With great sadness, the family announces the passing of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
Bill will be lovingly missed by his children, Betty Salamon, Kathy (Doug) Mitchell, Michael (Wendi) Salamon; and grandchildren, Erica and Mark Mitchell, Theresa (Jason) and Scott Cannon, Juston, Andra, Paris and Aurhea Salamon; and great-grandchildren, Samarah and Mathias; sister Vicki Gosselin; and cousin Harold Salamacha. He was predeceased by his wife Sophie (Polanski).
Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1927, the older brother of Vicki. He was a born sportsman, paddling with his best friend Ed Gage at the Kildonan Canoe Club, downhill skiing on hills ranging from the banks of the Red River, to the slopes of garbage mound Mt. Blackstrap in Saskatoon, and finally the mountains of Thunder Bay. He was an accomplished skip providing us with numerous toasters, and shared his love of the game with granddaughter Theresa, holding the broom for her for countless hours while she practiced the sport. He loved Big Band music and serenaded all on his violin. He invented the Canoe Club Shuffle, and loved dancing to Glenn Miller. He met his wife Sophie on a blind date and was adopted into her large family. He attended the engineering school at the University of Manitoba, but chose to leave after one year to help support his family upon the death of his father. He delivered for Eaton's, worked for the Manitoba Power Commission, and spent the last 36 years of his working life with the Canadian National Railway, becoming a railroader to the core, with his career taking him through Sioux Lookout, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg.
His father Peter taught him carpentry and he became an accomplished builder and woodworker. He taught Mike and Doug all about wood, tools, and improvising, and to measure twice and cut once. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill loved airplanes of all kinds, and realized a childhood dream later in life by learning to fly, soloing in a glider as a member of the Kakabeka Falls Gliding Club. As a baker, a skill he learned in his senior years, he made butter tarts and Christmas cakes. He was outgoing and a great talker. He loved to "visit". His greatest accomplishment was his family. He loved them fiercely, and was so proud of them all. We are the houses that Bill built.