William Rudolph “Bill” Baumgardt

William Rudolph "Bill" Baumgardt

Dad was born in Innisfail, Alberta. He was the eldest of seven siblings, he helped care for his younger siblings & worried over them like a parent. Dad & Mom married when both of them were 18 years old, they were married for 62 years. They had 2 daughters, me and my older sister Debbie. Dad lived in Alberta until his late 20’s, then moved with our family to Campbell River, BC.

Dad was raised as a farm boy & many of the morals he learnt as a child & young man carried with him to adulthood. Dad enjoyed his friends & was always willing to help someone down on their luck. My Dad was happiest surrounded by family, sharing time together.

Dad worked for many years as a fabricator welder. He was very good at his trade & could problem solve to repair daunting jobs on the side of a mountain when logging equipment broke down. Dad raced stock cars for many years in Oyster River. Our entire family would go to the races every Saturday & cheer Dad on. He won many trophies & earned the number 5 on his race car. Dad enjoyed the water & fishing. Many nights were spent camping on the islands off Vancouver Island with Mom & friends. Both Dad & Mom enjoyed their 5 acres in Black Creek. They loved gardening, raising their own livestock & housing horses for the daughters & granddaughters.

Once retired, Dad & Mom spent many winters in Arizona sharing new experiences & making new friends along the way. Both my parents enjoyed reminiscing about the experiences & places they had seen along their travels.

Dad was not the easiest man to live with, but he loved his family very much. Dad was loved by his family & will be sadly missed by his one & only, wife Marian. Daughters Debbie (Don, gone but not forgotten) & Lori (Cam). Grandchildren Bobbi-Jo (Allan), Tami (Gord), Brian (Janice) & Craig (Nicole). Great grandchildren Madison, Hudson, Rosalyn & Fiona. Extended family, grandchildren Jodie (Steve) & Kyle (Sandy). Great grandchildren Rachel, Matteo, Luca & Morgan.

Dad, we are all doing your job now, we are taking care of each other. We miss you & know you are at peace having loved & been loved. This is the greatest gift in life we can enjoy.

Special thanks to Dr. Lebeuf and the wonderful staff at CR Hospital.

No service by request.

Campbell River Mirror

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