William A “Bill” Thorpe

December 20, 1940 – February 22, 2019
Bill spent his early years in Calgary and moved to Rossland in 1952 where he spent his seed time. He was a good student who loved music and particularly the mellow sound of the French Horn. He played the piano and loved to entertain his friends with renditions of ‘Moonlight Cocktail.’

A tragic bike accident in his teens led to epilepsy and later surgical intervention that modified his life from that point.

His stubborn and hard working nature guided him through a series of jobs until he found Canada Post in Vancouver, where he loved to bike the seawall and photograph nature.

He retired at Christina Lake in 2003 with his his canoe, camera, piano, golf clubs, bike and bathing suit to live in his family home which he modified to make his own.

He was a numbers man and would have appreciated that he was the 1 that passed on at 4:35 on 02/22. Using up all the numbers from 0 to 5 was important.

He led a solitary life, found communication difficult, but loved to talk when he found someone patient enough to listen. Bill would never turn down an opportunity to play bridge or crib and was a force in both games. He bonded with family and care givers and was most happy when procedures were done his way.

Bill accepted many challenges he was forced to endure without complaint or self pity and set a standard of how to handle adversity.

Many thanks to his friends and neighbours and Sandy, Terrie, Ali, Rosie, Shyelle, Lisa, and Emily who helped him so much in his final days.

There will be a memorial gathering at his home in early July. Bill would like to acknowledge the BC Epilepsy Society.


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