Bill was born on July 22, 1936, in Arcola, Sask., to parents Tom and Norma Strickland. From a young age, he was taught to work hard and to help others whenever possible — lessons he lived by throughout his entire life.
Along with his longtime partner, Barbara, Bill moved in 1999 to Burmis, Alta., where they soon began making many happy memories.
Bill enjoyed the great outdoors whenever he could. Whether fishing, cutting firewood or socializing around a campfire, he loved being out in nature. He also loved animals and was a talented woodworker.
Never one to complain or dwell on the negative, one of his favourite adages was “Never say whoa in a bad spot.”
Bill’s kind, caring spirit will be forever remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him.
“The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” — William Wordsworth
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life are his partner, Barbara Pritchard; his sons, Scott (Sonia) and Rob (Laureen); his grandchildren, Sebastian, Sage and Jaden; his sister-in-law, Liz Strickland; his niece, Leanne; as well as his extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Tom and Norma Strickland, and his brother, Gary Strickland.
With respect for Bill’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Fantin’s Funeral Chapel