June 14, 1930 – August 22, 2020
Bill Kew passed away peacefully at home on August 22, 2020. He is survived by his wife Heather and children Cathy (Gary), David (Tracy), Harry (Jean), Charlie (Melanie), grandchildren Clint, Sheena, Jared, Taylor, Jonathan, Kelvin, Jamie and 7 great grandchildren.
Bill was born in Salmon Arm on June 14, 1930. He spent his early years farming with his family and honing his dance and piano skills, occasionally playing with a band around the old-time dance halls of BC.
He loved to dance, and those skills paid off when during a stint mining in Kaslo he met the love of his life Heather.
Bill and Heather married in Victoria in 1953. They settled in Duncan raising their four children on a hobby farm he fixed up himself. He later started work at the Crofton pulp mill where he was a locomotive engineer for 27 years.
Bill retired in 1990 and spent his long retirement puttering around the house, tinkering in his workshop, and taking long walks on Somenos Road. He spent almost every summer travelling in their camper through BC, the Yukon, and Alaska. Buttle Lake especially was a place he loved to camp.
Always generous with his time, he also loved to help his children and grandchildren with their projects. He just loved to help people and always seemed to be doing things like giving away one of the Christmas trees he grew to someone that needed one or plowing a neighbor’s driveway with his tractor.
Those that knew Bill will remember him for his humor, charisma and stories. In lieu of a service, the family requests that you raise a glass for Bill and remember a laugh you have had with him.
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