Dennis Russell Willis

Dennis Russell Willis

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the death of Dennis following his long and courageous battle with Cancer, always with hope in his heart.

With Helen by his side, sons Corey and Aaron, sisters Heather and Pam nearby, he slipped away from us peacefully on March 25th.

Dennis faced his Cancer journey as he faced life, always with an inviting smile, a whistle on his lips, a story to be told and a zest for life that left all those he touched with a light heart and smile.

Born in Port Alberni, Jan. 5, 1951, his career varied from municipal Policing in Calgary where he met Helen, Real Estate, and then his love in Car Sales from Victoria to Abbottsford, never just a job but always his vocation! Boating with Helen was his “JOY”, which he shared enthusiastically and generously with family and friends. He especially enjoyed entertaining family and friends with verve, hiking and Rotary International where he involved himself fully with the Student Exchange Program and remains loved by his “girls” Carla (Brazil) and Irene (Mexico). In retirement he and Helen found their winter paradise in Panama and enjoyed for many years the ocean, warmth and many friends there.

Dennis was pre-deceased by his Parents, Sherwyn and Clara Willis. He is survived by his loving Wife Helen, Sons Corey (Tanya), Aaron, and Shane (Sasha), Grandchildren Apprelle, Deven, Brandon and Taryn, Sisters Heather and Pam (Don).

By request there will be no funeral service at this time. Private Celebration of Life will be at a later date. Remembrance of Dennis will be in our hearts with the special memories we each have for him.

Special thanks to the compassionate staff at Interior Health (Mary Jane) for care at home and in Hospice, and to Bastion Place Hospice Unit, you made this very difficult journey happen with dignity. Judy and Kim we thank you as you shared your love while walking your own path.

Kevin, Dennis could not have walked this path without your guidance, you were his Doctor but more so his friend.

Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Dennis’ obituary at

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