Earl William "Bill" Daly

09/11/1939 - 24/04/2023


Obituary For Earl William "Bill" Daly

November 9, 1939 – April 24, 2023

Earl William “Bill” Daly, age 83, of Spirit River passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 24, 2023, at the Central Peace Health Complex, after a year of declining health.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Earl and Thelma Daly, Brother Rodney, wife Gail, niece Anita, grandson Max Drasak; son Shawn, and close companion Adaline Edey.

Missing him deeply are his children Carol (Frank) Drasak of Edmonton, Brice (Loretta) of Spirit River, Sharon (Chris) Checkel of Coronation, daughter-in-law (Sherri) Daly of Grande Prairie, grandchildren Michelle (Logan) Matthews, Ryan (Bree) Daly, Robin Daly, Matthew Checkel, and Noah Drasak, as well as great-grandchildren Digory, Claire, Winston, Phoebe and Cassie, who all called him “Pop.” Bill is also survived by brothers Richard, Keith and Bert, sisters Fran, Colleen and Jan, aunts Dorothy Cox, Elenore Bell, and Esther Daly, in addition to numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Bill was born on November 9, 1939, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Earl and Thelma (Jacobsen) Daly. He was the first of eight children: Bill, Frances, Dick, Colleen, Keith, Janice, Rodney, and Bert. The family moved to High Prairie, AB in 1946. There he courted a local girl, Gail Bell, and married her on August 11, 1961. Their first year, while attending SAIT in Calgary, Bill drove back every 2nd weekend to their home in Kinuso, to spend time with his new bride. Here in Kinuso, Gail taught school. For Bill, this was a 1,200 km return trip from Calgary. After all that driving, Bill hated Calgary for the rest of his life. After SAIT they moved to Grande Prairie, AB., where they would start their family. In 1967, Bill was transferred to Peace River, where they would live for the next 6 months before being transferred to Spirit River. It was here where Bill & Gail would settle down and raise their family.

Bill worked for AGT, which later became Telus from 1964 to 1999, spanning 4 decades. Back in those days, everyone with a telephone knew Bill Daly. Some people called him “Phone Bill”. His job involved a lot of driving, from Bonanza to Watino. To their four children, Bill and Gail were the best parents. We suspected it as kids, but we are certain of it now. Summers were for camping and fishing; winters were for snowmobiling and ice fishing. Dad never did like cats (at all). He pretended not to like the dog, but he didn’t fool us. He did like working with his hands. He was an able electrician, carpenter, blacksmith, fisherman, storyteller, mechanic, firefighter, handyman, volunteer, anonymous do-gooder, bread baker, Bingo Caller and chicken cooker. He was pragmatic, with a sometimes-twisted sense of humour; he was irreverence mixed with compassion.

This is the tip of the iceberg. To hear more, please join Bill Daly’s family at his Celebration of Life, to be held at the Centennial Hall in Spirit River at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 29th, 2023. Interment to follow at the Spirit River cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a charitable donation. Dad liked STARS, MS Society and CNIB, but there are many worthy causes.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home (780) 830-7742


29 Jul

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM

Centennial Hall 4812 44 Avenue Spirit River, AB Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 03/07/2023

    I visited with Bill periodically over the last year of his life. I really would have liked to spend more time with him, but life has a way of getting in the way. I do remember the first time we met, however, and he was telling me a story about a farmer that was using a backhoe to dig something up and hit a few cables in the process. Bill went out to repair the telephone line, and the farmer was telling him what happened. Bill asked him how he knew he hit the power line, and the fella said "because it went from quiet to WAHOO! all of a sudden". Bill was a pretty good story teller when he got going, but it could take him a while to get there. I'm sorry I couldn't have been there more for you Bill, but I'm glad I got to know you as much as you let me while we had the time together.

  • 15/05/2023

    I'm very sorry to learn of Bill's passing, and offer sincerest sympathies to his family. Our acquaintance that blossomed into friendship goes back to the 1970's. Bill and I spoke regularly on the phone during the past couple of years, following the funeral of my wife Beth, regaling each other with our highs and lows. I greatly miss those calls. Garry Chmara

  • 03/05/2023

    Our deepest sympathies with the loss of your dad "Bill". I first got to know him as our AGT "guy" & had many laughs with his dry sense of humour & then again later in life through his selfless acts of volunteering & being a general great guy! Our community will deeply feel his loss. Evelyn & Stan Bzowy

  • 01/05/2023

  • 01/05/2023

    sorry for your loss

  • 01/05/2023

    There is only once that I can lose an older brother and it hurts. Bill and I were close in age and everything youngsters do and then some. Bill was an inventor from a young age. He had the first mo-ped and the first boot chains in town. Bill was concerned about the welfare of everyone that he knew. Everyone knew that he never hurt a soul in his life. Goodbye brother. Dick

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