Timothy Otto Bilou

Passed Away December 9, 2023
December 11, 2023 8 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Timothy Otto Bilou, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grand grandfather, brother, and friend. Tim departed this world on December 9th, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and great memories. He was 77 years old.

Tim was born in Wetaskiwin, and grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Following graduation from public school, Tim attended Covenant Bible College in Prince Albert, SK and Seattle Pacific College in Washington. He continued his educational journey, attaining an undergraduate degree in education, master’s in education and a master’s in business administration. Throughout his career, Tim taught music, was a band director, a classroom teacher, school administrator and assistant superintendent for Northland School Division. He also developed curriculum and training simulations for the Calgary Police Service. When Tim and Rose moved to Kitimat BC, he was Director of Education for Haisla First Nation. While in Kitimat Tim and Rose bought and operated Channel’s Edge Inn. During his retirement, Tim happily watched the wild birds outside his window, created beautiful soap stone and wood carvings, and frequently guilted his children and grandchildren to come visit him.

Timothy is survived by his devoted wife, Rosemarie Bilou, with whom he shared a lifetime of love and companionship these past 54 years. Rose always said that living with Tim was never boring.

Tim leaves behind a legacy of love through his children, Teresa Evans (Mark), Kris Bilou (Amanda), and Suzy Pruden. He is predeceased by this son Benjamin Bilou and his son-in-law Ryan Pruden. There are so many fond memories of the times spent with his children camping, fishing, snowmobiling, building campfires, quadding, bannock making, and being outdoors. There are many stories of harrowing adventures that Tim’s kids can provide where, after some reflection as adults, realize were not entirely safe or well thought out. One of Tim’s favourite places was living in Fort Vermilion and boating on the Peace River enjoying long summer days on the sandbar. He also greatly enjoyed living close to Rose’s parents and playing pranks on her dad Roy like throwing firecrackers in the fire when Roy wasn’t looking.

Family was the cornerstone of Tim's life, and he found joy in the company of his grandchildren Nate & Lily Evans, Grayson & Paige Bilou, Autumn & Eric Pruden, and great grandchild Rhylen Friesen. His kindness, generosity, and sarcastic sense of humor created a welcoming atmosphere that made everyone feel loved and cherished. Tim’s face would light up whenever his grandchildren came to visit and spend time with him, either watching TV, sitting by a campfire, or helping him cook in the kitchen. Tim also leaves behind his sister Judy Nelson (Jim) and brother Dick Bilou. One of Tim’s favourite things to do was visit Judy and Jim in Norquay where they cooked and found creative projects to do.

Tim was a dreamer, always up for an adventure and taking the road less travelled. He loved animals and had a menagerie of pets throughout his life including dogs, cats, iguanas, tarantulas, snakes, alligators, budgies, doves, cockatiels, and love birds. He was disappointed when the family refused to allow him to have a pet raccoon. Tim had very strong faith and often volunteered in the church to lead and sing.

A private green burial service will be held for Tim’s immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Western Canadian Ocular Oncology Fund (Link) in Tim's honor.

Rest in peace, Tim. You will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.

  1. Tim was a gentle soul with a wicked sense of humor, always looking for the next challenge. He will be missed but it’s wonderful to know he is with his Savior….. don’t doubt he’s leading the choir❤️

  2. What a kind, generous wonderful man Tim was!! I feel so fortunate to have met him as Rose was a colleague and dear friend and I was lucky enough to spend a week at their home in Calgary as their guest. Tim was a gracious host, driving us to and from work and creating lovely meals at the end of the day. He spoke lovingly of all his family and lived a full life but cut too short! I loved his sense of humour and only wished my husband could have met him too! Thinking of you dear Rose with deepest sympathies as well as your children and grandchildren So wish I was closer but my thoughts and prayers are with you always

  3. What a wonderful man! So many memories to treasure and hold close in your hearts! May you alll find comfort knowing that he is resting, at peace and watching over you!
    Our deepest condolences,
    Joanne & Bob (neighbors)

  4. We feel a sense of incredible sadness in the loss of such a close friend. The memories of years spent together in Fort McMurray with Tim, Rose and their children will be cherished forever. To know Tim, one was filled with the assurance you’d gained a ‘forever’ friend. We are blessed knowing Tim’s rejoicing in heaven because of his deep love and commitment to Christ. What a blessing knowing we’ll see him again! Our love and prayers are with you, Rose, and your entire family! Lorraine & Doug

  5. Our condolences to you, Rosemarie, Teresa, Kris, and Suzy. We pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort and sustain you during this time of deep loss of your husband and father.
    It was a privilege to know and Pastor your family for 3 short years in the early ’90’s.
    Tim’s life touched many lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May his legacy live on through each of you and your families.
    Our prayers are with you throughout this time of sorrow and adjustment.
    God bless you all!
    Pastor David and Betty Harrington and family

  6. Rose and family …..
    Let me say again that we share in your grief at this sad time. But knowing he has gone to a peaceful place in God’s kingdom is a reason to rejoice for his peace now! May we all share in the memories we all have of Tim’s kindness to all! Bless Bless,
    Gerry & Jamie

  7. Dear Rose,
    I just noticed an announcement of Tim’s passing in the U of A New Trail Magazine (Spring/Summer 2024). My heart is so sad. I think the last time we saw you and Tim was at a Fort Saskatchewan High School Class of 1965 reunion many decades ago. Most of my memories of Tim (and his family) are prior to 1965 but those are the ones that really endure over the years. I appreciated reading the account of Tim’s life—it sounds like a precious adventure. I’m praying that the Lord will comfort and encourage you and your family; I’m sure you are missing him dearly.

  8. Condolences Rosemarie and family.
    I was checking to see if there were any pictures of Channel’s Edge Inn and was searching Tim’s name when I came across the announcement.
    Remembering you both at the wonderful staff gatherings hosted at the Inn and Tim as my supervisor at the school. I have often thought how you both were.
    It nice to know Tim during his time here.

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