Bill passed away very suddenly at Cowichan District Hospital. Predeceased by Jean, his loving wife of 64 years in 2007, daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Richard Farrell, son in law, Arlene and Richard Farrell, son in law John Uzzell, father and mother Robert and Cecelia Easton, and brother Robert Logan Easton.
Survived by his daughters Bonnie Uzzell, Erin Uzzell (Robert), Granddaughters; Darcy Ramwell (Ken), Shonna Leung (Yauki), Tami Uzzell-Paulos (Gus), Crystal Uzzell-Modras (Mike), Amie Uzzell Achurch (Adrian), and Megan Uzzell (Kelly) and miuch loved great grandchildren; Devon, Billy, Dylan, Kelvin, Ellia, Kylie, Jana, Alexandria and Spencer, brother Ronald Easton (Isobella), sister in law Rita Easton, and brother in law James Murray.
Bill was born in Duncan, Kings Daughters Hospital and grew up in Cobble Hill. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 at 17 years old, and became a petty Officer First Class, serving on the high Seas in the Atlantic Zone. He met the love of his life Jean, at a dance in Ladysmith, and they were married on May 22, 1943 and lived in Victoria. In 1948, Bill retired from the Navy and moved his family to Cowichan Bay, where they lived for 59 years.
After the Navy, Bill worked in logging for George Whittaker. He then worked on the construction of Deas Island Tunnel. Bill worked most of his life in the Forest Industry, the best being when he owned and operated his own logging truck for many years. After retirement from logging, he enjoyed a time working with Drillwell Enterprises, and the Slade family. His last job was with his son in law John, in a logging camp in Knights Inlet as a handy man.
Bill was proud to be a longtime member of the Duncan Legion. His home and property were his castle, and he enjoyed spending many long hours puttering in his yard.
This last year without Mom was very hard for Dad, and the family takes some comfort in knowing that they are together once again.
A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Arbutus Ridge on Saturday October 4th, 2008 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation be made to a Charity of your choice.