William John “Bill” Lees

July 7, 1934 – February 3, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a wonderful man, Bill Lees, who passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Bill was born in Vancouver, B.C. and spent most of his childhood in Trail and Kelowna before moving to Vancouver Island where he entered trade school in the Automobile Mechanics Program, which laid the foundation for a lifetime of passionate work in the automobile industry including owning the Volkswagen and Subaru dealerships in Nelson.

Bill was predeceased by his adoptive parents Gladys and Mortimer Lees, his biological mother Mercy Ann McColl, his brother Arthur and sister Helen, and in 2001 his first wife Jean.

Bill is survived by his wife Sharon, 3 biological siblings, his children Karen (Barry), Diane, Wendy (Don), Donna (Paddy), John, David (Lee-Anne), Brenda, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bill was a member of Kiwanis in Nelson and Trail serving for over 40 years including Lt. Governor and President of both clubs plus the Nelson Housing Society. His passion was driving! He was interested in all cars, especially Volkswagens, and also trains. He loved road trips, usually exploring the “less travelled” side roads.

Bill’s Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the Nelson United Church with reception to follow at the church. Interment to be held at a later date.

Sincere thanks for the much needed support for the family to Dr. Lee MacKay and staff at the Nelson Medical Clinic, Lia Macraild RN, and all the caregivers from Broader Horizons, Mountain Lakes and Nelson Home Support.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:

B.C. Cancer Foundation, #150 – 686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z1G1,

Alzheimer Society of B.C., #300 – 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. , V5Z1E2 Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson, ViL2V1
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd


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