William Colin Liznick
December 18, 1921 – October 21, 2013
The 3rd eldest child of Mary and Wasyl Liznick, William grew up on the farm with a great love for all animals. He served during WWII aboard HMCS Prince Robert, as an anti aircraft ship as Orlicon Gunner
After the war he studied electronics and married his sweetheart Catherine Philliban. Together they built a lovely home surrounded by colorfull flowers and shrubs. He rescued needy animals so we always had such exotic pets, such as a great horned owl, a flying squirrel and even a bear cub. He worked for Abitibi Pulp and Paper for 25 years before moving to Campbell River, British Columbia, where he was employed as s paper machine electrician for Crown Zellerbach. He retired at 65 to enjoy hobby farming, fishing and teaching his much loved grandchildren how to plant vegetable gardens. He was a kind and generous man who always gave of his time and money to help friends family and strangers. When it came to helping someone in need he would reach into those deep pockets and hand out $20’s and $50’s like they grew on his fruit trees. He accepted Jesus and was baptized while in hospital. He spent the last 7 years at Yucalta Lodge. We loved, respected and will sorely miss him.
To quote his son Brian :
“ William Colin Liznick was a hard working father who loved the outdoors; gardening being his most favorite pastime. If there was a seed to plant he would do it and do it well. His gardens were always full of interesting and sometimes exotic plants which grew so easily for him. Regular outdoor excursions were always a treat for Elizabeth, and me. He taught us from our youth how to ice fish, hunt, ski , build a campfire, roast marshmallows and appreciate the fall colours.
He never demanded much of us but if we strayed we soon found out.
I was privileged to follow his career choice and enjoyed years working side by side with him as an Electrician. Hopefully we did not disappoint him. He leaves behind brothers John, and Danny, sisters, Anne and Rose, daughter Elizabeth and son Brian as well as four granddaughters, Noni, Molly, Amy and Breanne and nine great-grandchildren, Chloe, Lydia, Eden, Seth, Kael, Kohra, Hayden, Lyly and Sofia.
Predeceased by his wife Catherine, brothers George, Peter, Harry and sister Julia.
His memory will always be in our hearts and our creator’s book of remembrance. Sleep well Dad, until we meet again in Paradise.”
Thanks to all the staff at Yucalta who treated him like their own family with such love, understanding and wisdom. They called him Papa and gave him lots of hugs and kisses. We can never express how much your care and expertise meant.
A service will be held at Yucalta Lodge on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 2:00pm.