William Zaleschuk

William Walter Zaleschuk

Thursday, January 12th, 1933 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Zaleschuk, William (Bill)

William (Bill) Zaleschuk passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday, April 13, 2020, three months after his 87th birthday. He was born in Rosthern, SK on January 12, 1933. He moved to Prince Albert in 1943 before settling in Calgary and getting married to Grace Moody in 1957.

William started off owning and operating his own mechanical shop and gas station in Calgary. He then transitioned to the oil and gas industry where he traveled and worked mostly in northern Alberta, BC and Alaska. William loved to share stories of work and places traveled. He always stayed in close contact with most of his work friends after retirement. He loved fabricating and fixing things as well as the shared love of hockey with his grandson, watching sports, dancing, cooking and working up North.

The most important part of his life was family, whom he loved and cherished. William loved children and always looked forward to visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren, making sure they got more than their fill of sweets before leaving.

William will be missed and lovingly remembered by his son, James; sister, Annie; grandchildren, Billy, Ben, Crystal, Tammy and Tanya and great grandchildren, Blakely, Parker, Hailey, Hayden and Tegan. He was predeceased by his wife, Grace; parents, John and Juliana Zaleschuk as well as siblings, John, Robert, Alex, Helen, Mary, Nick, George, Demetri, Patricia, Dorthy, Julie, Allen and James (in infancy).

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David, Sharon and Stuart Gauthier

Posted at 01:09pm
In loving memory of our Uncle Bill.
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David Gauthier

Posted at 12:04pm
To Jim and all of the family and friends, I wanted to express the heartfelt condolences of my wife Wendy and I, my sister Sharon, my brother Stuart and his wife Kay.
I also wanted to add this remembrance of my Uncle Bill. His sister, Patricia (who passed in 2000), was Sharon’s, Stuart’s and my mom.
It was as a young boy in Calgary that I first got to know Uncle Bill and Aunt Grace. My Dad had been in the army and posted to Belgium and so it wasn’t until we returned to Canada in 1960 that I first got to meet my Uncle Bill and Aunt Grace. Mom had always spoke of her brother Bill with love and affection and so we were excited to finally meet him. As time went by, there were many family holiday dinners that we had together and I will always remember his kindness and gentle humour whenever we were together. When I was in my early teens, it was Uncle Bill who gave me my first real job, helping out at his service station. Watching him interacting with his crew and customers taught me so much about dealing with people in an honest and caring manner.
As the years passed we fell out of touch and it wasn’t until much later in our lives we reconnected. For the past years he always called on my birthday and we would chat and catch up on each other’s lives. His love and pride in his family was always foremost in the talks we shared and I always looked forward to those calls. We last spoke this past Christmas.
Like so many others, I will miss him. I am so thankful for him being in my life and sharing his strength of character, his kindness, in helping me grow as a young man.
Some words that came to my mind in thinking about my Uncle Bill are from Wordsworth, “The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love”. I know of the many acts of kindness and love he showed me, and I like to think of all of the other lives he touched with that same kindness and love.

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