CURRAN, William A (Bill) 1924 – 2003. Following a brief battle with cancer Bill passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, June 20, 2003 at the Langley Memorial Hospital.
He is survived by his loving family including son, Bradley and daughter Pamela (Mitch) Ladelle and two loving grandchildren, Lynelle and Ferral, brother-in-law Tom Gibson, sister Ruby Benwell, niece, Marion (Maurice) Mearon and grand-nieces Sarah and Heather, nephews David and Bob Curran, half-brother Lloyd Colburn and numerous other relatives. Bill is also survived by his loving and very dear companion of 12 years, Hazel Hughes, as well as her son Geoff (Anita) and numerous grandchildren.
Bill joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles when he was 18 years old. He was involved in the invasion on Normandy during WWII and also was in the Korean War. Bill was a member of the Royal Rifles, the Royal Canadian Legion, Korean Veterans Association, The odd Fellows Grand Lodge and United Transportation Union. Bill joined CP Rail in 1946 at Winnipeg, and worked as a switchman and yard foreman for 37 years until his retirement in 1985.
Thanks to the staff of Langley Memorial Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, and the Surrey Cancer Clinic for their compassion and care during Bill’s illness.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Langley, B. C. on friday, June 27th at 11:00 a.m. Interment and graveside services to follow at Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Juno Beach Centre (Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France), “in memory of William A. Curran (H59923)” on line at www.junonbeach/org/english/ or care of Bradley J. Curran, 2704-55 Nassau Street North, Winnipeg, MC, R3L 2G8. Dad, “Little Black Devil”: may you always have a “Blast”.