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William Somerville

June 3, 1924 - September 28, 2013


Bill was born in Montreal and moved to Winnipeg at a young age.  He was the only son in a family of 5 sisters.  He will be loving remembered by his wife of 65 years Isabel, his daughter Catherine, son Jim and wife Allison, granddaughter Jolene and husband Marshall and great granddaughters Kendell, Sydney and Jordan.

He attended Gordon Bell High School and then joined the Navy for WW2 as a Communicator and took part in the D Day Invasion at Gold Beach.  He had varied careers with CN Rail, Duncan and District Credit Union, Pat Bay Cadet facility and Inland Security but the true joy of his life was his involvement in all of his extracurricular activities – Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Navy League of Canada, the Legion, the Masonic Lodge and all its concordant bodies, the Shrine, the United Church AOTS and the Royal Naval Association.

Bill embraced all of these organizations with commitment, enthusiasm, pride and a desire to serve.  He made everyone feel welcome and important in his life and was always interested in hearing the stories and remembering the details.  Everyone who was lucky enough to cross his path was enriched by his friendship.

A Funeral Service and Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street at 2:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: John and Pam Mainer
Relation: friends of the family

Mrs. Somerville, Cathy, John and families. So sad to learn of Mr. Somerville’s passing – Besides the broader naval family for which we’re sure you’ll hear from many who were touched by Slim’s life, please accept Pam’s and my personal condolences, we wish you well.

From: Ted Heap
Relation: During and after R.C.N. service.

A sad loss to all of us. Our thoughts are with you Isabelle and family. Ted and Lily.

From: Doug & Maria Mathieson
Relation: friend of the Family

Slim will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Deepest sympathy to Lou and family.

From: LCDR Keith Kohanzo, USNSCC
Relation: Knew him from HMCS Quadra

I knew Slim from my service as an exchange officer at HMCS Quadra. He was a true gentleman. It was an honor to know him, and I extend my sincere condolences to his wife and family.

From: Joyce Pleven
Relation: A friend and Shipmate.

My sincere condolences Isabelle and family.
It was both Doug and my pleasure and Honour to have had Slim in our lives. A true gentleman with a wonderful sense of humour.
I shall miss him.

From: Lynda and Ed Taylor
Relation: friend

Dearest Isabel, Cathi, Jamie and family. We send along our sincere sympathy in the loss of Bill. So many years of friendship, and so many wonderful memories of times on Havelock. While it is always sad to lose a loved one, we certainly can find comfort in knowing that Bill led a full life and certainly did it “his way”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Lynda and Ed

From: Mavis Bethune
Relation: Friend of Cathi's

Cathi & family: So sad to hear the news about your Dad’s passing. He certainly will be missed by many. Cathi, we’ve lost touch but I’d love to reconnect. Please email me. Thanks, Mavis

From: Hazen Best
Relation: RNA

Our condolences to Isabel and family. Slim will be missed at the RNA meetings. He was responsible for my joining the RNA and his sense of humor was legendary and lightened many a serious discussion in meetings. Hazen & Willie

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 11, 2013
Beginning at 2:00pm

Duncan United Church
246 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC Canada v9l6w3

246 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC Canada v9l6w3

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