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Merritt Funeral Chapel

2113 Granite Avenue, Merritt, BC

OBITUARY

William James PERRIE

August 9, 1938August 11, 2019
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William (Bill) Perrie Sunday, 11 Aug 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of William (Bill) Perrie on August 11, 2019 at the age of 81.

Born in Penticton BC on August 9,1938. Bill is predeceased by his wife Joyce Perrie, parents James and Edith Perrie, sister Jean Roberts and grandson Ryan James. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Shelley (Gerry) Robinson, son Trevor MacDonald, many grand children and great grand children. Nephew Ralph Roberts (Suzy and Oliva).

A celebration of life will be held at the Merritt Funeral Chapel on September 28,2019 at noon, with a reception to follow. The family would like to thank Dr. McLeod and the care staff at the Florentine.

Services

28 September

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm

Merritt Funeral Chapel

2113 Granite Avenue
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8

Refreshments will follow the service - everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy some memory sharing with Bill's Family.

Memories

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Ralph Roberts

September 11, 2019

We will always love and miss Bill and Joyce and are grateful to have had the honor of having them in our lives. We feel solace in knowing that they are together.

To say we are heart broken that Bill passed and that Joyce passed a year and a half ago, is an understatement! Our lives will forever be impacted by their love and wisdom! We love you Bill and we love you Joyce!!!

Love from,
~Ralph, Suzy, and Olivia

Ralph Roberts

September 11, 2019

Bill also loved to tell tales and had silly sayings. When I was about four years old, Bill had a model steam roller sitting on a shelf up above the table in the kitchen. He told me that one night he heard a noise outside so he went to investigate and there was a steam roller running around in the yard. He picked it up and brought it inside and kept it. I believed this story for many years. As a young boy I also remember having a battery-operated tower crane that Bill got for me. I would use it to pick up my LEGO and other small toys. Bill also liked to teach me new words for things. For instance, processed cheese became “plug-em” much to my mother’s disgust. The hospital was the “bandaid station”, the Doctor was “saw bones”, the ambulance was the “bandaid wagon”, a flat tire was a “sad sack”, and a handkerchief was a “snot rag”. When I was just a baby, Bill gave me a teaspoon of champagne on New Year’s and my mom and dad said I laughed all night from it. Bill broke his hip in the mid 80’s when he was working alone in the Body Shop changing light bulbs and he fell off the ladder onto a cement floor. While in the hospital, Bill was visited by many people from all over North Island: people from Island Copper Mine, the Body Shop, logging companies, etc... (Bill was clearly a well liked and respected man!). One of the gifts he received was a Playboy magazine. When I went and visited with my mom he presented me with the Playboy magazine, in front of my mom and Joyce much to their shock and horror! Joyce exclaimed “Bill!” And Bill calmly responded, “do you want me to keep it?!” That was my Uncle Bill.

Bill and Joyce were a huge part of my youth growing up in Port Hardy: family dinners, Christmas’, a trip to Mexico, I got my first job at the Body Shop thanks to Bill, and many other memories that could fill a book.

[A little more to come.....]

Ralph Roberts

September 11, 2019

Bill will always be my Uncle, my Uncle Bull (my name for Bill when I was a little boy because I couldn’t say Bill), an amazing man, and a very special person to myself, my wife, and our daughter Olivia. Bill was a man of few words, but each and every word was meaningful and filled with wisdom and love! Bill and Joyce meant the world to me as I grew up in Port Hardy. Bill was always known as a dedicated and hard-working family man. His career was as an excellent Parts-man for various Ford dealerships and he ended his career working as a Parts-man for Merritt’s GM dealership. While in Port Hardy, Bill was the Parts Department Manager of Dave Landon Motors and later helped run North Coast Toyota also in Port Hardy, as well as being involved in a joint venture in a Body Shop with Dave Landon all under the title of “D&W Leasing” (Dave and William Leasing).

Bill always gave us guidance and support with his great wisdom; always letting us know that we were doing our best. When we would visit, Bill would always let us know of special places to visit: driving along the Coldwater Road outside of Merritt, experiencing the Othello Tunnels near Hope, driving on the many alternative roads to Kamloops or Princeton, or simply telling us about other Perrie family members who we never learned about until Bill shared as well as telling us about the orchard he and my mom grew up on.

[More to come in the next posting....]

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Bill's Family:
Mom & Dad (James & Edith) Bill's Sister (Jean) & Cousin (Albert) with Bill.

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Wedding Day: April 8, 1978

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Bill's Family:
Mom & Dad (James & Edith) Bill's Sister (Jean) & Cousin (Albert) with Bill.

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Wedding Day: April 8, 1978

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Bill totally rocked the 70's