We Remember

McCREA, William “Bill” Ralph

December 1, 1953 — October 25, 2021

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and brother-in-law, uncle, and dear friend, William Ralph McCrea. Bill was born in Winnipeg, MB and spent the majority of his midlife in Peachland with his wife of 47 years – Judy – raising their five children. Here, he took pride in living in a house in perpetual renovation, where his late parents Lillian and Kenneth and extended parents, Gladys and Albert were always close by.

Bill “The House Doctor” McCrea was a man who did not stay put for long, as he took pride in travelling for both pleasure and work. He left a trail of coupons, completed renovation projects and countless smiling friends and family. During the last years of his life, Bill and Judy spent much time as snowbirds in Phoenix, Arizona, where they enjoyed playing daily golf, horseshoes and pool games. In his off hours, he could be found talking and playing card games around a propane fire or by their community pool with their fast friends at El Mirage.

Bill had the gift of gab and a heart of gold, always willing to drop anything to offer a helping hand for those he loved, or to attend one of his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.

William is survived by his very large extended family and friends: Judy his wife, whom he met in Penticton, BC and their five children, Chris (Amanda), Dave, Elissa (Scott), Jenn (Fernando), and Laura (Tim). He will forever hold a place in the hearts of his eleven grandchildren, many of whom had the honor as babies of falling asleep to the vibration of their grandfather’s snores. He is also survived by his brothers and sister Greg, Kenny, Pat, Dan, Stewart, Stephen, and Brent; and his extended siblings Darlene and Doug.

A Memorial Service will be held to honor Bill, with Clair Janzen Officiating. It is with great regret that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the number of attendees will be by invitation only. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2021, AT 1:00 PM (PDT) (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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