Willard WHITE

Willard Robert White

November 21st 1934 – September 30th 2011

It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Willard Robert White at New Horizons Care Facility.

Left to mourn his passing is Gloria, his wife of 58 years, and his children Lois White and Keith Nealoss. Willard was the loving grandfather of Penny White, Melissa White, Melody White, Erin White and Monica White; as well as great-grandfather of Virginia White –Robinson, Sebastian Vanstone and Ariana McIntosh. He will be sadly missed by his siblings Darwin Price and Mertle Akerley as well as his special friends Don and Margarite McLean. Willard was predeceased by his parents Joe and Georgina White.

Willard was born on the Skeena River within the Gispaxlo’ots Tribe traditional territory on November 21st, 1934. He is a member of the Gispudwada (Killer whale) clan of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation (Port Simpson, BC).

He was adopted into the Kitasoolxai’xais First Nation (Klemtu, BC) where he met his loving wife Gloria White (nee Nealoss) of the Laxibu (Wolf) clan. They lived in the Klemtu for many years before moving to Ocean Falls for a short time, then to Campbell River in 1971. His favorite fishing grounds are at Soda Creek near Klemtu and he worked for 30 years at the Sawmill in Campbell River, where his 2 children and his grandchildren were raised.

Willard was the most generous, kind hearted, loving man who gave and gave and gave to everyone who knew him. He will be sorely missed and we were so lucky to have had him in our lives.

A Celebration of Willard’s Life will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 2 pm in the Quinsam Hall, 761 Nursery Road, Campbell River. Flowers may be sent to the Quinsam Hall on the day of the Service. For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Willard, a donation box will be placed at the entrance to the Hall.

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