William Albert Ernest Canvin
William (Bill) A. E. Canvin
August 16 1945 - June 1 2023
We are so very sad to share that our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa has passed away. This loss has left a huge hole in our hearts and lives.
Bill was born in Northampton, England and was the youngest of five siblings. He always had an adventurous streak, which took him to the gold mines of South Africa right after graduation then later to Canada with his wife Rosemary, young daughter Helen and of course Noggin, the first in a line of treasured family dogs.
Bill continued the adventures and opened one of the first neighborhood pubs in the province with Rosemary and John and Maureen Foster. From 1977 to 1980, they owned The Witch of Endor Neighborhood Pub in Maple Ridge (now Witchcraft), and then The Frog and Nightgown in Coquitlam from 1984 to 2004.
British Columbia held a special place in Bill's heart. He cherished spending time with his family, camping in many beautiful Provincial Parks. They started with a tent and eventually upgraded to a tent trailer, though parking it wasn't always a smooth ride—Helen's ears often had to be covered for that part. Bill had a true love for the outdoors and would often take long walks with his dogs in the trails and dykes nearby. Then in later years creating the most amazing outdoor spaces and garden at home.
He loved spending time with his family and friends. A great host, he warmly welcomed many, showcasing his knowledge of local history and earning himself the nickname of a walking encyclopedia. Over the years we were all so fortunate to spend time together at a family ‘cabin’ and in his beautiful home base in Maple Ridge. So many great memories to cherish.
He was absolutely devoted to his family, the most incredible husband, and a loving father and grandfather. Rosemary, his wife of 55 years, their daughter Helen, son in-law Mark, grandchildren Ryan and Jenna will forever cherish Bill's memory and everything he gave and taught them. He will also be dearly missed by his sister, Mary, brother Richard and his wife Hazel, sister-in-law Celia and her husband Les and numerous nieces and nephews in the UK and Australia.
Our loved four-legged family members Pepper and Marlie and Sage will also miss him terribly.
We want to say thank you to the amazing doctors and nurses at Ridge Meadows Hospital for taking such great care of Bill. Their kindness and dedication meant the world to us. We are also incredibly thankful to Dr. Hughes, Dr. Uh, Dr Telio, and our family doctor, Dr. Rusu, for providing Bill with excellent care for a rare combination of conditions. We couldn't have asked for better support.
Bill did not want a funeral but a celebration of his life. This will be held in the summer. If you would like to honor Bill's memory, we kindly ask if you could consider making a donation to the SPCA or the Canadian Cancer Society.