Haviland, William Elliot “Bill”

February 3, 1927 – October 7, 2017
at the age of 90 years

A celebration of his life will be held at Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6th Ave. NE at 1:00 pm on Monday October 16.

Bill Haviland passed away peacefully in his sleep Oct 7, 2017.  He was born Feb. 3, 1927 to Charles and Minnie Haviland in Port Arthur, Ontario.  After high school Bill went to McGill University where he studied Chemical Engineering.  His first job after graduation was at the Dryden Paper Company in Dryden Ontario where he met and married Dell.  They had 2 children, Janis and Jim.  Bill’s career took them to South Carolina, back to Dryden, on to Vancouver and then Prince George where they spent from 1966 until 1996 when they moved to Salmon Arm.  Bill took early retirement in 1983 and they became snowbirds enjoying 21 winters in Arizona.  Dell passed in 2013. Bill kept very busy with Church and friends, skiing, bike riding, kayaking, playing tennis and table tennis.  In 2015 Bill met and married Jessie Deacon.  They had a wonderful, fun filled year together before Bill’s cancer made him slow down and finally took his life.  Bill is survived by his loving wife Jessie, his 2 children and their spouses, 4 grandchildren and their spouses, 7 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and countless friends.  Celebration of his life will be held at Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6th Ave. NE at 1:00 pm on Monday October 16.
Donations in memory of Bill will be accepted to the Baptist Missionary Society of Latin America through the Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6TH Ave NE, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 1J2.


  1. I lost a very special friend when Bill closed his eyes for the last time. A loving and caring man, he will be missed. Condolences to his beautiful wife Jesse and his children. I look forward to meeting him again! Yvonne Jones-Teel

  2. Our thoughts are with you all. Bill was a very kind man and I enjoyed our discussions about alternative methods of approaching illness. So many wonderful memories of a very special man who will be greatly missed. His passing was on our 50th anniversary so we shall not forget. Enjoy the next part of your journey, Bill.
    Love Aileen and John

  3. Bill has been our friend for about 14 yr. He was unassuming & kind & showed us how to live retirement in a balanced way.As he was athletic we enjoyed sports activities which were often initiated & planned by him. What fun fun paddling on a stormy lake behind Bill as he plowed ahead with strong regular strokes. What fun zooming down Larch Hills trying not to be afraid to go as fast as Bill. We joined Jessie & Bill at Halcyon Hot Springs last year on their 1st anniversary before his 90th birthday & marvelled to watch Bill serenade Jessie in the public pool. Bill planned for us all to use the gym at 0830 the next day. He was always punctual of course but very patient & not critical in waiting. The Lord gave Bill a serving mentality which showed in his relationships – marriage & with family & friends. In our Life Group Bill’s comments reflected unique insights & a deep love for God’s Word. We consider it an honour to have had Bill as a friend. Peter & Joyce Wessel

  4. I am thinking of you all at this time. Bill was a wonderful human being. He will be remembered with kind thoughts by all of his family and friends in Dryden. I personally will never forget his care and kindness to my sister throughout their married life an most especially after Dell was stricken with MS. I will always hold his memory in very high esteem. He was one of a kind. Thanks Bill and enjoy the next chapter.
    Dody Ridgway

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