William (Bill) Richard BaleDecember 27, 1922 ~ July 24, 2017 (age 94)
Longtime resident of Lacombe, William “Bill” Bale, passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice on July 24th, 2017 at the age of 94 years.
Bill was born December 27th, 1922, in Taunton, Somerset, England. During WWII, he was a navigator in a Lancaster bomber for the RAF. Passionate about libraries, Bill’s career began in the Taunton Public Library in 1939 and continued after the war. He emigrated to Canada in 1959; working first in the Lethbridge Public Library, then setting up the Medicine Hat College Library.
He moved to Lacombe with his new bride in 1966 to become Director of the Parkland Regional Library until his retirement in 1988. Bill was the former secretary and president of the Alberta Library Association and was involved with Friends of the (public) Library until his passing. He was a 50-year member of the Lacombe Rotary Club and involved with the Lacombe Legion. He loved building model railways, reading, watching hockey and British soccer.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Beryl; daughters, Hazel Chastell (John), Susan Bale (Tom), and Alison Bale (Ron); son, Richard Bale (Shirley); grandson, Philip Chastell; four great grandchildren; sister, Margaret Roberts; as well as extended family and many good friends. He was predeceased by his father, Richard, in 1964; mother, Daisy, 1969; brother, Kenneth, 2001; and grand-daughter, Angela, 2008.
A Funeral Service will be held at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, 6120 Hwy 2A, Lacombe, AB on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Deer Hospice Society, where he received wonderful end-of-life care: 99 Arnot Ave Red Deer, AB, T4R 3S6 www.reddeerhospice.com.
Red Deer Hospice Society
99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4R 3S6,