William (Bill) Walter Creasy

William (Bill) Walter Creasy

Bill passed away on October 8, 2014 in Nebraska with his wife Carol at his side.

Born on March 30, 1948 to Dr. George and Marie Creasy in Vancouver, Bill spent his childhood in West Vancouver. When he was a teenager, his family moved to a farm in Aldergrove and raised purebred Hereford and Simmental cattle. This is where Bill developed his love of farming.

When he met Carol in April 1971, he found the woman he wanted to share his dreams with and they married that October. A year later, the young couple moved to Notch Hill and bought the dairy farm they operated until 1997. During those years, Bill was very involved in dairy organizations.

Bill was a charter member of the Sorrento Lions Club, Captain of the Shuswap Lake Estates Men’s Golf Club, curled with clubs in Chase and Salmon Arm where he was skip in many bonspiels.

When his children started playing, he coached the Salmon Arm High School rugby team and also served as a referee. Bill then joined the Kelowna Vicars Over-40 Rugby team as a front row prop and travelled internationally with them to New Zealand, Australia, the Cook Islands, Wales, Ireland and the southern U.S.

After retiring from the dairy business, Bill continued farming and earned his First Aid certification. He worked on many wildfire sites in the interior and gas drilling sites in northern B.C. A few years ago, he decided it was time to do more fly fishing, camping and traveling. He and his brother Bert fished together frequently and especially liked the lakes above Merritt and salmon fishing in the Fraser River.

Bill and Carol regularly travelled with their children. The family canoed and backpacked the Bowron Lakes, Lake O’Hara and many others. Their most memorable trip was RV-ing across Canada with sister-in-law Olwen and nieces Kim and Leah.

In recent years Bill and Carol visited many U.S. National Parks. This autumn, the highlight of their RV trip was the Acadia Park in Maine and the Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee.

Bill’s family was the centre of his life. He leaves his wife Carol, son Clint and daughter-in-law Julie, grandchildren Ivan, Gavin and Jerra. His daughter Keely-Ann Creasy Laas and son-in-law Chris Laas, grandchildren Kilian and Rayna.

Bill also leaves his brother Bert, sister-in-law Ellen, nephews Jeff and Brad, wife Robin, and great-nephews, Jeffrey, Jackson and Caden; sister Elizabeth Creasy Burns and nephews David and Kevin and nieces, Christine and Donna.

A Celebration of Life for Bill will be held at the Notch Hill Hall, 1639 Notch Hill Road, on Sunday, November 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC or to the charity of your choice.

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