William (Bill) Kalyniuk passed away peacefully on Friday, September 6th. after a long and vibrant life. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 14th, 1923. He enlisted in the war when he was 17. While fighting in Italy, he sustained a serious leg injury and returned to Winnipeg to convalesce. It was during that time he met his future wife, Doreen. While travelling through Canada to enlist in Vancouver he went through Nelson and vowed he’d return to live there when he returned from the war. So upon marrying, he and Doreen moved to Nelson where they enjoyed a full and happy life. He started his own business, William Kalyniuk Agencies, where he had a long and successful career as a real estate and insurance broker. They raised their three children with everyone enjoying all the outdoor activities which Nelson had to offer. Bill was keen on fishing, boating, camping, hunting, trapping and golfing. He also played bridge and was ferocious at crib! After retirement, they enjoyed their winters in California and summers in Queen’s Bay at the cabin of their best friends, Anne and Glen Yates.
On September 3rd, 2000, Doreen passed away and he was left adrift after a long and happy marriage. However, in just over a year, his life was to become happy and full once again after meeting his future partner, Lee Waddell. She was his joy and they had a wonderful life together for the last 12 years.
William is survived by his children (Greg, Ken and Shannon), grandchildren (Stefan, Krista, Troy, Julia, Derek and Andrea) and great grandson Mohan.
We’ll all miss his love of life and we hope that he’s winning at crib in heaven (God help all those other crib players!)
Much gratitude to the excellent staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital and Mountain Lakes. Also, a special thanks from our family to Lady Lee for taking such good care of him.
We gratefully accept donations in his memory to Kalein Hospice Centre in Nelson.
Please join our family and friends to celebrate William’s life at an open house at the Senior Citizens Centre (717 Vernon St.) in Nelson on Sunday, September 15 between 2:00 and 4:00pm.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
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