July 10, 1936 – July 29, 2020
The family of William E. (Will) Amiss sadly announce he has lost his long, hard-fought battle. Will passed to the other side peacefully at home July 29th, 2020, with his wife of 63 years at his side, just as he wished.
Will was born July 10, 1936 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. At an early age the family moved to Saskatoon, Sask. where he schooled and grew up with his three siblings.
At age 18, after completing his apprenticeship as an optician he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. He was assigned to the galley of the WRENS residence where he met his wife Marian, who was also serving in the R.C.N. They were married in the Naden Chapel in June of 1957. On his discharge Will and the family moved to Quesnel on a temporary basis not expecting a lifelong commitment. Quesnel became home.
Will’s great passion was working with young people for more than 25 years coaching and managing Minor Hockey, Little League and Babe Ruth teams as well as working with the many sports activities of his own family and coaching commercial hockey.
He retired from Cariboo Pulp and Paper in 2000 when his “home away from home” became the golf course or hockey arena. In his “off time” Will was a skilled woodworker.
Will was a 55+ year member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 94. He will be remembered for his sense of humour which he kept until his final hours, and for mentoring many young persons through his wisdom, sports and friendship.
Will leaves behind his wife Marian, sons Steve, Brian (Marnie), daughter Lesli Hildebrand (best friend Keith), sister Karen (Howie), nephew Billy (Deb), niece Tracy and his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family wish to thank the ER staff and doctors at GRB for the wonderful care these past 3 years. Our thanks and gratitude to Drs. Ajemba, Furstenburg and Dr. Olson and staff at Northern BC Cancer Clinic for their kind and devoted care to Will and his family.
Thanks to Amanda and her Community Nursing team, entire pharmacy team at Shopper’s. You were all so caring, helpful, patient and kind. Our deepest thanks to our many friends who have helped and supported us through our difficult journey. At this time we would also like to thank everyone for their calls, cards, condolences and kindness.
Due to Covid 19 a Celebration of Life will be postponed to a later, safer time when time and date will then be announced.
If you wished to honor Will by way of donation in lieu of flowers, Quesnel Minor Hockey, the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 94 or charity of choice, would be most appreciate.Obituary-
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