William died on June 30 while visiting his mother, Vicki Assu Robbins at Alkali Lake, B.C.. Vicki and William’s father, Alan Haig-Brown, and all the members of both families mourn his death deeply. William is the grandson of Mrs. Leoda Assu, Herbert W. Assu (deceased), Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown (deceased), Mrs. Lottie Robbins (deceased) and Duncan Robbins. His sisters, Linda Haig-Brown, Helen Haig-Brown and Nora Andy, and his brothers, James Haig-Brown, Robert Robbins and Anthony Robbins will miss him forever. His many aunts, uncles and cousins in Cape Mudge First Nation, Campbell River First Nation, Esket First Nation, Stone Indian Band, Toronto, Kamloops, Texas, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Victoria will remember him for always.
William was born in Campbell River on October 7, 1972 and grew up in the Chilcotin and Vancouver. He settled in New Westminster where his father lives and had worked his way through several jobs until he went to the Andres Wines where his employer has said, “We expected him to be with us until he retired”. He was a loving and devoted big brother to his siblings and took his responsibilities to them very seriously. He loved hockey and played a strong game, never hesitating to take on bigger guys.
A memorial service was held at St. Theresa’s Church at Alkali Lake on July 3 and the service for the disposal of William’s ashes will be held in the garden at Haig-Brown House, 2250 Campbell River Rd. on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Please join us.
People wishing to make a donation in honour of William’s life should address it to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Vancouver Chapter, 4050 Gravely St., Burnaby, B.C., V5C 4A5.