William (Bill) Tremain

October 18, 1948 - March 25, 2022
March 30, 2022 42 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Tremain on Friday, March 25, 2022. Bill will lovingly be remembered and deeply missed by his wife and best friend Michele, three children Darrin Tremain, Kim (Tremain) Brochu and Kelley Tremain, son-in-law Cam Brochu and the loves of his life his grandchildren Avery Brochu, Isabel Brochu and Mercedes Kennedy, grandson-in-law Andy Kennedy and his great grand-children Sailor, Wylder and Jett. He also leaves to mourn him his brother Jack, Sandy and sister Delores.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Vern and Fern Tremain and his brothers Al, Ray and sisters Carol and Wendy.

Bill was born on October 18, 1948, in Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. Bill served 24 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He served the Royal Canadian Artillery units in Canada, Germany and 2 UN tours in Cyprus and with the Canadian Airborne Regiment. With great strength of character and an admirable work ethic he had a second career for 22 years as a Construction Safety professional, with PCL for 6 years and joined the ACSA for another 16 years in Safety and training. Bill taught safety courses for the Alberta Construction Safety Association and was considered one of their top Instructors due to his knowledge, listening and communication skills.

Bill and Michele loved travelling, the outdoors and spending time at the lake. Bill was a very proud father who placed a lasting imprint on his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives, empowering their self-worth. Those close to Bill would describe him as a good and happy man, a man of character on whom they could rely on. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held on July 30th at the St. Albert Legion, 6 Tache St, St. Albert, AB. from noon until 3pm.

  1. I am sorry for your family loss. Please accept my prayers of love. God will help you and your family through this hard time. Your father is at rest now.

  2. Fine gentleman, he will be missed. Airborne RIP Jumper

  3. 🙏✝🙏✝🙏✝🙏✝🙏✝🙏✝🙏✝🙏✝ RIP SIR, May you forever have light winds! AATW “RESPECT Bill, Thank You for UR service, EOM Stand @ Ease 🪂🪂🪂🪂🪂 Airborne Ubique

  4. My condolences, I hope that time may assuage the agony of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.

  5. RIP old soldier.
    AIRBORNE

  6. Dear Michele and Family
    Please accept our warmest condolences as we are deeply sorry for your loss.
    Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  7. Dear Kim, Kelly, Darrin & all family members,
    John & I would like to send our sincerest condolences on the passing of your Father, grandfather & husband.
    May God give you all the strength to carry on & to hold onto the fond memories of him.
    With love from John & Bertha Kehler (Langley BC)

  8. Bill, I remember the many fun times we had when we shared a house back in the 70s. You will be forever remembered and missed by many. Rest easy my friend and drift slowly on until eternity.

  9. So saddened to hear of bills passing… a gentle smile and a kind word always… fly free now Bill… you will be missed by all. You touched many lifes… your memory will live on in your children and their families. Rest in peace….

  10. STAND EASY, REST IN PEACE………..Jerry Raymond

  11. CWO Bill Tremain was an outstanding gunner who took great pride in his Regiment and his service with the Airborne Regiment. I came to know him after he retired where his passion for military history was evident, as was his outgoing enthusiastic personality. His work on recording the service of the Airborne Battery will leave a lasting legacy to future gunners seeking examples of devotion to duty. I offer my sincere condolences to his entire family and to the many, many Gunners across Canada who served with him. End of mission. Stand Easy. Ubique. Ex Coelis.

  12. Mes plus sicaires condoléences a toute la famille Tremain, spécialement a toi Michel.
    The first time that I have met Bill, it was in Edmonton on May 18, 1972, he was Mbdr and jumpmaster.
    Bill was taske to check me on the landing souing and to confermed that I was hupe to date on my jumpings technique.
    I served whit in 4 1/2 years in Edmonton, ialso in Cyprus and later in Germany.
    May you rest in peace Bill. And of Mission and Have a good one.

  13. Dear Michele & Family,
    Please except my sincere condolences on the passing of Bill.
    Bill and I go back a long ways we first met attending a course in Gagetown in 1975, served together in different units in Canada and abroad and even on a UN tour of Cyprus. After retirement we kept our friendship and visited each other many times in various places mostly playing golf in the US and sometimes here in Canada. He was a true friend to me and I will miss him dearly.
    May he rest in peace his dedication to family and fellow soldiers was second to none.
    Yours truly,
    Tom Tomaso

  14. I am lucky and privileged to have had Bill as a great friend. He was a caring person and one of the best and dedicated Airborne soldiers I have worked with. The good times we had together were some of the best ever. Michelle, you and his family were fortunate to have him as a husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will always be missed and never forgotten. Condolences and best wishes to the family!

