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WILLIAM FOSTER (published on August 18, 2010)



WILLIAM FOSTER It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, William (Bill) Foster, on August 15, 2010 at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 79. He died peacefully after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Foster; parents Calvin and Isma Foster; brothers Doug and Don Foster, and niece Cindy Marchant. He will be forever lovingly remembered by his daughters Leah (Greg), Elaine (Jack); grandchildren Matthew, Ellyn, Jovette (Kean), Michael (Lora), and Shane; sisters Audrey (Steve), Ilene (Jimmy), and Phyllis Gagne, sisters-in-law Coreen Zerr (Russ) and Velma Foster, and his great-grandchildren Logan, Kadence and Kaleb, and many nieces and nephews. Dad was born on November 22, 1930, the second oldest of six children. He grew up on a farm near Mather, Manitoba. Dad was very athletic and grew up with an intense interest in sports, particularly baseball and hockey. Some of his very fondest memories were of his own accomplishments playing baseball as a catcher, and hockey as a goalie. Dad met Mom at a dance in Killarney, Manitoba in the summer of 1952. After a year's courtship, they tied the knot on August 29, 1953. For the first two years of their married life, they lived on his family's farm. Then they moved around over the next few years while Dad worked construction in various places in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They eventually settled in Winnipeg in Fort Garry after his two daughters were born. Dad began his career with Canada Post in the early 1960s and he retired in 1992. During his years in the Post Office, he made many friends with whom he socialized with outside of work. He also played on a Post Office baseball and curling team with his buddies. In the early 1970s, Dad enjoyed entering his prize flowers and vegetables in the Fort Garry Horticultural shows. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, one of Dad's hobbies was metal detecting. He scoured the river banks and old baseball fields for buried coins and whatever other treasures he could find. He eventually quit doing it when everyone else caught the metal-detecting fever! In the 1990s, he took great pride in being part-owner of a racehorse named Tasty Julep at Assiniboia Downs. He enjoyed a number of years of watching his horse race, occasionally even winning a few. Over the years, Mom and Dad enjoyed vacations in the Bahamas, Hawaii, California, Arizona and various other destinations in Canada until Mom's illness kept them closer to home. After Mom passed away in 2003, Dad joined the Wildwood Golf Club, where he met new friends and enjoyed nine holes of golf five days a week during the golf season, right up until his illness in early May of this year. Dad loved to walk - he walked everywhere he possibly could. He walked to the golf club and to his daughter's place every day, rain or shine, hot or cold. Up until Dad was forced to go to the hospital due to his illness, he lived in his own home, spending many contented hours maintaining his yard and flowers and visiting with his neighbours. He will be greatly missed in the neighbourhood. Dad took great pride in his children and grandchildren and all of our accomplishments. He was always so interested in everything that we were doing. The main thing, though, was that he just wanted us to be healthy and happy. He loved us so much. We will miss him terribly. A funeral service will be held to honour Dad's life on Saturday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. The family would like to extend their gratitude for the compassionate care provided by the nurses and doctors of GD4 ward. It was of great comfort to the family knowing how well liked he was. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dad's memory may be made to the charity of your choice. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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