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William ("Bill") Martin Bale

May 31, 1945 - May 25, 2022


Bill Bale, 76, died suddenly in his home on May 25, 2022.  He was born May 31/1945.

He was the first son of Fern and Martin Bale.  Bill attended UBC, before he started his apprenticeship in assaying for Cominco in Trail.  He eventually transferred to Kimberley working in the assay office for 29 years.

Together with his wife, Laura, of 44 years, they raised two daughters,  Jenny (Amanda) and Joanna (Adam).   Bill embraced his greatest role as Papa to his grandkids,  Graham, Corbin, Scarlett and Kade.

Bill is survived by siblings Sharlene (James),  John (Charlene) and Patti (Cynthia).  He was “Fun Uncle Bill”  to many nieces, nephews and friends.

After Retirement, Bill and Laura loved to travel.  They volunteered together for many years at the Food Bank and Seniors Helping Seniors.  Bill had a love for singing and music, belonging to the community and church choirs, as well as many  smaller singing groups that entertained at senior homes.

Bill will be greatly missed by so many.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, June 25/2022 at1:00 pm at the United Church in Kimberley.

 If you wish to make a donation in remembrance of Bill,  it can be made to the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank.


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynne Hoglund
Relation: Friend and fellow volunteer with Seniors Helping Seniors and SWIM

Sending condolences to Laura and family. Bill will be missed very much, always cheerful, leading the SWIM group in the Hokey Pokey. We all miss you Bill, our sunshine was taken away.

From: Terry Leal
Relation: Friend

I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. What a fun loving man. I sang with him in the Kootenay Harmony Chorus for many years . Barb and I golfed with Bill and Laura, one time in PEI, went mountain biking in Idaho. He was a great community minded person, always lending a helping hand to whomever needed it. I’m at a loss for words at this very sad time. My condolences to Laura and her family, and Bills’ siblings. This man will be missed.

From: Janet Smith
Relation: Childhood friend

My condolences Laura and family. I grew up with “Billy” in Castlegar. I enjoyed running in to him in Superstore a couple of times a year where we would catch up on the latest Castlegar news. He was a great guy with the greatest smile.

From: Jacquie Johnson
Relation: Friend and ex-neighbour..

So sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. I loved bumping into you guys and having a few laughs together. Such a funny guy. Take care Laura and family. I will miss seeing him and chatting.

From: Cynthia
Relation: BIL

He will be missed, thoughts are with you all.

From: Berne Jean Worobey
Relation: Cousin

Laura I just wanted to say how shocking it was to hear of Bill’s passing. I’m 2 years older than him and we had many fun cousins times together growing up. His parents were my favourite aunt and uncle. My last memory of Bill was at the family reunion in Kelowna about 10 years ago and I remember thinking “what a nice man, what a sense of humor, how funny.” He will be sadly missed by you and your girls but I’m sure you have many fond memories to ease the pain. I wish you well as you start a new chapter in your life.

From: Edward Haywood
Relation: childhood friend

Bill and I went through grade school and high school together and spent a year together at UBC–sharing an apartment for that year. We had a lot of fun together and I spent a lot of time with his family in Kinnaird. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. It is like a chapter from my past has closed. My condolences to his family.

From: Danielle Morhun
Relation: long time friend of the family

Deeply saddened by Bill’s passing. He was a long time family friend and will be missed. Love and hugs to Laura and families.

From: Mike Waites
Relation: Friend

Our deepest condolences to the Bale family. Bill was such a fun loving human being 💕.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
June 25, 2022
Beginning at 1:00pm

Kimberley United Church
10 Boundary Street
Kimberley, BC Canada

10 Boundary Street
Kimberley, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank Society, 340 Leadenhall St., Kimberley, BC  V1A 2B1

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