April 5, 1919 - March 10, 2007
A obituary for Bill Glanfield
After a long and courageous battle with heart disease, Bill passed away
peacefully in his sleep at the Central Care Home. Bill was born in Nanaimo
Regional Hospital and was an only child. He is survived by his 3rd wife,
Mildred; daughter Linda (Lee) McQuirter of Sarnia, Ontario and son Leonard
(Maureen) Glanfield of Victoria. Bill was the proud grandfather of two
grandchildren, Kevin (Margaret) Glanfield and Michelle (Walter) Bohn; 3
great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kevin Jr. and Jade Bohn. Bill was predeceased by
his 1st wife Gloria Halliwell Anderson in 1990 and his 2nd wife Edith Dunn
Glanfield in 1991.
Bill enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941. He served for 25 years
including time on an escort convoy the Atlantic during WWII and also served time
during the Korean conflict. He retired from the R.C.N. in 1966 and was then
employed by the BC Liquor Control Board 'til 1984. Bill was a secretary of the
Victoria Power Squadron and was active with the Sidney Legion Branch #37.
He enjoyed gardening, boating, fishing and traveling including around the
world three times. He had an avid interest in studying history and reading books
on aviation and listening to Hawaiian music. His sense of humour will be missed.
A celebration of Bill's life was held at First Memorial Funeral Chapel,
4725 Falaise Drive, on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 PM and a reception followed
in the Garden Room. If desired, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the
Central Care Home (844 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 1N3) or to a charity of
your choice. Condolences can be sent online
to the family
published in the Times-Colonist newspaper in Victoria, BC, Canada,
Photos displayed at Bill's Memorial Service
Glanfield - family tree & descendants
Bill's ashes were buried at sea
by the Canadian Navy on April 16, 2007 -
I always knew my cousin Bill as a "Navy man". He was
a compulsive record keeper, and everything in his life had to be ship
shape. My Mother and Dad (who were closer to his age than I) were
his contemporaries, and would host impromptu family gatherings for the
Glanfields at our home in Duncan. These gatherings often turned into
all day affairs, much to the chagrin of Bill's step-mother Amy (my Dad's
sister), who after a few hours of fun was ready to "get on the road" back to
their home in Nanaimo. Bill's two children Linda and Leonard were
closer to my age, and sometimes stayed for a few day's vacation at our home.
Bill's 2nd wife Edith told us some hilarious
stories about their (mis)adventures in their boat Vaya Con Dios.
When Bill's health problems became more serious in the
last few years. I was perhaps closer to him at this time than I had been earlier.
That's when I discovered his good humour, as he would joke about his ill
health, accepting the hand he had been dealt.
Joe Carr, Victoria, BC