William(Bill) Raymond McConochie
January 4, 1924-March 4, 2012
Bill passed away peacefully at Glacier View Lodge with his daughter at his side. He is survived by his wife, Agnes (Nan) McConochie, brother, Robert McConochie (Dianne) of Royston, sisters, Phyllis Ranson of Regina, Saskatchewan and Beryl Johnson of Birtle, Manitoba. He is also survived and dearly loved by his three daughters, Barbara Arseneau of Nanaimo, Betty Armour (Dave) of Courtenay and Lynda O’Connell (Mike) of Idaho, USA. Bill’s step-children, Sharon Hastings (John), John McCabe (Karen) and Kevin McCabe, all of Courtenay will miss him as well. Bill was blessed by many Grand Children and Great Grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, William and Effie McConochie, sisters Helen Troop, Laura Lyall and brother Jack. His son William (Bill) also predeceased him.
Bill was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and grew up on the family farm. At the age of 18, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in various places, one being CFB Comox. Like so many others, the Comox Valley lured him into making it his home.
Bill worked as a faller, garage mechanic and a salesman for Eaton’s. From there he decided to open his own furniture and appliance business, thus McConochie’s Furniture and Appliances was born. Bill sold the business in 1974.
Bill and Nan then embarked on a new adventure, travelling and visiting many countries, both in their motor home and cruising.
Bill believed in giving back to the community, so decided to run for Courtenay city council. He was successful and served as a councillor for ten years.
Bill was extremely proud of his membership in the Royal Canadian Legion and he was a life member of the Elks Lodge. He volunteered on various committees in the valley including working as a volunteer fireman in his younger days. If a hand was needed, he would be there. He firmly believed in helping others and his generosity was well known.
Sports played a part in Bill’s life. He curled, played baseball and truly enjoyed fishing. Hockey was his favourite sport to watch on TV.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Glacier View Lodge for their excellent care of Bill.
Bill has requested that there be no service. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to the Glacier View Lodge, Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.
Elk Falls Crematorium
Island Funeral Services