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Russell, Bill

September 2, 1928 — October 20, 2011

With deep sadness, his family announces the passing of William (Bill) Ernest Russell (born September 2, 1928 in Melita, Manitoba).  Following a heart attack, he peacefully went to be with the Lord on October 20th, 2011.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 52 years, Bev Russell (Snyder); his children: Laurie (Russell) & Darcy Smith of Kelowna, Leslie Russell from Toronto, David and Sandra (Peters) Russell of Peachland, and his grandchildren: Mallory Smith & Jan Kloch, Riley and Taylor Smith all of Kelowna, Jessi and Coral Russell of Peachland; his brother, Jack Russell and Irene Swarck of Winnipeg, Manitoba; brothers-in-law: Cliff Snyder & Wilma Mallo of Melita, Manitoba, Ron & Marie (Nickoriuk) Snyder of Red Deer, Alberta, Clark & Melba (Wood) Snyder of Melita, Manitoba, Pete & Lois (Fournie) Snyder of Acme, Alberta, Frank Snyder & Christine Lea of Oakville, Ontario, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by parents, Ervin (Pat) and Glory Russell; brother, Gordon; and sisters-in-law, Lois (Reynolds) Snyder and Marie (Innis) Russell.

Bill’s first priority was always his family.  Bev was his soul mate, his best friend and his biggest supporter.  He always attended the school programs, recitals, sports events, etc. of his children and grandchildren.  Bill loved to just spend time with family and was so proud of each of their achievements.  He was an electrical contractor in business for 43 years in Melita, Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan, until his retirement.  Church and community involvement through many organizations kept Bill very busy along with operating the business.  When he retired in 1995, Bill and Bev began spending winters in Kelowna and permanently retired to that beautiful city in 2001.  He carried on his volunteering at church, in the neighborhood and community.  Bill helped to build his son and daughter-in-law’s home in Peachland four years ago.  He learned to swim at age 70 and went for a hot-air balloon ride at 80.  He never lost his curiosity as to how things worked.  Bill always needed to be busy and we are happy he was able to do all the things he loved to do until the end. We loved him and will miss him.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  A Service and interment will be held in Melita, MB in the Spring 2012.  Time and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to:

  • ·                the Melita Personal Care Home, Melita, Manitoba, ROM ILO,
  • ·                the Kelowna Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 22087, Capri P.O., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9N9,
  • ·                or a place of your choosing.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Trinity Baptist Church

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The service for Russell, Bill is scheduled for Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Trinity Baptist Church

1905 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Sue Koch says:

    Laurie, Darcy and family. I meet you Dad while we were renovating at Quest Martial Arts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sue Koch and Family

  • Barb & Boyd Robertso says:

    Bev & Family: We were so shocked to see in the paper that Bill had passed away. We offer our deepest sympathy to you and family. Bev as you are well aware Bill and I have a long and fond relationship from many years ago when we were both young and single. Not only did we board at the same place but we spent a lot of free time together and those memories will live for ever. The picture in the obituary is so like the Bill we will all remember. Please lets us know when a date has been decided for internment at Melita as we would really like to be there. The relationship I had with Bill was so cherished nad I will never forget happy times we had together. He was a very special individual and those of us who can call him a friend are so much richer by the experience. We will sure be with you, in spirit, to-morrow.

  • Helen & Cheryl, says:

    I was very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing in the paper. I know that his family was so important to him. I know you will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Sincere sympathy from your old coaches-Helen Cassan (Hastings) and Cheryl (Loeppky) Cassidy

  • D & I Southam says:

    Bev and Family,
    So sorry to hear of
    Bill’s sudden passing. He will be remembered by those of us fortunate to
    have met him, as one who gave generously of his time and talents.His
    life made a difference and he will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Doug & Isabelle Southam

  • D & I Southam says:

    Bev and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s sudden passing. He will be remembered by those of us fortunate to have known him, as one who gave generously of his time and talents. His life made a difference and he will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Doug and Isabelle Southam

  • Dick & Helen Harmon says:

    Bev & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. We all have fond memories of Bill and Dick has often talked about the trip he took with him & Gord to Mexico.
    We will see you at the committal in the spring.

  • Dick & Helen Harmon says:

    Bev & Family
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Bill. He was a great person and Dick often talks about the trip, he,Gord & Bill made to Mexico int he 50s
    OUr deepest sympathy
    Dick & Helen Harmon

  • Bonnie Eldred says:

    Bev and family: Dennis and I were so shocked and sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I have fond memories of his Mom and Dad, Gordon and Jack and all of the Snyder family as well. As you know, we lost Mom & Dad in June. It has been a terrible year! Our thoughts are with all of you at this time. God Bless!

    Bonnie & Dennis McKague

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