William Brian Relkov
May 12, 1951 – August 8, 2014
On August 8th, 2014 the world lost barnstorming flying ace Bill Relkov. Raised in Grand Forks and Port Coquitlam, Bill returned to the Kettle Valley for the remainder of his life. Bill will be missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Mary, children Dan (Keri), Sara (Chris), mother-in-law Dorothy and his little granddaughter Marijane – “Grandpa’s girl.” As well as too many friends to list. Bill was a man of integrity with a strong love for family, friends and adventure. His curious and intelligent nature led him to become an avid aeronautical enthusiast, including everything from hang-gliding to piloting experimental planes he built himself. To finance his many hobbies, plots and plans Bill was a recently retired welder for the Boiler Makers Union, Lodge 359, after 41 years. His thirst for knowledge and answers to the unknown led him to spend many hours in his man cave building, creating and experimenting while listening to Jimi Hendrix on the Hi-fi and the hockey game in the background. While pondering the next step he enjoyed playing his guitars, reading, and brainstorming over a beer with friends. Although he left us too soon, all of our lives are better for having been along for the ride. He was one of a kind and second to none. In lieu of flowers, put on your finest sweat pants, grab a beer and do something awesome to make “Wild Bill” proud.