William (Bill) Beckett

Passed 23/04/2021

Obituary For William (Bill) Beckett

Bill Beckett died quietly at home on April 23 at the age of 70. He was born in the late summer of 1950 and grew up on the family farm near Biggar, SK. He loved his family, always being grateful for the example of his parents on how to live and love, the closeness to his siblings and cousins, and the ‘trouble’ he got into with his lifelong friend. Bill moved to Grande Prairie in the early 70s where he soon met his best friends and started a janitorial business. His free time was spent traipsing around the countryside or camping and fishing with his buddies and their wives. When he just could not live in the city any longer, he moved to an acreage near Grovedale where he changed camping and fishing to mowing, growing and blowing, he still needed to outside. Around this time, Bill got a ‘real’ job as a salesman travelling the Peace country selling janitorial equipment and sharing his knowledge in the industry. It was through these travels that he met Marilyn, his greatest love and wife of 22 years. In the early part of 2000, he heard about the Andean Medicine Wheel which, after completing, brought him peace and healing. He started the Pachamama Healing Centre so that he could help others by teaching them all that he had learned from the four directions. Bill will be missed by all who knew him.
Bill was not afraid of death and in his own word, here is his wish for all of us:
“To my family and friends who have travelled this path of life with me, I want to tell you all that I love you and have deeply appreciated the sharing of life with you through these years, the sharing of laughter, tears, joy, birth, death and the toils of everyday life. The bonds that we have built will continue to be shared long after we have left this physical plane. The one thought that I would like to share with you is: if you don’t like your life….change it.”
Bill leaves to remember him always his wife Marilyn, sister Joanne (Dave), brothers John (Kathy) and Ken (Sherrill), his “mom” Mary, stepbrother James (Mika), his Aunty Jean, mother-in-law Naomi, sister-in-law Doreen (Aaron), brothers-in-law Theodore (Jamie), Timothy, and Nathan (Bonnie) and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father Glenn, mother Eleanor and father-in law Jacob.
Bill wanted a “short memorial service, so my friends and family can be together and rejoice in my spiritual freedom and new life.” In these times, we are going do to something a little different. Please contact Marilyn by June 30 for memorial details.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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I was very sad to hear Bill passed away. Although I did not often see him, he helped me to change my life. His dedication and love of the earth, and of teaching and healing, was truly inspiring. His sense of humor, his willingness to help others, and his down to earth nature, really stood out. Bill enriched my life experience, and I shall not forget. Heartfelt condolences to Marilyn, and to all his family and friends. Rest in peace Bill. May your spirit live on. Joanne Pottage
- Joanne Pottage
Our condolences and prayers to Marilyn and family. We knew Bill through the business and he had his repairs done at the shop, he was a very kind man and he was always welcome. Rest In Peace Bill. Keith Sefton and family.
- Keith Sefton
I feel very blessed to have had the experience of growing up with bonds that have lasted a lifetime. Bill's Dad and Our Dad were brothers, they raised their families just across the road from each other. We have lots of wonderful " do you remember when's" . What a wonder inheritance . Rest well Bill. Cousin Caroline
- Caroline Westman
Saddened to hear of Bill's passing. As a former client of Bill's, I can say he was one of the nicest 'salesmen' I ever had to work with. Bill made people feel like family, he respected their opinions and treated everyone fairly. He was a go-to guy to call for advice in an emergency and was not afraid to roll up his sleeves and give you a hand. Sending condolences to his family and friends.
- Carolyn Pilgrim

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