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William (Bill) Thomas Walker

27/07/1952 - 14/04/2021

Obituary For William (Bill) Thomas Walker

It is with open loving hearts that we share with you that our beautiful one Bill Walker is carrying on with his journey beyond the veil into all that is love and light!

William Thomas Walker arrived on this earth July 27, 1952 and after 68 years, left his body on April 14, 2021.

He spent his younger years in Hythe where he attended school, then into Beaverlodge for high school. He left early to begin his venture into the world. Shortly after Kim (Pandachuck) entered his life. They were wed September 4, 1971. And thus, the adventures began, lasting an amazing 49 years. They are blessed with three children of such astounding uniqueness. He leaves behind a loving community of friends and family: Shea, his wife Loanne and their two children Peyton and Nyah; Dennis, his partner Angela and his two children Justice and Hunter; Donna Wiliams and her four children Chelsea, Josh, Paige, Zoe and her grandchildren.

Bill had many nieces and nephews that carry such love for him and many in laws loving him dearly. He has two siblings: sister Rhoda (husband Lawrence) Laboucane and family, and brother Lawrence (wife Cindy) and family.

Bill served the City and the province in many different roles. He had many achievements in his long and illustrious career. He started with the City of Grande Prairie in 1973 by becoming a firefighter. He moved onto: Lieutenant, Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Chief, Manager of Protective and Emergency Services, Protective Services Director and Community Safety Director. Municipally he became certified in Local Government Management and had many roles including working with the City of Grande Prairie Senior Management Team and serving as the interim CAO for the Town of Beaverlodge. Bill contributed to the community and the province in many ways including serving as board member for both PACE Community Support, Sexual Assault and Trauma Centre, and Alberta Sexual Assault Services. He received many commendations for his work including the Senior Executive Fellows Program Directors Award from the University of Alberta.

Bill retired from his city career after 40 years in 2013. He joined Transitional Solutions Inc. (TSI) as a consultant from 2015-2020. Another shining career he so enjoyed.

Bill had many passions in life including being an avid poker player and painter. He loved playing games, cooking, playing and listening to music and spending time with family and friends. He also loved to travel, and he explored many parts of the world with Kim. His laughter was so infectious, and his love was far reaching across this planet!

