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Wilfred Bill Seafoot

December 26, 1925 - December 10, 2012


Bill Seafoot passed away on December 10, 2012 in the presence of loving family and friends in the Palliative Care room at the Kaslo Victorian Hospital. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Dad was born in East End, Saskatchewan and moved to Trail, BC in 1941 and then to Kaslo in 1959 to work for T & H Sawmills. He began Kaslo Skid Contractors Ltd. in the early 1960s, and was legendary for his no nonsense approach to logging. He was called the “Paul Bunyan with bulldozers” by the National Geographic Society. He was also called many other names, some of which cannot be put into print, but most prominently “Panicky” or “Cranky”.

When Dad wasn’t working he was involved in all aspects of the Legion and coaching minor and senior men’s baseball. He would often be found fishing around the local lakes with his main sustenance of an Oh Henry bar, pepperoni stick and a bottle of Coke purchased from the Mohawk. When the weather wouldn’t allow him to be outside he could be found sitting in his recliner cursing and swearing at the TV when the Toronto Blue Jays were playing. Dad enjoyed many happy times quadding and snowmobiling with his many friends. He was a real people person and loved the daily contact with the community. Whenever there was a need, Dad was there.

Dad was predeceased by wives Irene (1989) (mother of his children) and Cathy (2012); daughter Bev Gatzke (2012); son Keith (2004); and grandsons Donald (1994), Allan (1995), Kevin (1995), Ron (2007). He is survived by daughters Linda and Bonnie (Rick); sons Craig (Susan) and Gordon; and grandchildren Karen, Bret, Gary, Leroy, Dave, Lorne, Jason, Pam, Ryan, Bill, Mark, Kelly, Tania and Sheldon; and 22 great-grandchildren. Linda, Bonnie, Craig and Gord would like to thank everyone who helped us in any way during this difficult time.



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Lucie Huitema Lindley Ackles
Relation: Old friend

Ralph and I and our boys were sadden to hear of our loss and yours.We met with Bill this summer and he came and visited us and had supper up at the camp. Bill has always been close to us in thought and visits over the past 50 plus years. Memories of our families will always be a part of us.

From: Robert Mattes
Relation: Friend

Very sorry to hear of Bills passing. I will never forget the first day that I went to work for him. I was pretty scared!! He actually turned out to be the best teacher I ever had. I will always be grateful for what he taught me as well as for the encouragement he gave me while on Kaslo council. I sure hope he leaves some of those cream patches with all the sound wood for when the rest of us get up there!

From: Thomas H. Sallaway
Relation: Friend of his daughter, Bonnie.

To Bonnie, a friend from university so many years ago, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. I still remember playing catch with him before I left to play baseball on the prairies. Hope you are doing well. Thomas.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 21, 2012
Beginning at 11:00am

Kaslo Legion Hall
403 5th St.
Kaslo, BC Canada V0G 1M0

403 5th St.
Kaslo, BC Canada V0G 1M0

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