, contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Online condolences may be sent through Bill’s obituary at www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com
Arrangements were in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, BC.