William Murray Stockand, known to most as “Bill”, died on September 8, 2009 at home in Revelstoke, B.C. of congestive heart failure. He was 66 years old. Bill was born in Calgary Alberta on November 18, 1942 to William and Madeline Stockand, although he lived most of his early life in Penticton, B.C.
His varied interests through school included playing trombone, studying Latin, and learning photography. This eclectic approach to life stayed with Bill, and he found opportunities to learn and be challenged in diverse situations. This included more than two decades of industrial first aid certification that frequently challenged his fear of heights, and an ongoing fascination with politics and world affairs. He delved into the Stockand (Stockan) family history after the death of his mother, and in doing so met family and made even more friends online.
Bill was happiest working with his hands, and took pride in his work. Over the 33 years he lived in Revelstoke, he was part of the community through work and life. Whether it was working on the dam, in one of the many mills in the area, construction projects of all sizes, including the Railway Museum, or at Selkirk Specialty Woods, he loved what he did, and enjoyed showing family and friends all about it. His gregarious nature also led to being involved with a number of groups over the years, including Kinsmen, the Revelstoke Aquaducks Swim Club, and Logger’s Sports Day.
Bill’s sharp wit and great sense of humour made it easy for him to talk to anyone he met. He made many friends across many walks of life, and he valued them all. It is no surprise that family and friends alike have benefited from Bill’s kindness and loyalty. Bill was a doer: he did what needed to be done, smiling and happy to be able to help out.
Bill is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Keitha and Tanya (Tom), his sister Margaret (Michael), mother-in-law Dorothy, numerous nieces and nephews, many friends, and Scamp the dog. He is predeceased by both his parents.
Bill always seemed to be the favourite with the many pets the rest of the family brought home. No dog ever missed a walk no matter how late the shift or how much snow on the ground.
Donations to your local SPCA or the Heart and Stroke Foundation are welcome tributes to Bill. He is missed.
Arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers
Funeral Home, Revelstoke, BC.