Passed away after a short difficult battle with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 78. Mom was born on July 12, which is also Orangeman’s Day, which commemorates King William’s victory in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. She was named Margaret but was immediately nicknamed “Billie”. Born in Parry Sound, Ontario, she moved with her family, parents James and Jean and sister Grace to British Columbia. Her sister Coleen was born after the family settled in Youbou in 1945. She met her late husband in Youbou and after starting their family they, along with friends, began building the Youbou landmark ‘Ben’s Marina’. In recent years Billie was an active member of the Youbou Historical Society and participated in the writing and printing of the book UBO Remembered.
Billie is survived by her daughter Brenda (Wayne), son Barrie (Renee), grandchildren Allison, Ryan and Brianne, great-grandson Wyatt and step-grandsons Tristan and Addison. She is also survived by her sisters Grace and Coleen (Steve), niece Traci (Korbe), great nephews Andrew and Graedy and great niece Logan. Billie was predeceased by her parents, husband Ben and nephews Gary and Darryl.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Billie’s life on May 28th, between 1- 4 pm to be held at the Lake Cowichan Seniors Centre, 55 Coronation Ave., Lake Cowichan. Donations on Billie’s behalf can be made to the BC Cancer Society.
We would like to send a BIG thank-you to Dr.’s Pullan and Thompson, as well as all the 3rd floor staff at CDH. Your excellent care and support of Mom was very appreciated.