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Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre

14831 28th Ave, Surrey, BC

OBITUARY

William Douglas Webster

January 15, 1944January 28, 2020

"SIMPLY THE BEST"

This amazing man, who loved and guided us with wisdom, humility, wit and kindness, passed away on January 28, 2020 at age 76.

Bill was born in Abbotsford on January 15, 1944 and was raised in Oliver. He was an Okanagan boy at heart, who loved sunshine, hot summer days, endless amounts of fruit and swimming at Skaha Lake. Basketball and golf were lifelong passions, and he was a Yankees fan forever.

Bill worked as a Parks and Recreation Administrator for nearly 50 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors in British Columbia and across Canada. He was an inspiration, mentor and friend to many; a respected educator and an admired colleague. His legacy as a fundraiser continues to benefit numerous organizations to this day.

Bill’s greatest pleasure was the time he spent at home in Crescent Beach surrounded by family. He delighted in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and the example he set encouraged all of us to be better. He was our centre and will be forever loved and missed by Vivian, his wife and life partner of 43 years, their children Nathan (Charlotte) and Rachel (Corey), and granddaughters Isla and Sari. Bill is also survived by his son Tod (Marnie) in Florida and extended family in Washington State. He was predeceased by his parents Jim and Elsie Webster, his brother Jim and nephew Brad.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Tayebi, Dr. Thornton and the many staff at Peace Arch Hospital and Hospice for their care. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to:

Services

28 March

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Surrey Arts Centre

13750 88th Avenue
Surrey

Memories

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Alex & Bonnie Barnetson

February 12, 2020

Bonnie and I reminisce often about our time with BCRPA and the Webster family from our days at Hornby Street's Sport BC offices in the mid 80's, marvelling at what a great team and organization we were fortunate to be a part of – life changing in so many ways and as close to a family as you will ever find in a work environment. Bill’s empathy, eloquence, emotional intelligence, composure and sense of humour created a special environment. Bill was simply one of the best people one could be fortunate to know, let alone work for! Our hearts go out to Vivian, Rachel, Nathan, Tod and the extended families! Peace be with you all! Bless you William D Webster!

David Leavers

February 11, 2020

Before there was Linkedin, there was Bill Webster. Bill knew every Parks and Recreation professional in BC and where each of us was on our career path. Having a referral from Bill in any recruitment exercise was a sure ‘foot in the door’ and gave one instant credibility. I will always appreciate Bill for his kindness towards me after I arrived from Ontario in 1999 without a established network of my own. I met more people through Bill, and by participating at the Harrison retreat and the RecreOpen golf tournament, two annual events that Bill and Vivian made certain were well supported. Over the last 10 years, it has been hard to watch Bill lose his unique ability to connect with people within this network he fostered. But he leaves a rich legacy of people still working in the field that learned so much from him.

My heart goes out to Vivian and the family who have lost so much more than a professional mentor and friend.

Dean Gibson

February 10, 2020

I am forever grateful for the impact that Bill as had on my life. Taking a chance on me as a "fresh" university graduate and providing the opportunity to work with his team at the BC Recreation and Parks Association, Bill set me on a strong path for career and personal growth. Bill's legacy as one who has helped to shape the leadership of the Parks and Recreation field is not to be undervalued. He and Vivian have been great friends and mentors to many and Bill will be missed.

Leslie Rodgers

February 9, 2020

Vivian, Nathan, Rachel and family ... I am so sad to hear this news. Bill truly was the best - I can't think of a kinder, more humble, brighter and funnier person. What a pleasure it was to work with him and Vivian at PERC/Context, and to hear him speak so proudly about his children. He was a bright light in this world and I hope the outpouring of love you are receiving as people hear of his passing will help nourish you in this difficult time.

Tod webster

February 8, 2020

Tod webster

February 8, 2020

Valerie & John Mickey

February 8, 2020

Our family is deeply saddened with the loss of our beloved Uncle Bill. Our three adult children thrived as young children under Bill's calming influence and kind nature. He was always there for family events, Christmases, good times and bad times, his smile always lighting up the room. He was steady of mind at all times, in whatever situations that arose. We all looked to him for guidance. He was a rock; a gentle giant of a man. And boy... did he love cookies!

We all adored the man, our Brother in Law, our Uncle. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. He will be in our hearts & minds, forever & ever.

Valerie, John, Amanda, Bradley & Jennifer

Tod webster

February 8, 2020

My Dads (aka Billy) passing has been very hard on me, I have lived in the States, since I was a young child, and currently live in Florida, so we didn’t get to see each other, all that often, and we were not as close, as I would have hoped, but I have a lot of great memories of him, and my favorite, being the times we spent in Penticton, at Skaha lake and lake Okanogon, with Nana and all our family. Dad was always funny, smart, athletic, successful, dedicated to the family, his career, and I learned a lot from him. He will always be remembered as a good man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. The obituary that Vivian and Rachel wrote was spot on, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him....

Tod Webster

February 8, 2020

Wendy Scott

February 8, 2020


The obituary for Bill appropriately describes the person who touched so many people with his gentle ways, infectious smile and many kindnesses. My thoughts are with all of you as you mourn the loss of this wonderful person.

I am so lucky to have known him.

FROM THE FAMILY