IRWIN, William (Bill) Archibald
William (Bill) A. Irwin passed away peacefully on February 9, 2013 at Vernon Hospice
House. Bill was born in Princeton, B.C. on March 24, 1920.
He grew up skiing at the Amber Ski Club, managed by his parents Albert "Pop" and
Ethel "Mom" Irwin. When WW II broke out, Bill served as ski instructor to The Lovett
Scouts in Jasper. After the war, he moved back to Princeton to work as a carpenter.
He married Mary Whieldon in 1945. Bill and his brother Bert were both named to the
Canadian Ski Team for the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, competing in all
the ski events – cross country, jumping, slalom, and G.S. After the Olympics, Bill was
invited to Winnipeg as a ski pro, then on to Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. In
1956, Bill and Mary opened Loch Lomond Ski Area. In 2000, Bill was inducted into the
Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in Ottawa.
In 1979, Bill and Mary retired to Vernon, B.C. They continued to ski and enjoyed hiking,
gardening and pursued their new addiction – golfing. Bill also became a Rotary Club
member. Mary passed away from cancer in December 1981. Bill married Deanna Mills
Bill was predeceased by his brother Albert "Bert". Bill is survived by his wife Deanna,
sister Ethel (Doug) Bonell, his daughter Dorothy [Dwayne], his sons: Daniel, Douglas
[Denise] and David [Lynne], and his grandchildren and great-grand children.
The family would like to thank Nurse Next Door and Hospice House for the wonderful
care they gave Bill.
Funeral services will be held at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Saturday February
16 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the North Okanagan