March 1955 – January 2010
We are sure that heaven became an even brighter, cheerier and livelier place when Billy arrived there on January 18th 2010. Billy had a great zest for life and could always make people smile. If you knew him – you know what we mean. Anyone who has ever come in contact with him even for a few moments has never forgotten him or he them – he had a fantastic memory for faces. We, Syd and Angie Greenfield and our family, had the privilege of being Bill’s care family for 29 years. He taught us so much about unconditional love and loving life to the fullest and being enthusiastic about every moment. Bill had Downs Syndrome and he also had an enlarged heart – not just physically – his heart was truly big and loving. How we miss him.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Bill is survived by his sisters: Diane Paisley of Cobble Hill, B.C. and Freida Hutcheon of Saskatchewan and their families, and his best friend Paul Beaven who has been with Bill since they were children in Woodlands, and then residents of the Miller home in Surrey. They were apart for a short while and then both came to live with us in 1981. Our five children were raised with them.
We have never had a dull moment living with Billy, just thinking of him causes us to smile and chuckle, and we now have wonderful memories to cherish.
Bill was always a people person, he loved to ham it up and have fun. He was a devoted fan of the real Batman (played by Adam West), in fact many people and children instantly gave Billy the nickname of Batman. He loved Elvis, Bryan Adams, Johnny Cash, George Strait, marching bands, parades, bagpipes, the circus, parties, dancing, playing the air guitar, Mickey Mouse, Superman, Zorro and the Lone Ranger to name a few of his passions. But most of all Billy loved hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries!!
We are deeply grateful for the wonderful care and compassion Billy received from the doctors, nurses and all the staff at 100 Mile Hospital and for the kindness we were shown too.
We wish also to express our appreciation to everyone at the Cedar Crest Society for welcoming Bill with open arms when we moved here from Langley four years ago. We also would like to thank the Society for their help with the Celebration of Bill’s Life which will take place on Thursday February 4th at 1pm at the Valley Room behind the Red Coach Inn.
100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted
with the arrangements. 250-395-3243
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.100milefuneralservice.com