William Dyck was born on the family farm at Osler, Sask. on June 17, 1923. As a young man he helped his dad run the ferry across the South Saskatchewan river in the summer and sold ice cut from the river in the winter.
Bill joined the army but was not accepted as he had broken his leg shortly before. He found work on a dairy farm in Calgary, Alberta and worked there for four years then headed back east to work with his brother cutting pulpwood in Northern Ontario in the winter and then back to Sask. in the summer to drive cat, clearing land for Mason Bros. There he met the love of his life, Sadie Hynds. They were married Oct. 12, 1951 and left for Burns Lake shortly after. Bill worked in the lumber industry most of his life. In 1963 when working for Pearson Lumber, he was presented with the Northern Interior Lumberman’s trophy for the grader with the highest standing. Bill retired from Babine Forest Products in 1988. Over the years, they have enjoyed travelling to different places.
Bill loved the outdoors, especially fishing and then the card games at Rose Lake, Legion and the travelling crib.
Bill passed away Aug. 11/09 at the Burns Lake Hospital. A celebration of life was held at St. Paul’s United Church on Aug. 17. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 1301, Burns Lake. Bill will be forever loved and missed by his wife Sadie and family.