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William George Apostoliuk

October 23, 1930 - March 3, 2018


William George Apostoliuk   (1930-2018)

Born October 23, 1930, in Nelson, BC.  Bill was proud to be a native son.  After school days, Bill embarked into the automotive industry at Peebles Motors.  With a partner, Bill Openshaw, they opened Bill’s Motor Inn in 1959, selling Studebakers, later taking on a Nissan franchise.


He met his life partner, Claudia Smith, in high school, and later married and had three sons, Mark (Lovette), Grant (Kathy), Scott (Lisa) and grandchildren, Kaylee, Tori, Jacob, Brendan, Lisa and Jessica.


During this time Bill was a member of the JC’s, Elk and Gyro club.  As a member of the Nelson Golf Club, including 24 years on the executive, Bill was awarded a lifetime membership.  Golf was a passion that he enjoyed for more than 70 years.  Bill became known on the course as “Birdie Bill” for obvious reasons.  He sponsored a Bills Motor Inn golf tournament at one point that was held on the 24th of May. He also served on the Nelson School Board.  He was very proud that he could do Sudoku with a pen.  Bill and Claudia became avid skiers and enjoyed skiing with friends at Whitewater.


He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 3, 2018.  The family would like to thank the Doctors, and especially, the third floor nursing staff at KLH.  Donations may be made to the British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation.


A celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: David Hersh
Relation: I've been a customer for many years.

My condolences to the Apostoliuk family.

From: Werner and Lorry Mann

Our deepest condolences to Claudia and family, may you find some peace in the many special and fond memories that you all hold so dear. Sincerely Werner and Lorry Mann and the staff at A-3 plumbing.

From: Alex and Dana Lesko
Relation: Friend and Former Employee

Most sincere condolences to Claudia and family. We always remember Bill as a very kind and caring person. May you cherish the love and memories of Bill forever. Sincerely, Alex and Dana Lesko

From: Russ and Pam Howard
Relation: Friends and Business Acquaintances

That is a lovely photo of Bill. Russ and I were very fond of him. Bill (and Mark) were our “go to” guys for car repairs for many years. Bill always had time for a chat and his communication skills from years in sales were remarkable. And the fact that he spent 70 years golfing, doing something he enjoyed.. and remained active well into his 80’s!! Good on you Bill (and Claudia)!! He was a genuine all around great guy. Sending along our heartfelt condolences to Bills family.

From: Don Nunn
Relation: Family friend and employer

I knew Bill many years ago when I worked for him.
He was a great guy and will always be in my heart best wishes to his family

From: Jeannine Moreau Gouveia
Relation: Neighbour

I just saw this, I have not lived in Nelson for over 30 years now, but Mr. Apostoliuk was our neighbour. I remember him as a nice man, never got upset with us kids biking up and down in his driveway or around his home. A good neighbour, sorry to hear of his passing.

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