It is with tremendous heartache that we announce the passing of William Greer, recently of Blairmore, Alberta. Bill succumbed to illness on August 11, 2019 at the age of 78 years. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Bill was born in Glasgow, Scotland on March 3, 1941. His mother died while he was still a child and his father was needed to fight in the Second World War - Bill learned very early that he must provide for himself and for others. He enlisted in the British Royal Air Force and specialized as a machinist and heavy-duty mechanic. He was proud of his years of service and was forever interested in wartime history and commemorative events. As a highly accomplished bagpiper, he competed around the world and played at many official ceremonies.
Bill won the heart of a beautiful and graceful young lady, Mary Graham, and they pledged their love in matrimony on July 27, 1968. They were further blessed with a family whom they cherished. Bill provided for his family by working in the coalmines. He never had enough spare time to enjoy many hobbies but he did manage to take off the occasional evening for some fishing. He was an executive member and past president of the Coleman Legion and the preferred piper for all community events including Remembrance Day and funerals.
Bill had a lightening quick wit and unique sense of humour. He could be stubborn and often mischievous but his generous and considerate nature always won over your heart. His hard days of work are done; may he forever find peace.
Left to honour his memory include his sons, Ian (Erin) Greer of Coleman and Scott Greer of China; his grandchildren, Heather, Alexx, MacKenzie & Alex; his cousin, Helen (Stephen) Davidge of England; several in-laws and extended family; and his beloved companion and cherished friend, Wilma DeLisle. He was predeceased by his wife, “May” Greer and his parents, Robert & Margaret Greer.
No funeral services will be held. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca. Donations may be directed towards your local Diabetes organization.
Fantin's Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555.