William “Bill” James Shadbolt passed away June 24, 2015 in Grand Forks, B.C. Bill was born in Swan River, Manitoba May 7, 1935. He was the youngest in the family. He is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Akerley of Calgary and Florence Danard of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by four brothers and one sister. Bill was a bit of a rolling stone which led him in his younger years from Manitoba to British Columbia. He was a jack of all trades but particularly enjoyed working as a bush camp cook. Eventually, in his retirement years, he followed friends to settle here in Grand Forks. He absolutely loved living here. This became his home. He thought it was the perfect place for him and he developed many lasting friendships.

Bill was very artistic. He was an accomplished painter, however, it was very difficult to actually get a finished painting from him. He was his own worst critic and more often than not actually destroyed his paintings if it did not express what he felt in his heart and mind. So if you’ve even managed to see or actually own one of his paintings, consider yourself very fortunate. He was an avid reader; he loved classical music; he enjoyed working with wood though perhaps not always with the best results; he looked forward to his Thursday night bingos and he appreciated all aspects of nature except those pesky deer that ate his roses. Many of you here know that Bill could be an ornery cuss. At times he could be a little difficult to deal with as he was very good at pushing just the right buttons. He enjoyed a good debate though of course you all know that he was the one that was always right. But he did have a good sense of humour and really enjoyed a good laugh even if occasionally it was at his own expense.

A Celebration of Bill’s life was Held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in The chapel of the Grand forks Funeral Home. We would like to thank Deborah Baker of the Grand Forks Funeral Home and Reverend Simon Shenstone for your help in making a difficult time so much easier for us. We have been welcomed by the Grand Forks community and could not have accomplished what we have without everyone’s assistance. We would especially like to thank his very good friends Darwin, Julie and Wayne and Heather. Over the years you have cared and watched out for Bill. In short, you have become his family. Thank-you. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Grand Forks Funeral Home, gffh@shaw.ca.

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