It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Lohr after a short battle with cancer. He died the way he learned to live: with acceptance, perspective, humour, gratitude and an open heart.
Bill is survived by his wife Angie, his sister Betty (Tim) and his family: his three daughters Trish (Vineet, Chetan, Nisha), Kathryn (Eric, Kaitlyn, Karina) and Suz (Chris, Theo, Tate) his sons Paul and Michael, Mom Dobel and Rick (Lorrie) Dobel. He is predeceased by his Father Ed, his Mother Greta and his sister Joey.
Bill grew up on the family farm in Morris, Manitoba. As an adult, he took over the farm, but eventually left for Winnipeg to work as a crop adjuster. He explored his two great passions – golf and food – as well as his love for travel and adventure. He learned to scuba dive, backpacked through Asia, jumped out of an airplane, ate bugs and crashed a motorcycle in Thailand.
His first marriage was not meant to be but the five children Kathleen Murphy brought into it changed his life, and he changed theirs. These kids taught Bill how to hug. He taught them how to make good choices. They all taught each other to love. Over the years Bill was a constant and loving presence in the lives of his kids and his grand-kids. The time they had together was a gift.
Bill was always grateful for the 12 step program he practised. His sobriety was a 28 year long journey that ultimately brought him the enormous benefits of connection and community. The friends he made in his home groups in Winnipeg and Peachland were like family to him.
In 2006 Bill married Angie, the love of his life. He loved her for her incredible strength, her fierce independence, her boundless energy and her unquestioning selflessness. Bill and Angie spent their last ten years together making a new life in Kelowna, BC. They shared many adventures including a brief stay in Mexico, where they considered living until Bill’s illness brought them back to Kelowna, their beautiful and chosen home.
Bill was truly one of a kind. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Outreach in Kelowna (www.hopeoutreach.com select ‘donate’ then ‘Go Fund Me’).
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Refreshments and food to follow service.
The family would like to thank the incredible nurses at Palliative Care and COHA who helped Bill
towards the end of his life.
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The service for LOHR, Bill is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.