We are sad to announce the passing of Bill, on the morning September 27, 2011.
Bill was born in Grand Forks, April 7, 1924 to Klaus and Ethel Scheer. Bill was the middle child of 3 boys. His brothers being Tom and Bob. In the later years of the 2nd world war Bill signed up with the Air Force and was trained as a gunner. He was sent up on several missions before they were shot down over Holland. He was able to parachute out of the plane and was rescued by the Belgian resistance and was hidden until they were
able to send him back to England. He was then sent back out for more missions before the war ended.
When he got back to Canada, he took over from his father the Strand Fountain in Trail.
He met his wife Jean (a lab technician), shortly after returning to Trail when he went
to volunteer as a cross matched blood donor at the hospital. They were married June 3, 1947. They had 3 children, Chris, Ron and Ken.
During the late 60’s he sold the Strand fountain and started working for Cominco and was soon transferred over to Kimberley as shift boss for the iron plant there. This job lasted until the closing of the iron plant in 1973 and he was transferred back to Trail as the shift boss for the Fertilizer plant. Unfortunately, Cominco started downsizing in the 70’s and Bill was given the “Golden Handshake” by Cominco before he was really ready to retire. This is when he took on two jobs being the guarding of prisoners at the Police station and also working for Carberry’s Funeral Home. He was always coming home with some unusual stories to share with us.
When retirement truly came Jean and Bill did a lot of travelling.
Bill was one of those honest, hardworking, fun loving men that all of his crew and friends loved. He was known for his sense of humour and his love of teasing people and equally enjoyed being teased back. He was often seen walking the hill between Warfield and downtown Trail everyday when he was able.
During his life he was a volunteer for the Kimberley Air Cadets as well the Kimberley Volunteer Ambulance. He played goalie in the 50’s for the Trail Firefighters hockey team. He also curled, skied and played softball.
Bill was living in Rosewood Village for the past 3 years on the residential side and all the staff loved his sharp mind, wit and of course his constant teasing.
He will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife Jean, his three children and their spouses – Chris/Bob, Ron/Suzane and Ken/Tracy. Also, his youngest brother Bob and his wife Wilma.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation at 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2 or online at www.heartandstroke.ca
A service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday
September 29, 2011. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
Veterans/Legionnaires please attend.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca