William A. (Bill) BARNES

1924 – 2004

Bill was born in Port Moody, B.C. on March 9, 1924, and went to be with his Lord on September 9, 2004, at his home in 100 Mile House. As a young man, Bill joined the Canadian Merchant Marines at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, and served with the Marines until he was discharged in 1946. Much of his service was in the Battle of the North Atlantic transporting food and materials to Britain. After he returned home, Bill went to work in the logging industry on Vancouver Island. On October 28, 1967, he married the former Loreen Lynch. For a time the couple operated the Lion’s Bay and Sunset Bay Marinas. In 1982 they moved to the Cariboo. In the intervening years they have lived at Bridge Lake, the 108 Ranch, Gateway and more recently in the Traveller’s Trailer Court in 100 Mile House. Bill is survived by his wife, Loreen, and four step-children, Molly (Reg Brown) Walker of Bridge Lake; Charles (Pat) Lynch of Bridge Lake; Judy (Paul) Mathon of Chertsey, Quebec; and Dan Lynch of Campbell River, B.C.; 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting in the fall and fishing in the spring and summer. He also loved children and coached a girls’ softball team in Port Alberni, B.C., and a boys’ and girls’ bowling team in 100 Mile House. He was a champion bowler and won the privilege, with his teammates, of representing B.C. in the 2001 MBAC National Championship Tournament in Saskatoon, Sask. He supported Big Brothers and Big Sisters and once received a plaque from that organization for raising $2,000 during a Bowl for Kids tournament. A memorial service was held at the Evangelical Free Church in 100 Mile House, on Tues., Sept. 14, Pastor Pat Stich officiating. Cremation preceded the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Bill’s memory be made to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Canada. Condolence cards and letters can be sent to Mrs. Loreen Barnes, Box 611, 100 Mile House, B.C. V0K 2E0, or emailed to: funerals100mile@uniserve.com – subject, Bill Barnes. 100 Mile Funeral Service in care of arrangements. 395-3243.