Billy was born at home in Trout Creek at Francois Lake, BC to Frank and Ida Saari. In 1941 he moved with his parents to Raush Valley. He continued to live there until 1995 when he moved into Dunster. Billy passed away in hospital in McBride after a short illness.
He was predeceased by his parents, sister Sylvia and her husband Olaf Hietala, sister Bertha and her husband Art Moore and nephew Edwin Hietala. He is survived by nephew Walter (Dorothy) Hietala, Laila Chaple and Milton (Carolyn) Moore and many great nieces and nephews.