April 17, 1915 – September 19, 2012
Bill was born on April 17, 1915 in Nelson, British Columbia. Canada. He was the Son of James King Davidson and Mary Elizabeth Carlisle. Bill grew up in Castlegar, worked for Cominco after graduation and bought a home in Warfield.
Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War Two. He served on an escort ship protecting the Convoy’s crossing the Atlantic. After the war, he returned to his family in British Columbia.
In 1939, Bill married Juanita Miller from Blackie, Alberta, Canada. Their favorite song was the “Harbor Lights” It was the song being played at a dance when they first met in the Warfield Hall.
In 1951 Bill and his family moved to Oakland, California. He worked a Painter until he was hired to work on the Bay Bridge as a painter. He progressed through his 27 year carrier with the State of California Bridge Authority, retiring as a Chief Inspector.
Bill was a member of the Mason’s for over 65 years and still has his membership in the Lodge in Trail, British Columbia.
Bill, and his wife Juanita, loved to travel. In their retirement years, they took many cruises and visited over 100 countries around the world. They have lived in the Bay Area since 1951 and raised their family here.
Bill and Juanita would come back to Trail occasionally to visit their good friends Setty and Betty D’Arcangelo and also their nephew Jack McConnachie (Patricia). In 2009, they traveled to Blackie, Alberta to celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary in the home they were married in.
Bill is survived by his wife of 73 years, Juanita. He is also survived by daughters; Darleen Cormier and Terry Benson, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
A memorial service for Bill was held on Sunday, September 23, 2012.