William Edward Buchanan, born December 8, 1947 in Plumas, MB to Vinton & Edna (Patterson) Buchanan, died peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday October 21, 2020, in Gladstone, MB, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 49 years, Esther (Bokor) Buchanan, daughters Kari (Mark, son Lucas) Haakman of Winnipeg, and Lori Buchanan of Austin, sisters Jean (Barry) Milton of Vancouver, Bea (Al) Jarvis of Pinawa, Pearl (Norman) Hogarth of Neepawa, and Laura Loomis of Gladstone, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his parents Vinton & Edna Buchanan, sister Mary & her husband Gordon Smith, brother Norman Buchanan, brother-in-law Ed Loomis, niece Sheryl Loomis, mother & father-in-law Theresa & Louis Bokor, sister-in-law Audrey Bokor & grandson David.
Bill was loved by many, always had an ear to listen and ready to lend a hand when he could. He served for several years on the board of Riverside Residence, advocating for the clients. In 1972, he was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Royal Canadian Humane Association Incorporated for helping save the lives of 3 men from a burning elevator in Winnipeg. Always ready to offer a beer or cup of coffee, even a meal to anyone who stopped by, he loved visiting and catching up with family & friends. He loved a good bonfire, and was always ready for a get together. Bill was a jack of all trades, working as a car jockey, on different construction projects, farming and even earning his Electrical License in his 40’s. He even tried out for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers - but only made it through one day of training camp. While working at WMCI, he was respected by staff & students alike. His grandson Lucas has a special place in his heart, and he will be forever known as Gramps.
Special thanks to the staff at Gladstone Hospital, Dr. Laurelyn Jiadong, & his Home Care workers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Plains Cancer Care or Seven Regions Palliative Care.
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Seven Regions Palliative Care
Box 711, Gladstone, Manitoba R0J 0T0,
Central Plains Cancer Services
318 Saskatchewan Avenue E., Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 0K8,