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William Bruce Dunlop

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On March 10, 2021 @ 11:54 am In Obituaries | 6 Comments

November 18, 1929 – March 6, 2021

With broken hearts we announce the peaceful passing of William Bruce Dunlop on March 6, 2021 at Beausejour Hospital. Known as Bill, Billy, Dad, and Papa to his family and friends. He was born and raised in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan as the second youngest of 10 children. Father James Dunlop born in Scotland and mother Minnie (nee Grant) born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota raised a family of three girls and seven boys. Eldest Lois followed by Murray, Esther, Glen, Keith, Betty, Jack, Cal, Bill and Grant. Bill leaves behind his wife Ann (nee Annuik), son James and daughter Darlene (Guy) Bailey, grandchildren Candice (Jamie) Rodgers and Chantel Dunlop, great granddaughters Taylor and Hayden Rodgers, and brother Grant along with sister in-laws, brother in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Bill’s love for music was strong throughout his 91 years of life. His family were all musically talented and because of this he learned to play guitar which would eventually become his life’s passion. His first actual job would be for Adelman’s Paper Boxes though, delivering beer boxes to breweries. While living in his hometown of Moosejaw he also played in his family band. However, he would soon follow an opportunity to Winnipeg. This is where he became a member of the CKY Playboys. The band would tour the province as well as earn themselves a regular spot playing music on the radio with CKRC Studios and regular shows at Rainbow Dance Gardens.

His love for entertaining would put him at Patterson’s Ranch House for a gig and this would spark a new love. Her name was Ann. Together they would build a life full of adventures. Bill would marry Ann in 1952, have two children and continue to live and play music in Winnipeg. Eventually he started playing solo. He would load up his electric drummer and tour wherever his agent would book him, playing songs from Presley, Sinatra, Haggard and Cash just to name a few. Sometime in the late 1950’s he was asked to move to the United States to play there. He always talked of almost appearing on the Ed Sullivan show with Neil Diamond but he didn’t want to move to the states. Another time, a booking had asked for two players in the band so Bill taught his son a few chords on bass guitar and they played a two week stint together. Bill was a guitar genius and could easily make the father son duo sound like they had played forever. Not only did he love music but he loved his animals. He had three horses that he kept in Matlock and they would ride them along the beaches. And a parrot who loved to talk and sit with him outside. 

In 1977 Bill and Ann would start a journey at the Tourist Hotel in Seven Sisters Falls. He would live, work and entertain there for the next 43 years. Bill loved vacationing in Hawaii so much that they would go for a month at a time. Once they drove a motorhome to B.C. then down to Las Vegas. He was a betting man and would bet against any Winnipeg sports team no matter who they played against. Famous for his button down shirts and suave enough to hand you a twenty in a handshake. The one to say grace for family dinners and believe in good luck charms. If there was ever a moon that lit up the sky he would call his granddaughters so they wouldn’t miss it. He was forever a dreamer and believed anything was possible. The moon and stars inspired him, his wife adored him, his family brought him joy and his many angels gave him peace.

It wasn’t his years that solely contributed to feeling old lately because at 90 he was still sharp with wit and could move with ease. Unfortunately our dear dad had fought an unknown battle with cancer. He remained at home until just days before his passing.

And now the end is here. And so I face that final curtain. My friend I’ll make it clear. I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain. I’ve lived a life that’s full. I traveled each and every highway. And more, much more. I did it, I did it my way.

Forever in our hearts, until we meet again.

An informal celebration of life will take place with a few family and friends at a later time.


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Condolence from Dennis & Rosalie on March 11th, 2021 1:02 pm

Our deepest sympathy to you Ann and your family. We have many fond memories of Bill at the hotel, entertaining us with his rendition of the Birthday song for the “Golden Girls group”. May you find peace in knowing that he is no longer suffering, and hold him close in your hearts. Our thoughts go out to you all…

Condolence from Marilyn & Robert on March 11th, 2021 5:26 pm

Our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. I didn’t know Bill, but know his daughter and she always spoke highly of her Dad and told me stories of his younger days when he toured. It sounds like he had a long and a fulfilling life with lots of family and full of love. Keep his memory alive in all of you.

Condolence from Garry & Linda on March 11th, 2021 5:42 pm

Our deepest sympathies to the Dunlop Family. The memories we shared are never ending. We have spent many years being entertained at grey cup parties on Roberta Avenue, spending time at their family cottage in Matlock as well as helping with their move to Seven Sisters and their Grand Opening of the Hotel.

Knowing Bill for over 50 years, he always had a calming effect on you. In any circumstances, he would always be able to defuse the situation. He was a great person to be around.

We will sadly miss him and cherish the moments we had with him. Our thoughts go out to the family.

Condolence from Gerald, Elaine, Penny and family, Eddy, Jen & family on March 12th, 2021 4:46 pm

Our condolences to Ann, Jim, and Darlene on Bill’s passing. He truly was a gentle soul always smiling and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all in the sad time, especially in these trying times where it is hard to get together and share memories of Bill that would give you many happy thoughts to remember him by. May he rest in peace knowing how much he was loved and will be missed.

Condolence from MARILYN Gillam on March 13th, 2021 11:00 am

Thinking of you with love, Ann. It was with great sadness I read about your loss of Billy.

Condolence from Ken Patterson on March 15th, 2021 2:38 pm

Our condolences to Ann and family.
Ken remembers selling you your first horse.

Ken and Adeline Patterson

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