    Brad Mills

  15. Our condolences to his family and friends.

  16. RIP Soldier Bill and Thank you for your service to Canada and beyond. You were a remarkable Leader when we served together in 2 RCHA. As the years past we kept in touch and I enjoyed the comments back and forth. Adriana and I are saddened by your passing and it surely came to soon.
    Our condolences to Michele and family.
    Stand Easy my Friend and Brother-In-Arms!

  17. RIP jumper

  18. Bill Tremain will be remembered as a caring friend, a loving husband and father/grandfather and an exceptional soldier. I had the honour of serving with Bill while with 1 Airborne Battery. He was my good friend and one of the most qualified paratroopers in the Airborne Regiment. One of my most cherished belongings is my jumper statuette. Bill Tremain rigged up and posed for this creative piece of art. I remember him every time I look at it. A wonderful, warm man who lived a full life and will be missed.

  19. My deepest sympathy Michele, Darren, Kim, Kelley and all members of Bill’s extended family. May loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.

    Bill was truly one of the good people of this earth. Always kind, caring and loving to his family and others as well as a very intelligent and hard-working man. He was my favourite brother-in-law and wish we’d kept in touch through the years.

    • Thank you Gail

  20. To Michele and Family:
    We extend to you are deepest sympathy and condolences at this time of Bill’s passing. A true and long time friend , he will be missed.
    In memory of Bill I will have a toast to him of Ice cold Jagermeister.

    Greg and Marlene McCaughey

    • Thank you Greg and Marlene

  21. Linda and I are so sorry for your loss, Michele. All the years that Bill and I worked together at the ACSA were years that I remember with a great deal of pride. He was a well liked, well respected and one of the most memorable people that I ever worked with.

  22. Dear Michele and family,
    Nancy and I are shocked at Bill’s passing. We grew up together in Neepawa and in the Army. We were happy to meet many times over our careers and later as we both landed in the Edmonton region. We will remember him always as a happy and positive person who was always up for a good time and good company. Stand Easy, Bill and love you Michele.
    John and Nancy Sieffert

  23. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Enjoyed listening tonBills

  24. Michelle, We are so sorry and shocked to learn of Bills passing. He was a fine soldier and a long time valued friend . He was a man dedicated to his family and to his career. A man who impressed all who met and all who served with him, he will be missed . Take care of yourself and take advantage of the love and support of family and close friends. We are thinking of you at this difficult time ,
    Love Edna and Charlie

  25. Message from François Matte, CD, WO (Ret’d)
    This is so sad. We had heard that Bill was having health issues for sometime now and had not received any updates of late and, naturally, I was concerned. The news of his passing reminds us how fragile life is. I served briefly albeit not closely with Bill, as he was our Battery Sgt-Major in Cyprus, in 1985-86, and I knew he was Airborne Gunner with a long Artillery and Airborne background, and that he was Parachute Instructor. Even though Bill and I were never close during Service because of his rank and various positions he held in the Canadian Forces, Michele, Bill and I grew closer after my retirement and attending various reunions throughout the Country. It was indeed an honour to have served with him and a pleasure to have known him. Michele and Bill picked me up at the Edmonton Airport, and were kind enough to have me stay at their house, when I travelled to bring parachute equipment, intended for the RCA Museum, in Shilo. During a trip to Las Vegas, they drove my spouse and I around, invited us to their beautiful RV, and took us to different places, and many restaurants. On other occasions, and once with Bill’s brother Jack and wife Sandy, they travelled to Quebec City and it was so nice to link up again with them. So I got to know Bill considerably more as retired members, and isn’t this the case for many of us retirees from the CF, as we have more time for socializing. Anyways, he was very proud of his time with the Airborne Gunners, and that he was a day one member of 1 Airborne Battery, RCA, in Edmonton.
    As a retired member, and on his own schedule and availability, Bill spent considerable time and much devotion as the AB Gunner representative in charge of keeping the retired AB Gunner community informed on CF, airborne and other related issues, as well as the ordering of airborne kit and paraphernalia. His emails were pertinent and informative, and on many occasions I have thanked him for keeping us informed, and that his diligent work was greatly appreciated. He will be missed. He certainly contributed to make the Artillery and the airborne family better organizations, and the Canadian Forces, a better institution. À son épouse Michele, les enfants et membres de la famille, amis et collègues militaires mes sincères condoléances. Michele, je suis sensible à ta douleur et tiens à rendre hommage à ton époux Bill, pour son engagement envers les Forces canadiennes, les troupes aéroportées, et la communauté des membres retraités. Durant sa carrière militaire active et depuis sa retraite, ainsi que les services rendus au Canada, au Régiment royal de l’Artillerie canadienne, aux troupes aéroportées et à sa communauté, Bill a servi avec distinction et honneur. En espérant que son souvenir soit une influence positive pour ceux qui suivront. Il ne sera pas oublié. Il n’y a pas de mots pour exprimer justement le vide que laisse dans le coeur la perte de son compagnon de vie. Je souhaite néanmoins que le passage du temps, et que la confiance qu’il ne faut pas perdre en l’humanité, puissent t’aider, chère Michele, à traverser cette épreuve difficile. Le malheur de l’avoir perdu ne doit pas faire oublier le bonheur de l’avoir eu dans ta vie. To family members, friends and military colleagues, my sincere condolences. It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one, and hopefully the passage of time will help, during these difficult times.
    UBIQUE
    EX COELIS
    François Matte, CD, Warrant Officer (Ret’d)
    Fd Artilleryman and Parachute Instructor
    Canadian Forces 1981-2013
    Quebec City, QC, 01 April 2022

