The family of Bill Wepruk announce his passing on Dec 5, 2022 at LaVerendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, ON.
Bill was born in Sundown MB, on Aug 1, 1929 to Peter and Maria (nee Makowsky) Wepruk. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Dorothy of 63 years and their children Cindy, and Gary(Lindsay). He leaves behind 3 grandchildren, Steve, William (Kaitlyn), and Christopher. Also surviving is one brother Paul Wepruk and sister-in-laws Elma and Anne(Larry) and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Mike (Helen), Nick (Mary), Stan and sisters Annie (Carl),Nettie (Phillip), Kate (John), Val (Harry), Helen (John), and sister-in-law Alice.
He started his working life shipping on the Great Lakes with his good friend John Franko which he always had very fond memories of. His next adventure was to obtain his mechanics license at which time he purchased the Barwick garage with brother Stan, then he moved on to Emo Border Sales and Supplies for Eric Quitenan and went into farming with his brother Nick. From here he moved to Fort Frances and operated Walleye Trailer Park with his brothers Paul and Stan. His last endeavour was working for Asselin Transportation and Storage to which he was a mechanic and school bus driver until his retirement.
His favourite pass times were fishing and playing the accordion. He jammed with family members at family gatherings and then formed a band where he entertained many playing his accordion regularly at Emo Legion dances and at Rainycrest, with Wayne, Glenn and Sam. People eagerly waited to get their dancing shoes on. He also enjoyed his weekly Wednesday coffee gang.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at a later date in the spring.
As per Bill’s wishes donations may be made to the Cancer Society or the Fort Frances Ukrainian Orthodox church.