William Rothery

September 18, 1937November 17, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of William (Bill) Rothery beloved husband to Margaret Rothery (nee Smith, Millar), loving father to his children William (Tracy) Rothery and Kimmy (Paul) de Bree, and his much loved step children, Norman Smith, Deanna Pfeifer nee Smith (Rob), and Vance (Shauna) Smith.

Bill also leaves behind the pride and joy of his life, grandchildren: William, Marissa (Ryan), Karina (Blain), and Cassandra. Also great grandchildren: Kaylie, Jessie-Marie, Allie, Skyla, Zoey, Kingston, and his step grandchildren: Vince, Sheldon, Danielle, Katie, Mathew and Nathaniel.

Born to John William Rothery and Margaret Kathleen Rothery at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Victoria B.C., Bill lived his childhood years in Esquimalt. He attended Lampson Street School and Esquimalt High where he played rugby, basketball and track & field.

Bill joined the Royal Canadian Air force in 1955 serving his country as a Radar Technician for 20 years. After retiring from the military, Bill began his new career with the Esquimalt Police and Fire Department in Communications (Dispatch and Records) for the next 22 years.

Bill valued his friendships and community with great passion. Following his love of music, he sang with the Greater Victoria Police Chorus for over 30 years. He was involved with the International Police Association where he was the recipient of the 2015, Region 13 Len Watkins Memorial Award (Motto, “Service through Friendship”). A member of Citizens on Patrol (COPS), Bill led as President and Vice President for the years he served with the Society.

Over the years, Bill and Marg travelled to many countries around the world including travels with the Police Chorus. Bill easily connected with people and had many lasting friendships. Friends visiting Bill in later years were sure to be shown photos of his family and challenged to a game of cribbage.

Bill passed peacefully at home with family by his side, listening to music. A special thank you to those who made it possible for him to remain at home. Your support and loving care is so greatly appreciated. Live streaming of the private church service will be made available to friends and family.

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Wendy Burns

December 1, 2020

I always claimed Bill as my cousin as we were much nearer in age
than my mother, who was his actual cousin .

At our first meeting I was a teenager, amazed at what a happy, friendly fellow he was. He made me feel happy! All through the years Bill brought that happy attitude with him. He was such a sincere man, so positive, caring and Fun! Good memories, Bill,
Thank you.

Graham & Maureen Benton

November 26, 2020

We first met Bill back in 1993 when we took part in an International Music Festival in Victoria and became firm friends, with a common interest in music. He was a great guy, always had a smile on his face, an infectious laugh and with a love of practical jokes. We have made many trips to Canada since our first visit and Bill and Marg were always on the list to see and to catch up with all the news. He will be sadly missed by us and all his family and friends who knew him, and will always have a place in our memories of Canada.
From Graham & Maureen, and Folkore members past and present - with our deepest condolences from the UK

Katie Pfeifer

November 25, 2020

I'm so grateful for all the wonderful memories I have with you Grandpa, like your enthusiastic and heartwarming hug and kiss everytime I saw you, quickly followed by an invitation to play crib. I'm grateful for the time we spent together at the Horne Lake cabin every year, for all the games of crib and for your interest and support in everything I did. You are and forever will be missed.

Love and hugs to the rest of the family, especially Grandma.

Marsh & Joy Swartz

November 24, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Bill & Marg’s family........Joy and I are “shocked to hear of Bill’s passing!!...... our association with Bill was at RCAF Station Dawson Creek, 1958.......... Bill was a friend over the ensuing years and we enjoyed his visits when we lived in Qualicum Beach .......... His military dedication was admired by his fellow Airmen......a true professional!!....... Rest In Peace my friend, you will be missed..............Per Ardua Ad Astra......

Brent Carbery

November 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to Marg and family on Bill's passing. I will remember Bill as the consummate gentleman and the life of every get together. He will be deeply missed but fondly remembered.

Lesley Pike

November 23, 2020

It was such a pleasure to have known you. I will miss your random phone calls and visits.

Gord Howe

November 23, 2020

Gord and I send our heartfelt sympathy to all the family. We have so many good memories.

Gary and Carol Verge

November 23, 2020

Marg and Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
We are so happy that we were able to visit you guys last time we were in BC.
Here is a picture of us all at the FAAAR2018 Reunion.
The Shoults Gang also send their Condolences, I'm sure Bill and my Dad and my brother Bill will be getting together in Heaven.
Gary and Carol(Shoults) Verge
Michael, Patsy, David and Daniel Shoults

Betty Penney

November 22, 2020

Marg and family - I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a person whose smile could light up a room! Please accept my sincere condolences with love, Betty Penney

Ken Weiss

November 21, 2020

So long Bill many good memories
And hot coffees with you at the old Esq. P.D. one of the best friends to visiting V.C.P. members.
Will miss you buddy.
Ken weiss(retired V.C.P )


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