For those who wish to honour his memory please donate to Pace (780-539-6692) in lieu of flowers.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Kim and family, deepest condolences on your sad loss. Bill was such a lovely man, larger than life and I fondly remember him. We will keep you in our thoughts. Wendy and Brian Unsworth.
- Wendy Unsworth
To Bill's family, I extend my sincere condolences for your loss. Lynne Coulter
- Lynne Coulter
Kim and family. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Having both worked with Bill for over 30 years, we know he will be missed very much. Sincerely Bob and Yvonne Whittaker
- Yvonne Whittaker
So sad to hear about the passing of Bill. We worked together for 17 years at the City and had lots of good laughs and times where we suffered together through long and tedious meetings. We also had the after hour parties and retreats that involved drink and cards. Bill was lots of fun to be with. We were fortunate to visit with Bill and Kim last summer and carried on with the laughs again. We hoped to visit with Bill and Kim this summer when we visit GP but unfortunately that won't happen.
- ken & Aida Anderson
Kim & Family - Marg & I send our sincere sympathy to you at this time. I was fortunate to work with Bill for 18 years. Bill was a visionary and well respected where ever he left his mark. His personable demeanor and sense of humour made him a pleasure to work with. We wish you strength and love as you go forward.
- Dave Gourlay
I had the privilege of working beside Bill during his final years with the City of Grande Prairie. I will always remember his light hearted approach and his infectious laugh! I learnt many things from Bill but the one thing he was not able to teach me was his poker skills... he tried, but I was a poor student! He will be forever remembered as a supportive, caring, easy going individual and has made me a better person by having known him. My sincere condolences to the Walker family, may you find comfort in the many memories that you made together, memories that will last forever.. ❤️
- Kinza Trimm
Billy. You were such an amazing human being. You touched everyone in your own special way and left an impact on everyone who knew you. Your laughter love and caring will be remembered by all of us. You and Kim had an amazing life. I love you and miss you but will never forget you. ♥️♥️
- Gay Ponto
Thinking of you all at this difficult time..... huge hugs to you Kim and your loving family...... always loved running into you and Bill. He truly was a gem!! Marianne (Hartman) and Andy
- Marianne Hartman
Kim and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill touched many people in his career and his life. His goal was always to help people grow and become the best they could. He was an incredible mentor and a great friend. He will be missed by us all. Dan Lemieux & Cheryl McCarty
- Dan Lemieux
From Terry and I, our condolences to Kim and Family. I have known Bill for 25 years and worked with him at the City of Grande Prairie for 17 of those years; first as his supervisor and then as his colleague on the Senior Management Team. I have so many fond memories of Bill that I will carry with me in my heart. He had his "special suitcase" that he brought with him to overnight management retreats (which I inherited when Bill retired); I really loved when he (and Kim) showed up at our house parties (there was one time that he crashed into my drum kit and ended up with a bloody nose); I have many fotos of Bill playing poker (and even when he was losing to a novice player, he'd still have jokes to share). I'm glad that I got to see him and Kim last August but am sad that I missed seeing him earlier this year. Greg Scerbak
- Greg and Terry Scerbak
My deepest sympathy to Kim, Shea, Dennis, Donna & the entire family. MY love, thoughts & prayers go out to all of you at this extremely sad time. The memories of the times spent with Billy & you will forever remain cherished within my heart. God bless & take care.
- Alice Elsender
So sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed. He was a great guy and will miss his smile, our sympathies and hugs to you all. Lanny. And Pat
- Pat Rude
Dear Kim and family, I am saddened by the loss of Bill. I met him during my short time with the GPFD. He was a quiet man with a friendly smile and giving nature. We need more people like "Bill" in our world, especially now. I know he will live on in your hearts for eternity. Laurel Rohne
- Laurel Rohne
I am deeply saddened with the passing of such a beautiful caring man. Bill was extremely instrumental in helping me to secure municipal funding and stable support for the Grande Prairie STARS base especially during the early years. I cherished the opportunities working with him for 11 years and humbled to have had the honour to know him. Love and prayers to his family. Our community lost a great man. Glenda Farnden
- Glenda Farnden
Kim and family. My condolences to you all. Bill was a good kind man. Gayle Stevens
- Gayle Stevens
Saddened beyond belief when I read about Bill, he was a huge inspiration in my life. The knowledge, wisdom and guidance in helping all the Local Rural Fire Departments get set up on the 911 Dispatch Centre and how well we all worked together. A special place Bill now is in and a watchful eye he will keep on his Vast Emergency Services Family. 🙏
- Dean Drysdale
Remembered with kindness cousin...warm memories of our childhood
- Sharon svanda
Kim and family I'm so sorry for your loss. as a chiild growing up in Hythe the Walkers Fowlers and the Patterson families spent many happy times together Jerry and Carol (Patterson ) RUde
- Carol Rude
My heart hurts at the loss of such a special man, I need to remember he was a gift just being a friend. Kim and family so sorry for your loss. if I can help in any way please let me know.
- Jacquie
I attend school in Hythe and knew Bill from there as well as his sister was in the same grade. Got to know his father through the Legion . Then in 1983-84 attended GPRC and shared some projects working with Bill. He was a very easy person to work with on the project and his input helped us to receive a very good mark. My sympathies to you Kim and your children and grandchildren. Keep and share your memories often. Carol Thomson nee Wardill
- Carol Thomson
Kim, our thoughts and feelings are with you and your family. I will always treasure the time I shared with Bill especially when we partnered on Ambulance calls during my time with Oliver's. Bill was just a great person and truly a joy to be with. I will always remember the laughter and positive influence he had on everyone around him. With love. D'Arcy and Grace.
- D’Arcy and Grace Donald
My sincere condolences to Kim, Shea, Dennis, and Donna. As a good friend of Shea, I spent a considerable amount of time with the Walker family, and have many great memories. Bill was as solid as they come. If I remember correctly, he introduced me to the music of Buddy Holly. Rest easy Bill.
- Rex Ireland
Kim, I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We (Katherine Fleming and I) had the opportunity to work with Bill when we did some strategic planning with the City. He was so very supportive of us, inclusive and just downright nice. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. ❤️ Judy Tremaine (Grendys)
- Judy Tremaine
Our sincere condolences to all of your family. Bill is fondly remembered. Gord and Carol Stevens
- Carol Stevens
Kim and Family. Thoughts and prayers to you. He was a great boss , was a pleasure to work for him. He became a friend and will always hold a special place
- Kathy Blais

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