February 6, 1929 – August 17, 2019
Bill was the son of Robert and Jeanie Forrester and the youngest and last survivor of 9 children.
He was a long time “5 Acre” resident on 16 Fourth Street Nanaimo. Bill met and married the love of his life Dorothy in 1950, who passed away in 2014. They took up residence on Watfield Road, where they lived until 1979. Then they ventured out to “Beachcomber” to build their log home. Dad lived there until June this year.
Bill loved to talk about his long working career. It started in the 1940s, when he proudly drove “Lovely Baby” for Forrester Bros Hauling delivering wood slabs and coal. He drove truck for Mayo Lumber for a brief period. Bill worked with his friend Reg of Reg Dorman Trucking & Fuel for 13 years. He ended his career working at S. Madill for 25 years, beginning as a field mechanic and then the service manager. If you owned a Madill and were broke down, Bill was your man. Dad was widely known in the logging industry as the guy that knew how to fix everything!
Dad loved flying. As a young man he would make his way to Cassidy Airport to take flying lessons in a Tiger Moth. He was only one flight away from obtaining his solo license. Bill’s passion was old trucks. He was an excellent mechanic and there was nothing he couldn’t fix. “He would not let anything beat him”.
He was a family man with family values and family came first. Dad was a common sense kind of guy. All of us kids remember, when we messed up he would always say, “Did you learn anything?”
Bill and Dot had five children, Karin predeceased as an infant. Leaving to mourn Wayne (Sonja), Larry (Roberta), Jo-Ann (Len) and Sharlene (Scott). Grandchildren: Stacey, Ryan (Dana), Blake, James (Crystal), Rozlyn (Mitch), Shawn (Katy), Jason (Samantha), Hannah (Erick), Jennelle (Andrew) and Brandon (Gina). Great Grandchildren: Madison, Lilyan, Shane, Kellan, Travis, Charlotte, Tyler, Luna and London.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 pm on September 14th, 2019 at St. Mary Anglican Church Hall, 2600 Powder Point Rd., Nanoose Bay, B.C.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at Trillium Lodge in Parksville for their compassion and excellent care.
You have now flown your Tiger Moth home Billy to be with Dorothy and Karin. We will love you forever.
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