“Bill” was born at the Coronation Hospital on Aug. 28, 1919.
He was the third child of William and Margaret Duncan.
Bill grew up on the family farm just north of Coronation, Alta and took all of his schooling at Coronation School.
He played hockey and baseball with local teams.
After graduating from high school, he worked for the Coronation Creamery as a pickup man and assisted his father on the farm.
At the onset of WWII, Bill volunteered and enlisted with the Canadian Army.
At first, he was with the Signal Corps, but after a few months, he was selected to join the Radar Corp.
After training in Debert, N.S., he was assigned to the St. Lawrence area where the unit detected a German submarine coming up the river.
Later, he went to the west coast of Canada to help set up radar stations along the B.C. coast to detect Japanese planes that were frequenting the Aleutian Islands.
He had now been promoted to Staff Sergeant.
While on leave he returned to Coronation to reunite with family and friends, and met a travelling bank teller by the name of Jeanette Davidson.
After a long-distance relationship, they were married in 1943.
In 1944, his unit was sent to Australia to help their army set up radar stations to find and track Japanese planes and ships in the South Pacific.
In 1946, the war ended and he was sent home and discharged.
He arrived home to get acquainted with his two-year-old son, William David III, who had been born in 1944.
Bill was happy to help his parents on the farm and soon took over the operation.
His daughter, Crystal Lynn was born in 1948.
Over the years, Bill was an avid, active member of the Coronation branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Masonic Lodge.
He helped coach the Coronation Royals hockey team.
Over the years, he volunteered and was master of ceremonies at many charity functions, bingos and public gatherings.
While farming he also worked at the Coronation Auction Market, Dobson’s T.V. and the Alberta Liquor Store.
After retiring from farming, he worked as a crop adjuster for many years.
Retirement allowed him, Jean, friends and family to travel to many parts of Canada and the U.S. Jean passed away in 1996, leaving a large void in his life.
After several years, Bill sold the farmhouse where it was moved to Coronation to become a bed and breakfast.
He moved into the King’s Court senior’s manor in Coronation and spent eight years living there.
He enjoyed going to the Golden Age Club and playing pool and cards.
You could also see him around, visiting at the Post Office, local stores and Coronation Tire.
At the age of 95, he thought it was time to move into D.S.L. in Coronation.
There he enjoyed the company of others and the “tlc” he received from the great staff.
In June of this year, he moved to long term care.
Here he received the care which enabled him to live to his 100th birthday.
Thanks to the great staff there he did make his goal and turned 100 on Aug. 28.
He passed away on Sept. 2, 2019.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Margaret and William; wife Jean; sisters Leone (Andrew) Rovensky and Marion (John) Sims.
He is survived by his children Bill (Shirley) Duncan and Chris (Toni) Selzler; grandchildren Treena (Michael) Cox, David (Nichole) Duncan, Brian (Sandy) Selzler, Lori (Harlen) Hannay; great-grandchildren Brittney (Justin) Weist and their daughter Aspyn, Cailey Cox, Kyla Duncan, Koryn Duncan, Gage Selzler, Teegan Selzler, Brady Selzler, Kaycee Selzler, Carly Hannay and Connor Hannay; nieces, nephews and other family.
Bill’s remains will be buried beside his wife in the Coronation Cemetery at a private family gathering.
His urn was made with a Legion motif by longtime friend and fellow legion member, Herb Kary.
Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Coronation Long Term Care, DSL (Recreation Dept.) or a charity of the donor’s choice.
If family or friends wish to send condolences, they may do so by visiting www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com.
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information, please call 403-578-3777.