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CHAHLEY, William “Bill”

Our beloved Bill Chahley, at 91 years, went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2020. He leaves behind his loving wife Anne Chahley; daughter Sharon (Ed) Trautman, his grandchildren Jared, Warren, and Kevin Trautman, and his great-grandchildren Liam, Finn, and Parker; his daughter Diane (Gary) Russell, his grandchild Jennifer Derksen, and his great-grandchildren Aria and Beckam; his daughter Lorraine (Dale) Gruber, his grandchildren Adam, Mark, and Brett, and his great-grandchildren Jax and Mya, Bennett and Harper, and Theodore and Quinn; his daughter Rhonda (Rob) Sali and his grandchildren Mackenzie, Taylor Anne, and Gracelynn; as well as his brother Michael (Beth) Chahley, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents George and Mary Chahley; brothers John, Steve, and George; sisters Katie Kosowan, Dora Kozback, and Elsie Chahley.

Born in Smoky Lake, Alberta, Bill moved at a young age with his family to the Ukrainian rural farming community of Yellow Creek – Spirit River. There he grew up, met his love Anne at a dance, married, and began family life. During these years, Bill was a grain farmer and a truck driver until he found his passion/talent for building. In 1967 Bill and Anne and their four daughters moved to Kelowna, BC where he would continue to hone his skills as a builder. He built many houses both in Alberta and BC during his working years, including seven for his own family. Over time, finishing carpentry became his expertise and his work was always highly respected for its excellence. Once Bill retired, he enjoyed grandchildren, great-grandchildren, golfing (often with the grandchildren), travelling (Mexico being his favorite), square dancing, socializing with his many friends, and especially spending quality time with his large family. Amidst many health concerns and much physical suffering in his last years, Bill’s quiet strength sustained him as he continued to be the honored patriarch of his 37-member loving family. He will be deeply missed but his legacy of living an example of moral character and love will remain with us forever. The family wishes to sincerely express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Erasmas and the medical team on 3East at KGH for their exceptional care and compassion. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 10:00 am at St. Charles Garnier Parish, 3645 Benvoulin Rd, Kelowna, BC, with Father Wayne Pfliger officiating, with interment to follow in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Due to the current pandemic restrictions, it will be by invitation only. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca. 

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(Invitation Only) Friday, July 31, 2020, at 10:00 am

St. Charles Garnier Parish

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The service for CHAHLEY, William “Bill” is scheduled for (Invitation Only) Friday, July 31, 2020, at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Charles Garnier Parish

3645 Benvoulin Road Kelowna, BC


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  • George Smith says:

    Sorry to see this. Bill and I knew each other only casually, on the golf course, and at church we would press shoulders. My sympathies to the family.

  • Romain & Annette Pelletier says:

    Our sincere condolences to Anne & family, we remember Bill for his quiet & pleasant presence.

    • RoseAnn Forster says:

      To you Anne and your family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your husband. Be strong. God bless you all.
      God bless.

  • Judy Weisgerber says:

    My sincerest sympathy to Anne and family. Judy Weisgerber.

  • Sonya Toews says:

    So sorry to hear of Bills passing. Sending deep sympathy to you Anne and your whole Family.
    Love Sonya

  • Donna Van de Mosselaer says:

    Anne – my condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

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