William Donald “Bill” Marlow

British Columbia lost one of its great admirers last week. Bill was born in Toronto, and grew up in Vancouver (Kerrisdale) and Toronto (Etobicoke). His childhood in Etobicoke launched a lifetime of laughter and adventure with a group of friends affectionately known as “The Boys,” who remained an important part of his life right to the end.

In 1976, Bill moved back to B.C. for work, and built his life here. He met Linda in 1978, and not long after that they bought their home in Ocean Park, where they were married, raised two children, and spent countless hours enjoying the yard, and the neighbourhood, together. The tall trees, the backyard owls, and the eagles at Kwomais Point made him so happy.

For nearly 4 decades, Bill travelled around the province where he sold drilling equipment to logging and mining companies. If you were looking for a suggestion for a decent motel, a road trip route, or an introduction to the history and natural resources of this province, he was your guy.

When his kids were young, he was most likely to be found at the ball diamonds and the soccer fields of South Surrey, offering encouragement or volunteering to run the lines or rake the infield. His Suburban made many kid-filled trips to games and tournaments around the Lower Mainland, and across the province.

Over the years, neighbours could spot him washing cars in the driveway, digging dandelions out of the lawn with his screwdriver, riding his bike in Crescent Park, or walking along the tracks from the 1001 Steps. Whatever he was doing, he would always stop for a chat.

Bill was thoughtful, supportive, and goofy. He was a great builder of bonfires, and he fried a mean egg.

He is predeceased by his mother Madge and his father Norm. His wife Linda, children Kathryn and Paul, sisters Peggy and Sharon and their families, along with a wonderful network of longtime friends, are left to remember him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, or The War Amps.

Memorial for Bill Marlow Saturday July 21, 2:30 PM

Sanford Hall, Kwomais Point Park, 1367 128th Street, Surrey

Summer casual

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