John (Bill) William Keown

John (Bill) William Keown

Bill Keown passed away peacefully at Hillside Village on Thursday morning March 14, 2013 with family at his side. Bill was a devoted husband to the love of his life Joan Keown. They were together always for 53 years. Bill will be greatly missed by his wife Joan and his son Chuck (Candi) and was was pre-deceased by his daughter Brenda. Survived by grandchildren Pascal, Trevor, Brooke, Josh and Olivia his brothers Dudley (Norma), Ken, Eugene (Virginia) and sister Marge (Barry). He will also be missed greatly by his in-laws Faye, Linda (Phil) and Larry and numerous nieces and nephews, also all his close friends from Sorrento BC and extended family the Wrenkos. Bill was a longtime resident and business owner in Grande Prairie AB and made many great partnerships and friendships throughout the years. 30 years ago Bill and Joan moved to Sorrento BC to begin retirement which did not last long before Bill got a job driving school bus and helping out in the shop which he did with great pride for 10 plus years. Bill often commented that driving school bus was the most rewarding job he ever had and missed it greatly when he retired. When Bill retired from bus driving he devoted himself to caring for his wife Joan and keeping busy around his house in Sorrento. Early in 2013 Bill and Joan both moved into Hillside Village and spent many days holding hands and enjoying each others company while watching television. It was a scene that would warm your heart seeing the immense love they felt for each other.

A funeral service was held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm BC. A reception followed the service allowing time for family and friends to continue sharing memories

A special thank you to Kim Hartman (Bill and Joan’s niece) for doing the eulogy for the service and to Bowers for their professionalism during this time.

The Family would also like to thank the staff at Hillside Village for their ability and willingness to treat Bill and Joan with the dignity, respect and compassion that only comes from truly loving people, the family is forever grateful.

Online condolences can be sent through Bill’s obituary at

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC.

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