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November 28, 1929 - May 1, 2024

In loving memory ~

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our Dad and Grandpa, William Woykin at the age of 94.

He is survived by his children, Gail (Theo) Koehle, Rob (Carol) Woykin, grandchildren, Jeremy, Lily, Lana (Brad), Rachelle (Cam), Lindsay, Kevin (Mike), great-grandchildren Robyn, Dakota, Chloe, Hallie and Georgie. Sisters, Mary (Alex) Kanigan, Helen Swetlishoff, and many nieces and nephews.

William was born and raised in Cresent Valley, B.C. In the mid-50s, he met and married Anne Sofonoff. They settled in Grand Forks and together started their little family. He was proud to have been a West Coast logger. His career spanned over 50 years, logging from Haida Gwaii to Vancouver Island, to the Kootenay Boundary. With an unmatched work ethic, he provided well for his family.

He spent countless hours casting his line into the ocean's depths, wading through rivers, and navigating frozen lakes, in pursuit of the perfect catch. He had the ability to find the best fishing spots for salmon, trout, steelhead, crab, prawns, and oysters and would return home with a bounty to share. "Whiskey Willie" was always generous with his catch.

William always had a deep passion for the great outdoors. Boating, snowmobiling, ATVing, hunting game, camping, and hiking the mountains for huckleberries and mushrooms. He grew a beautiful garden that brought him enjoyment and filled many a jar in the cellar.

As much as he loved his hobbies, nothing ever compared to the love he had for his children, their spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He thanked Mom constantly for giving him a family. His tough logger exterior was replaced by a soft heart that was overflowing with pride and joy for his family. We will miss you Dad/Grandpa, we love you, and will always remember you with a smile.

Our deepest appreciation to Dad's doctors, and to the amazing staff at Boundary Lodge Assisted Living for the wonderful care you gave Dad.

Dad will be interned at Evergreen Cemetery beside his wife Anne. A celebration of Dad's life is being held on Vancouver Island ("The Rock" was Dad's term) with his family this summer.

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