It is with very heavy hearts that the family of William Lennard King wishes to announce his passing, following a very brief battle with brain cancer, on December 3, 2020.
Bill was born on October 10, 1957 in Revelstoke, BC, where he spent much of his youth enjoying sports and the great outdoors. His love of spending time in nature lead to the natural choice of Forestry as his career. While working in Victoria, he met the love of his life, Paulette. Wanting to branch out on his own, his career eventually brought the couple to Nelson, BC, where he was a partner in Kokanee Forests Consulting for many years. A move to Fruitvale, BC became home and where he and Paulette raised their two boys. One of Bill’s favourite things was spending time with his family. He went from the sidelines of soccer fields to the coach benches at hockey arenas, enjoying as much time as he could with his boys. That continued after they were grown, with golf and fishing trips. His passion for golf lead to many trips to Phoenix and the Okanagan with his golf buddies. As an avid curler, he took part in many bonspeils around the province.
Bill was predeceased by his mother Audrey Lois King, in 2013 and his father William Stewart King, a mere 8 hours prior to Bill’s own passing. Inseparable in life, there is comfort in that father and son left together as well. Bill is survived by his wife Paulette, his sons Matt and Corey, his sister Linda (John) Gillis, many extended family and friends, and the cat that loved only him, Sami.
There will be no formal service by request. But the family encourages all his many friends and extended family to remember his kind and generous nature, by making a donation to a charity or local Christmas hamper program and help those who are struggling this year.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.
I want to extend my condolences, for the loss of your husband and father. Bill hired me many years ago, 1984 to be exact, to work on a crew of tree plantation groomers, in the mountains around Revelstoke. At the end of the interview, Bill told me to relax. He had to have a certain percentage of female employees, and I was hired. There were only three women that applied for the job, and I was one of them. Needless to say, we both had a laugh. He was a fair and approachable employer, and I always remembered him. Again, you have my sincerest sympathies. Bill was a true gem.
Sincere condolences to the family of the late Bill jnr. I had the privilege of meeting him once when he came to Ireland with his late Dad, to meet his extended family. My late Mother Pauline (King) and Bill senior were cousins. He came to Ireland again to run a Marathon in Dublin but I missed him when he called to see us. May he rest in peace.
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such an easy person to be around. We will miss him at curling and fishing. My condolences to Paulette and family.
Bill was a great friend that I had known for quite sometime through curling around the province. However, I got to know him extremely well when we teamed up to play in Senior Men’s Championship curling where our team came runner up in the province. Bill was very competitive but he competed with grace and and a grin. If there was a most sportsmanlike player he would have won it hands down. He was a fitness buff and always told me when competing to drink plenty of water and that the true test of success is when your urine became “clear”. It sort of became our rally for the weekend of curling that year (ha). I am very heartbroken of his passing and I want to give my sincerest condolences to his many friends and family. May he rest well.
Bill and I met and teamed up through curling. He had a goal to win a provincial title with a team of friends. We fell short on the title but he excelled with friendship's. I will forever remember Bill and cherish the moments we spent together. An exceptional teammate and friend who will always have my admiration and respect. My heart felt sympathies to Bill's family.
This is such sad news, and I know many of Bill's friends from the early days in Revelstoke have been thinking about Bill for days now with many, many fond memories of Bill since we all heard the news. He was such a sweet, fun, generous of spirit, easy going guy. My condolences to the King family.....taken too soon.
Paulette, Matt, Corey - we are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Right back from the KFC days, to seeing him recently on Webster Trail, he was beyond pleasant, funny and just an overall great person to chat with. This guy will be missed, we've had a lot of great memories with him.
So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill Sr. and Bill Jr. Their lives were intertwined with so many families in Revelstoke. Bill Sr. always strived to improve labour relations in BC and was always so accommodating, a very nice man. I felt very lucky to have a friend like Billy right from Little League baseball, through to graduation, and thereafter. He had a great smile and he always made time for everyone. My deepest condolences go out to Paulette and the family.
So very sorry to hear the sad news. I first met both Bills in 1983 when I worked on Bill Sr's campaign for MLA. It was my introduction to politics. They both taught me so much and I very much appreciated that they both supported me when I became involved as a candidate. Bill Jr convinced me to run for City Council in 1984. Because of his help and support I came close to getting elected and he made sure I ran again the next year and was then elected. I also went to my first political convention when Bill Sr. ran for the leadership of the NDP in 1984. Needless to say since then I have been to many conventions and have never stopped being involved in NDP politics. Lilli and I send our sympathy and condolences to the family. Bill MacFarlane
We extend our deepest sympathies to you, Paulette, Matt, Corey and to the whole family. We are deeply saddened and heartbroken. We are thinking of you, wishing you comfort and healing in the days ahead. Love, Garth and Cheryl
Countless hours of ping pong with best friends Bill, Doug Knuff and Don Bergman. Downhill skiing, volleyball, logging and fishing -- Bill was invincible. I'm crying as I sit here typing. So sorry to see you pass on good friend. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.
My deepest, deepest condolences. I have such fond memories of Bill Sr. and my Dad as they worked together at the CPR and also worked together with the election of NDP party along with Sid Parker (Dave Barrett era) Their family home was just a few blocks away from our family home in Revelstoke. I just loved the fact that he always remembered my name and always greeted me with a big "hello Donna". Was just a super human being and wish there were more of him around. XXX 000
We are very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our deepest condolences to Bill and his Dad's family. He was such a friendly person and loved participating in sports with his boys.
My heart goes out to the King family. So sorry to hear of Bill Jr & Bill Sr.'s passing. I went to school with Bill Jr. And he was a fun & popular classmate. A friend to all. Bill Sr was a friend with my parents. Father and son together forever. Hugs.
Deeply saddened to hear of both Bill Sr’s and Bill Jr’s passing. “Billy” and I spent a lot of time together as kids. Playing baseball, fishing and just generally running around Revelstoke. Lifelong friends, “Mr. King” could reduce my Mother to tears of laughter like no one else. Many memories of dinners and parties where his presence seemed to fill the room. The Wasylik family passes on our deepest condolences to the Kings.
I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. We worked together many years ago at the Forest Service office in Revelstoke and crossed paths a few times in the following years as we went through university and pursued our forestry careers. The path crossings usually resulted in some serious conversation, a few beers, and a good time! My condolences to the King family.
Our deepest condolences to both Bill Jr and Bill Sr families and friends. Our families lives were intertwined throughout the years in Revelstoke through sports, work and politics. Many fond memories of both father and son. May they rest in peace united in heaven. Gone but the memories will live on forever.
Bill was a great, well liked, funny guy in High School. He was a good volleyball player. Had many laughs with the "Saturday Night Social Club" and hanging out with the "Rocky Mountain Bare Devils" My condolences to all of the King Family
Sorry to hear of the loss. Life is short. Many of us are waiting to see our loved ones again. Revelation 21:3,4. He will be missed. ♥️
A formidable pair, father and son. I worked with both in numerous campaigns. Carpe diem, all the rest of us. Things don’t happen by some prearranged plan: they happen because we take the time and effort to make them happen.
Our deepest condolences to the King family.
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing and the passing of his dad as well. My deepest condolences to you all. Bill was a friend who was always there to help anyone at any time. Bill his dad and family were friends of my family growing up in Revelstoke. We all share many fond memories and lots of laughs.
We are very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a friendly, generous man. Our condolences.