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September 26, 1944 — May 19, 2016

The family of Bill is heartbroken to announce his sudden passing at the age of 71. Bill has left to mourn his loving wife Verna; two children Rachelle (Rene) and Jason (Crystal); adoring granddaughters Molly and Violet; sister Patricia (Sal); along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Bill is predeceased by his parents Peter and Nellie Semnovitch, as well as aunts and uncles.  Bill spent many years in the oil and gas industry in Calgary where he built many successful business relationships and personal friendships.  He retired in 2004 and moved to Kelowna where he and Vernie lived a full and happy life and enjoyed winters in Arizona, where they made many more dear lifelong friends.   Bill touched the hearts of all who knew him and he will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many dear friends.  Memorials will be held both in Kelowna, BC on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, and in Calgary, AB on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Eden Brook Funeral Home, 24223 Twp. Rd 242 (17th Ave & Lower Springbank Road, S.W.).  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made to your local SPCA. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, you may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences”.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s name may be made to your local SPCA


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The service for SEMNOVITCH, William is scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 4:00 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:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Beverly Arey says:

    Verna and family! Stefan, Beverly and Michael are also heartbroken and send our love and hugs to you all. What a loss for us all. He was larger than life and had a smile that was so wonderful. Such memories he left us to cherish forever. Our deepest sympathy and prayers. There are no words to describe my love (Bev) for Bill growing up and as an adult. It hurts so much. Take Care Verna. We love you so.

  • Ralph & Nancy Norrander-Festival Friend says:

    There just aren’t words to express how sorry we are for Bill’s passing. We so enjoyed getting to know Verna and Bill here in Arizona. We will miss him so much, especially seeing him take Miss Prima for her daily golf cart rides. RIP Bill

  • Bob Koehn says:

    “Friends are the family that you choose”. Bill was more than a great friend, he was like an older brother (kiddingly to him I would say “much older”).

    We shared golf together every Thursday for 7 years and I was fortunate enough to be there when he made his hole in one. Bill was so happy that day and it was wonderful to be able to experience that with him.

    I used to kid him all the time about living in the past and his love for “The Righteous Brothers”. Another great memory was when we surprised him with tickets to “The Guess Who”. He said that was a special evening because it brought back so many memories of growing up in Winipeg.

    Even though his passing is very sad, I feel blessed to have met him and to have had so many great memories. Even though we no longer have Bill we look forward to having many great years with Verna.

  • Ann & John Woollums says:

    To Verna & family
    It is with a heavy heart that we send our condolences. We were privileged to know Bill here in Sun City Festival. He was a very kind and compassionate man. We have many wonderful memories with Verna and Bill. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  • Al Whitteron says:

    To Verna, Rachelle, Jason, and Family’s, along with Bills Sister Patricia and her family. Please accept my sincere condolences to you all, on Bills sudden passing. Bill was a fine man and a great friend and will be sorely missed. I hope to be able to see you personally at the service in Calgary. Meanwhile support and love each other as we all grieve with you. Sincerely – Al Whitteron

  • Pat & Alan Dolge says:

    We wish for the family to know that Bill was loved by all who knew him in Sun City Festival. He was our immediate next-door neighbor and seeing him drive by on his golf cart daily will be a sad reminder of his passing. We will be praying for Verna and the family during this sad, sad time.

  • Larry Smith says:

    To Verna and family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with you. I enjoyed doing business with Bill, and learned a lot from him. He was one of the good guys.

  • Rick and Elaine Gordon says:

    Rick and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Bill was a real gem in our community at Quail Ridge, known for his huge smile straight from a loving heart. Verna, there is no word to say how sad we are feeling. Please if there is anything we can do for you, just know we are here, just a few houses away. God bless!

  • Anna Manicotto (nee Fiorino) says:

    Uncle Bill…. that is what I will always remember him to be. Very special person with a kind heart. My sympathies go out to the Semnovitch family and especially to my Aunty Pat & family.
    “Death often leaves asking why but nothing can heal like happy memories”
    Love Anna Manicotto (nee Fiorino), Mike & Natalie (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

  • Claire & Sean MacLean says:

    Dear Verna, Richelle and Jason – we are so deeply sorry for your loss and will dearly miss our beloved “Uncle Bill”. He was a perfect blend of generosity, fun, warmth of spirit, hard work and no bullshit! We respected him and loved him and are thinking of you all. Love Sean & Claire

  • Gregory C Collver says:

    I was so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I was so privileged to have known Bill and my deepest sympathies go to Verna and the rest of the family.

    Greg Collver

  • Bob Koehn says:

    I wanted to share another photo of Bill. This photo was the celebration of Bill’s 71st birthday. Jonna, my mother-in-law Shirley and myself were visiting the Canadian Rockies. Bill and Verna as always were great hosts. RIP Bill.

  • Ray and Elly McBeth says:

    Verna and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. We will remember his great sense of humor and the fun times we had together here in Calgary.
    Elly and Ray McBeth

  • Barbara Stenerson says:

    To all of Bill’s family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you.
    It was so shocking to hear the news of his sudden passing. He will be greatly missed. Bill had a big smile and gave big hugs! He was loving, funny and just made you feel special. A wonderful man whom I
    have always felt so close to no matter the miles or years that separated us. Know you do not grieve alone. Love from Barbara, Ron and family

  • Swede and Maureen Knox says:

    Verna and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    Swede and Maureen Knox

  • Roberta and Wolf Penz says:

    We feel grateful and blessed for sharing the last few years as friends with Bill. We will forever hold dear his laugh, the twinkle in his eye and his open arms of friendship. Bill will forever be in our hearts.
    Rest well, dear friend
    Rob & Wolf

  • Joe and Claudia Clarkson says:

    Words cannot begin to express how shocked we are to learn of Bill’s passing. He is gone far too soon for all of us who are left to mourn. His presence was one of infectious joy and his attitude conveyed the belief that we must embrace each day and hold tight to every precious moment we are allowed on God’s great earth. We will forever hold the memory of one special night here under the desert sky when several neighbors had gathered in Bill and Verna’s lovely home. Bill raised his glass to welcome us all and left us with these words, ” Folks, we are now in the fourth quarter of our lives so let’s make the most of every day!” Bill, we promise to do just that and be assured that our prayers of comfort and peace will be with Verna and the family. As we always stated each time we said good-bye, “Hugs and love, our dear friend!”

  • Karen and Gary Lipchen says:

    With our heavy hearts we will say goodbye to Bill tomorrow. Our deepest condolences to Verna and her famiy. Many hugs to everyone. We will miss seeing Bill’s sweet smile and his warm hugs. His smile always made your day a happier one. Our street will not be the same in Phoenix but our memories of Bill will always be with us. Rest in Peace Bill. You are missed by many. XO

  • Ray Huska says:

    Hi Vernie..been away so sorry to find this sad news..can you please contact me as we are now living in Penticton…your friend Ray Huska.

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