William George “Bill” Donald

In Memorial

Passed away at Victoria B.C on June 28, 2015 after a lengthy illness at the age of 74 years. Born in Victoria B.C on Feb 10, 1941, Bill is predeceased by his parents, Bill and Alice Donald; and sister, Claudia Lowry.

Survived his loving wife of 39 years, Edith Donald; lovingly remembered by his children and step children: Brian Donald, Teri Harder (Steve), Kimberley Stevens, Maureen Redsky (Ted), Sylvia Diakow, Kim Diakow, Gary & Chris Diakow and Donna Friesen (Brad); numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren along with many many dear friends.

Bill was a man who filled a room with smart remarks, quick wit and much laughter. He was loved dearly by his family and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He loved the ocean and that will be where his ashes will be returned to as per his wishes.

Special thanks to the very special people of Sooke for being there for Bill for many years, he knew he was loved and was grateful, thankful and most of all, happy. Also the nurses at Victoria Hospice for helping on the final leg of his journey.

No service by request.

A Celebration of life to be held at his favourite neighbour pub Buffy’s Pub 6858 W Coast Rd Sooke on July 4, 2015 from 1pm until we are done.

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  1. Hi dad, I miss you like crazy , I miss your voice and your handsome face. My heart hurts so very much knowing I won’t see you or talk to you anymore . You have always been a big part of my life and now there is a void. I know you always believed I was strong but I have to say right now I not, I am a lost little girl and I just want you to be here. Until the time you come to meet me , I will love and miss you

  2. I love you daddy. Hope you’re dancing up there and you visit me often.

  3. Kasi, Haney, Mahmoud, Nya & Fayrose

    I will always remember Yahtzee and grease at your house during sleepovers, the loving straight to it advice you always gave, the road trip through BC where we got to just sit in that very unsafe by standards now van. My children will always remember you as grandpa billy goat and I know you will watch over and protect them. I’m sorry I didn’t call more or visit more. But the memories I have will always be happy one. We love u forever!

  4. Boy what a ride. Knowing you for fifty years was the best. Especially in the 60s. Love you forever

  5. Jackie Kielly

    I’m going to miss you so much!!!
    I’m so glad that I got a chance to fly out and visit with you over the Easter weekend. We got a chance to catch up on things, and to reminisce about the old days. Not only did we have a few laughs, but we also got to say goodbye, and I’m so very, very grateful for that. I wish I didn’t live so far from you and Auntie Edie as I would loved to have spent more time with you. My heart is broken into so many pieces now, but I take comfort knowing that you’re not suffering anymore.
    You are a very special person, and you will be missed by so many people.
    Rest in peace Uncle Bill.
    I love you…always and forever.

  6. I will miss you very much and I am so very greatful that I was able to come and see you in April. Say hi to mom! I’m sure you are having a wonderful time catching up and having adventures. I love you!

  7. Dixie Marchuk

    My thoughts are with you Edie, hang onto all the good memories, and know he is right there beside you .

  8. Maureen Harder

    A lovely man gone too soon, but will never ever be forgotten .R.I.P. Bill , love you.

  9. Dustin Diakow.

    Grandpa, you will be missed. I loved hearing your jokes and the lighter side of life. I will miss feeling the energy and happiness that is given to anyone in your presence. R.I.P.

  10. Rodney, Heather and the boys

    Well grandpa it was a blast, always good to have someone just as stubborn and twisted as I am. Gone but not forgotten, you will be missed

  11. Hey Bill, I am going to miss the hugs you always gave me when we saw each other, which wasn’t often but when we did you always made me laugh. You always were a charmer! You certainly will be missed by many, but I know your pain is gone and we all will have incredible memories of you. I am so glad I was able to see you on your last day, even then I knew you had something smart to say when you squeezed my hand. Until we meet again, try not to give the rest of the gang up there too bad of a time!

  12. Thomas & Janet Metcalfe

    There are many words I could use to describe my Uncle Bill but I think I’m just going to keep it to myself and say this I’m going to miss you my Uncle Buck … Our thoughts and prayers love and hugs to everyone.

  13. Billy Boy, Don’t have anything profound to say. All I know is that you will be missed by so many. You certainly brought a lot of love and laughter into our lives. Say hello to Aunt Alice & Uncle Bill and Claudia. If you can, track down my parents and Peggy for me and let them know too that we are fine.
    Love you Billy Boy and will miss your one liners.

  14. Wild Bill only begins to describe how I felt about you! You always brought a smile, a laugh and a lot of fun whenever you were around. The family is going to miss your sassy and sparkling personality. Perhaps we will get together for a hand or two of poker when I see you again. You will be missed Bill and thought of often.
    with love and peace to you. xo

  15. I didn’t get down often enough to visit and that makes me sad to know I missed you in you in your last days. We did have some times together Bill, the distance wasn’t great but I thought of you and Edie a lot.Love you and no matter where your spirit has gone I will all ways have the good memories

  16. Dan and Toots

    Our sincere condolences to Edie and family. It was an honor to know Bill and have his friendship. The good times we had together and all the laughter will be missed. You were one of a kind, Mr. Donald and will be in our hearts forever.

  17. I lv ya ya ol boot..?????you are a huge part of my life and will always be. Our time spent together over 14 yrs will forever remain in my ? and forever in my soul. Till we meet again Billy Bob….

  18. hi dad, I don’t want you to be gone, I want to pick up the phone and call you to make plans for Christmas and for your birthday.. it is hard all of the time but I am keeping the promise I made you and Steve , I am holding strong, I try to stay away from the dark place that I want to go to sometimes.. Sometimes when I close my eyes all I can see if the final moments, I don’t want to see those..I want to see your smile, hear your laughter..listen to a really bad joke.. I just want you to be here dad I really do

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