William Hutchinson

William Thomas Hutchinson was born June 8, 1941 to William Thomas and Annie (Bryce) Hutchinson at Big Creek BC, where Bill grew up along with his sisters Norah, Eileen, Mary, and Lou, he was the only boy in the family of five.

Bill attended school in Alexis Creek as well as Big Creek, however he studied many different pursuits in this university of life. Bill came from a very musical family and learned how to play many different musical instruments, which he later passed on to his oldest daughter Tanya.

He spent time as a big game hunting guide for his brother-in-law Tom Wilson and for Duane Witte. Bill spent most of his time in the mountains camping, hunting and fishing, as he loved wildlife and could call a moose out of the backwoods every time he was out.

Bill started working away from home at a very early age, at Kaytors sawmill, West Fraser on Bald Mountain, Lignum’s Mill in Meldrum Creek. But when that closed down Bill moved to Williams Lake where he was  the head saw filer for Bill Lambert for many years.

Bill met and married Marcella Bowe in 1968 and had two children Cory and Tanya as well as his adopted son Shayne Bowe. They made their home in Boweville and spent much time travelling to rodeo’s and going hunting and fishing.

Not very often was there not game hanging in the backyard at the Hutch’s. Family was very important to Bill and taking time to visit his mom and sisters in Kamloops to spend holidays or weekends together meant a great deal to him.

Bill was well known behind the chutes at the rodeos; always willing to help out the steer riders; setting them down and pulling ropes and then somehow still managing to jump in the arena to snap some pictures of the young riders. Then he was loading up the truck and headed off for the next rodeo.

After Bill and Marcella separated; Bill met Doreen Johnson of Alkali Lake and together they had three children Jonathan, Dawn and Ann. Bill taught his children many things from hunting to fishing, tying fly hooks, playing music, and bow hunting, and laughing.

Bill loved to laugh and joke and always seemed to have a joke to share or a comical life story to tell from his days of guiding, saw filing, fishing, drinking, or playing in the many different bands he was part of; or he’d tell of the many other things he experienced. He used to say he could weld anything in this world together but two things; a broken heart and the crack of dawn.

Bill faced a short battle with cancer and when he knew he was not able to over come his struggle he had the courage to start a new journey into the unknown.

His children Cory, Tanya, Johnny, Dawn, and Ann; as well as his partner Betty; sat with him to the very end; where he smiled softly and shared a laugh, and joked until he found his peace and slipped away Jan. 14, 2007 in Kelowna.

He will be missed by all who knew him….

Williams Lake Tribune

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