Bill Drinkwater

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William “Bill” Drinkwater on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Jackson House Residential Care in Ashcroft at the age of 88 years.

Bill was born on March 15, 1928 in Vernon to parents Albert & Hilda Drinkwater. He graduated from Trapp Technical School in New Westminster in 1946 and graduated from the University of Washington in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. He worked for many years as a senior high school mathematics teacher. In 1978, Bill and wife Hilda purchased property at Basque Siding, 10 miles south of Ashcroft, where they established a vineyard. They resided on the vineyard until 1993 and then moved in to Ashcroft where they have lived ever since. He was very active in the community being a longtime member of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors Centre and the Ashcroft Curling Club. He was an avid curler and golfer, and enjoyed woodworking, playing bridge, photography, and other artistic activities. He even produced a book entitled “Canada’s One Hundred Mile

Desert Corridor”.

Bill is survived by Hilda, his loving wife of 65 years, daughters Andrea (Bruce) Walker, of Ashcroft, Joanne (Stephen) Williams, of Calgary, sons Albert (Sandra) of Ashcroft, and daughter in Law Mary Anne of Kamloops as well as 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Edward, brother Leslie, and sister May Cartwright.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held in the Spring of 2017.

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