  26. To Michele and the Tremain Family, we send our sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. We met in the early 80’s when he was the BSM of D Bty, then I got to know Bill better when we deployed to Cyprus. I enjoyed his story telling and the way he worked his personal experiences into training. Bill was always firm but fair with me and I appreciate all of the talks we had. When I came to him with a variety of issues, he always listened and then provided me with well-thought-out responses or solutions. Bill made me a better person and I am grateful for that. Bill will be sadly missed.
    With our deepest sympathy, from Dennis and Betty Endersby

  27. Michele – Ken and I were so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. You are in our thoughts and may the memories you and Bill shared through the years – the smiles and laughter – help to ease this difficult time for you. May friends and family comfort and support you. Michele, As I’m sitting here remembering our time together in Germany, my thoughts go back to the time Bill had bought an antique car. It was I believe green in colour with a black top. On that beautiful sunny day- the top was down and you and Bill were in the front and Ken and I in the back. We were all laughing. God bless you and your family Ken and Dorothy

  28. So very sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He was an amazing soldier and good friend. He did a great job keeping the AB Gunner family together and memories alive.

    He will be missed.

  29. RIP my friend many fond memories flood my mind as I write this message (End Of mission Stand Easy your mission is over) May you memories live in the ones who were close to you

  30. Dear Michele & Family
    I wish to pass on my sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. It is with heavy heart that I write these words. Bill and I first met in the Airborne in Edmonton and many posting after, he was a friend and brother in arms. Rest in Peace Bill.
    (End Of Mission) May all your landings be soft.

    Yours Sincerely
    Eric & Betty Dwyer

  31. Michelle and Family – our sincere condolences on your loss. Bill RIP my friend. It’s been a great time during our friendship, coupled with the many memories in the Airborne Association in our events and travels together. You were a constant in your contribution to the BIA and will be missed. I’ll see you on the other side of the mountain Bill. Your on the Manifest “Have a good one!I”

  32. Michele and Family – our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Bill will be remember always for his dedication, loyality and mentorship to many of us he came in contact with.

    “A Great Soul serves everyone, All the time.
    A great Soul Never Dies, it brings us together, Again and Again”.

    Rest in Peace Bill..for you dearly deserve it.

  33. Michele we we’re so sorry to hear about Bill it was a real shock for us! We we’re just getting ready to leave Az when we heard!! He was such a wonderful man and I’m so glad we met you guys! Lots of good times to remember! Just know our thoughts and prayers are with you always and we think if you often!! Take care!!

  34. Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time. His presence will be deeply missed by all of his military friends. Sincere condolences from John and Marianne Eckenswiller

  35. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We grew up together in Neepawa, and I have many memories of the good times we shared. My condolences to his wife and children, and to his brother and sisters.

  36. My condolences to the family. RIP Bill. AIRBORNE

  37. Condolences to all Bill’s family members. I remember him as a good friend to many. So many good memories of my association with the Tremain family.

  38. So sorry to hear another childhood friend has passed! Condolences to you Michele and your family! RIP Bill!

  39. We are so sorry to hear Bill passed. Our deepest condolences for Michelle and all his family. I had the great opportunity of being one of Bill students at the ACSA and work alongside with Bill. I had the inmense honour to meet you Bill , and become your friend. You as usually were always generous on sharing all your experiences and helping the Heavy Civil Construction Industry to be safer. You will be greatly missed, and we are forever grateful for your service. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  40. My deepest condolences to Bill’s family and friends. Bill was a professional Gunner, soldier and mentor. Bill was my TSM while were stationed in Germany. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him. End of mission and rest in peace Bill.

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