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William (Bill) Sketchley

May 25, 1928 - March 9, 2018


Bill Sketchley was born in Quill Lake, Saskatchewan on 25 May 1928.  He grew up during the Depression on the prairies and his family then moved to New Brunswick on a homestead.  Bill worked in a paper mill and made enough money to buy an Indian motorcycle.  He biked across Canada, eventually following his Uncle Dick and Aunt Mabel ( Richard and Mabel Roberts) and family to Powell River.

Bill stepped off the streets into the Powell River Company (Mac and Blo) office and worked as a pape maker for over 40 years.

Family was the focus of Bill’s life and he married the love of his life, his girl, Bertha, whom he shared over 62 wonderful years with.

Bill spent his last year of life in Evergreen Care Unit surrounded by new friends and family.

Bill is loved by his family who will miss him terribly.  Bertha, Ivan (Kelly), Deborah, Donna.  Grandchildren Brian, Lauren (Andre), Clayton, Conor, MacNeil, and Shea.  As well as three special children; Bret, Brinley and Hilly.  Cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the USA.  Brothers Charles (Ellen) and Raymond (Heather). Sisters Eveline and Shirley.

The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Evergreen Care Unit staff, especially the Activity people, and Dr. Schweitzer.  Along with his regular visitors and two people who added to his enjoyment, Patti Anderson and Elaine DelGuidice.  In addition, a particularly special thank you for the friendship of the Bill ‘s at his table .

No service.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Evergreen Activity Program or a charity of your choosing.




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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Moyra Palm
Relation: Friend of Ray & Heather

Sorry for your loss Ray.

From: wanda and Donnie steeves
Relation: Friend of the family

We are sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, He was a great man. I always enjoyed seeing you both when you came home to Grammie Annies years ago. please pass our condolence to all of the family. God Bless!

From: Elsie and family
Relation: I am Bertha's nephrws wife

Thinking of you all at this sad time of loss. love from Elsie and family

From: Josephine Morrissey
Relation: friends

So sorry to see the message about Bills passing He was such a friendly man and will be missed by many John and Josephine Morrissey

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