1957 – 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Bill Cunliffe at his home in Lac du Bonnet on November 8, 2014.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 33 years, Debbie, children Adam (Andrea) and Chelsey, granddaughter Avery, parents-in-law Ed and Elsie Worona, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Bill grew up in Oakville, Ontario and after joining the RCMP in 1979, his first posting brought him to Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba. It was here that he met and married Debbie, and together they built their life and family as Bill’s career took them around the country. He proudly retired from the RCMP after 29 years and began work at AECL, returning to Lac du Bonnet with Debbie to build their dream home on the Winnipeg River. He loved having his kids at “the cottage,” especially to take out the boat. Bill approached everything he did with passion and integrity; never settling for less than his best. For all who were lucky enough to know Bill his absence will be immeasurable, but he will be forever remembered for his welcoming nature, warm spirit and genuine heart.
A private memorial service has taken place. In lieu of flowers, your donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation are much appreciated.
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Rick & Susan Aikman
Debbie and Family – Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at the tragic passing of my cousin Bill. Rick & Susan Aikman
David and Patti Grayson
We are very sorry for your loss.
Marline and Gus Wruck
We send our condolences and prayers at this very difficult time. Bill will be missed by so many people but always loved,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
I’m sure the family knows this, but Bill adored each of you. We talked a lot. There was never a day that went by that Bill didn’t have something to say about you. He was so proud and modest at the same time. He loved you.
I’ll really miss Bill, but my consolation is that I got to meet him in the first place. We laughed alot. I consider myself fortunate to be able to call Bill my friend.
Bill was a great man on so many levels.
Please take care, Doug
R. Paul McKay
I was just given the news of Bill’s death through our Montreal office. To say I was shocked would not do justice to the surprise and sadness I felt at hearing the news. Bill and I worked together for many years in Ottawa. Through that time I came to know a deeply passionate man who adored his family and loved his work. It didn’t always show through that exterior but he was a big softy with a heart for the underdog. May God strengthen you, Adam and Chelsey, I pray that he surround you with angels to comfort and protect you. May He show compassion to you and hold you up in your time of grief. Bill will be greatly missed all across this country by those that had the pleasure of serving with him.
I was fortunate to have had Bill as my Boss at his last posting with the RCMP. Bill was on his way to retirement but he took the time to teach me the skills I needed to work on my own. Even after he was retired I was able to call him for advice or assistance. My Wife and I would like you to know that you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Brendan Bartlett and Audrey Labrie
Our deepest sympathy on your unexpected loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. You have our sincere regrets.
Lisa let me know about your sad news. My sympathies Debbie, you still must be in shock.
Debbie and family:
I’m so sorry to hear about Bill. I had the privilege of working with him in Ottawa. Please accept my condolences.
I was fortunate to have become acquainted with Bill on my several trips out to CNL Whiteshell in 2013-2014. He was a wonderful team member, always willing to help at a moment’s notice. Bill was also a most excellent mentor to anyone wanting to learn. He greatly enjoyed sharing your recent vacation experiences and it was obvious even through those short chats how much he loved you. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him; a remarkable man. My heart goes out to you and the rest of the family.
Belated condolences to the family of William Cunliffe; I must apologise for the inordinate delay but I have only just learned of his untimely passing.
I knew Bill many years ago having met when he was visiting Bisley with the RCAC shooting team, and later stayed with his family when I visited Canada the following year. We lost touch when he joined the RCMP and I joined the British Army; but I have fond memories of the time we spent together.
Bill was a good guy, and I am glad to hear he had a good life, a wife and a family. Requiescat in pace.
Our condolences to you and your family Debbie. I didn’t realize the passing of Bill until just recently.
Hope time has allowed things to heal!
Don and Calla Brown
Hi Debbie. This is the time of year to reminisce. I think of Bill often, with all the good times we spent together looking after each other in our second posting. I also think of you and your family. It all brings back so many smiles. Bill’s eyes would always light up when he spoke if you. You’ll always be part of the R.C.M.P. “family.”