WESLEY, WILLIAM OSCAR, CD Went peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the age of 93. William was born on May 13, 1922 in Weymouth, Digby County, Nova Scotia to Beatrice and William Wesley. He had one brother and two sisters. William leaves to mourn him daughters Mary Anne (Bevin) in Oshawa, ON, Betty (Henry) in Richmond Hill, ON, Carol in Lincoln, NB, Brenda-Lee (Ron) in Kelowna, BC and sons: William (Judy) in Minnedosa, MB, John (Rose) in Lake Country, BC, 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was sadly predeceased by his parents and his brother and two sisters, his wife of 69 years, Sylvia, their son, Frederick and grandson David. William served in the Canadian Armed Forces from December 4, 1942 to
November 19, 1945 (war time service) and served again from March 17, 1952 in RCEME as an aircraft mechanic
and was Honourably Released on November 8, 1972.
He served in England, North Africa, Italy, Belgium,
Holland, France in war time and participated in the
Victory Parade in Berlin. He received the following
Orders, Decorations and Medals for his World War II
service – 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France and
Germany Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Armed Forces’ Decoration and Clasp. After living in many Canadian Armed Forces Bases across Canada, William decided to move his family to
Kelowna, BC after retiring from the Canadian Armed
Forces where he has resided from 1972 until his passing.
In Kelowna, he was employed by Sun-Rype Products and B.C. Tree Fruits from 1973 to 1984 as a mechanic. William had a wonderful sense of humor and was often found in his workshop building wooden toys for his grandchildren, whirly gigs and various other handcrafted wooden items and was known as a ‘William of all trades’. He loved to hook rugs, paint and had an incredible garden. He was a generous man who donated funds to a number of charitable organizations. He thought so highly of his neighbors on Sheila and Stanley Crescent and was often seen visiting with
them at the community mailbox. The family would like
to thank Doug, Heather and the thoughtful staff at Fernbrae Manor where William resided for 7 months. He made so many friends at Fernbrae Manor in such a short period of time. The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and care aides at Kelowna General Hospital on 2 East as well as Dr. Whiting and the wonderful nurses and care aides at Cottonwoods Short Stay for William’s care. A celebration of William’s life will be held on November 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road with Pastor Glen Madden officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelowna Legion
Branch 26, 1380 Bertram Street, Kelowna (250) 762-4117 in William’s name.
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by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com