William “Bill” Brown passed away peacefully on January 30, 2023, at the age of 84. His battle with medical issues showed his courage in facing life's challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Bill was a hero and stayed strong until the very end. We can rejoice to know that he is no longer in pain or suffering.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Joanie; children, Blaine (Wendy), Dawn Marie (Kevin), Amy (Chad), Kyle (Shantel); grandchildren, Kurtis, Micheal, Makayla, Treyton, Keston, Rees, Deacon, Rhyan; great-grandchildren; Jaxon, Karder; siblings, Lola (Gordon), Robert (Anita), Laura, Linda, Brian, Gary (Karlena); and numerous other family members and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents: (Henry and Edna), and siblings, (Elmer), (Vern).
Bill was born in Amber Valley on March 3, 1938. He grew up with his four brothers; Elmer, Robert, Brian, Gary, and four sisters; Vern, Lola, Laura, and Linda in the small settlement town of Amber Valley. Bill grew up to be a hard worker and his passion and love for God are something to be admired.
He met his first wife Gwen Johnson in Edmonton, Ab. Later marrying and had two children Blaine and Dawn Marie. Moving with his family and working in Fraser Lake, Bc, Clinton Creek, Yk, and making their way to Whitehorse. While their marriage of over 13 years wouldn’t last forever, as they had hoped, they decided to go their separate ways.
The next chapter of Bill’s life started in Whitehorse, where he met Joanie Clarke, his soon-to-be second wife. They moved to Dawson Creek, Bc in 1977, and eventually made their way to Chetwynd, Bc, where they later had their children; Amy and Kyle. Bill worked many years with West Fraser Forestry driving grader. He also developed and created Brown's road and subdivision. He kept himself busy during retirement with their Misty Mountain Contracting and his D6D cat. The couple moved to Drayton Valley in 2005 where Bill enjoyed working for McMan Youth Family Community Service driving foster children.
Anyone that ever met Bill will say that he always had a way to make them feel special and loved. Bill would always find time for a visit or a kind word and would go out of his way to say hello and let people know he cared. His big smile and joyous laugh will forever live on in our hearts and memories. We know Bill is now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that we will meet again in a far better place!
A celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 3:00 pm., at Valley Worship Assembly, 5707 Power Center Blvd, Drayton Valley, Ab.
Bill and family are very much part of many special memories of my time in Chetwynd. I especially remember and occasion when our friends Don Swanton, Jim Beat and I were working on a church building project and parking development. Bill and I went as instructed to the shop of a contractor known as Swed. after a long wait I was tanen to a location where materials were being dumped and Bill was put on a big machine. I think they took me to the dumping site to keep me out of the way of the work. afew hours someone came and took me to the church where i saw that aall the work was finished and Bill laughed at how they kept me out of harms way. Bill was known as one of the better machine operators in the are and was respected by all who knew him…that’s a great reputation and i was his friend.
Condolences to the family as they go through this difficult time. Bill was always friendly and made time for everyone, even children. I have some really good memories of him growing up in Chetwynd.
Joanie and family my heart breaks for you as you say goodbye to this very special man, but know his love of you and his family will live on in your hearts forever. Bill was a good friend and I will miss visiting with him, his hearty laugh, good stories and of course famous BQ ribs
Rest In Peace Bill, in the arms of God
Another of our Amber Valley school mates has gone. However, we will meet again in a “happy place” where separations will come no more.
One of your “many” cousins.
Myrna (Bowen) Wisdom
Joanie and family,
We were so saddened to hear of Bills passing. Yet, we are also rejoicing he is free of pain and he is with his Lord. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Ken and Kathy.
Bill was an awesome cousin to me and many a day I have thought of times when I was only 10 years old and every time we would go for mail in amber valley bill would let me ride his horse Brian and Gary would have to ride the other ones that were barely broke. Bill didn’t have to do that for me but he had so much heart and compassion for other people that it blows me mind big time when we as people on earth loose a man like him. I can only pray that someday if I live right here on earth like he did I will see him up there cause I know that’s where he is now 🙏🏿