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WILLIAM MCLAREN (published on August 08, 2009)

WILLIAM MCLAREN Peacefully on August 1, 2009 at the Deer Lodge Centre, Bill passed away at the age of 85 years. He is survived by his son Fred (Ann) and granddaughters Charlene and Kristina from Ottawa, Ontario; two sisters Isobel Marsch and Edith (Bob) Bird and sisters-in-law Norma and Mame McLaren; also numerous nephews and nieces. Bill was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Edith McLaren, his wife Olive in 2002, three brothers Joseph, Robert and twin brother Thomas. Born on February 25, 1924 in Glasgow, Scotland, Bill immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of six months. He grew up in the west end of Winnipeg, attending Principal Sparling and Daniel McIntyre schools, before joining the Navy and serving on the HMCS Dauphin during the Second World War. After the war he enrolled in a painting and decorating course and was employed by the Winnipeg School Division maintenance department until his retirement in 1988. A longtime member of the Sparling United Church, Bill served on various boards and committees and especially enjoyed his many years as a member of the choir. Special thanks to the staff on 4E at Deer Lodge Centre for the compassionate care they provided. Funeral services will be held on August 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., with Reverend Scott MacAuley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to Sparling United Church, 1490 Burrows Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 0S8 or a charity of your choice. CHAPEL LAWN 885-9715

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