Born to Abe and Ethel Wiens on April 15, 1955, Bill was the 3rd of 6 children. Starting life in the Francois/Burns Lake/Palling areas, the Wiens family moved to Houston in 1970. In 1976, Bill married the love of his life Claudine, shortly after, they started their family. Jennifer was born in 1977, followed by Sarah in 1979 and Chad in 1982. The Wiens family was complete, for now. In 2001, 2002 & 2004, Bill’s family grew a little more with the addition of his son in law Wade and grandsons, Dylan and Landen. Poppa loved teasing the boys and making memories for them to cherish forever. In Bill’s spare time, he enjoyed camping and fishing. Often, you could find the Wiens family at one of the local area lakes. Bill’s favorite place to camp was heading back to his roots at Francois Lake often joined by friends and family. Aside from fishing and camping, Bill also loved to spend time visiting with his friends at the PV’s “Loggers Table”, these guys are like a family on their own. From a young age, Bill worked in the logging industry, a job he took pride in right up until Spring Break 2011.
Bill will be missed for his kind heart and gentle nature as well as his smart witted comments. He will be missed mostly by his family at the “go to” guy. There wasn’t much that went on in the lives of his kids that wasn’t given dad’s 2 cents (and sometimes 5). Along with his family, Bill’s friends will notice the missing link in their lives, he may not have been a loud guy but you always knew he was there.
Bill passed away peacefully with his family by his side on June 14, in Smithers, BC.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Claudine, daughters Jennifer, Sarah (Wade) Proctor and son Chad, grandsons Dylan & Landen Proctor, sisters Pat (George) Unruh, Linda (Marten) Dykens & Diane Harder, brother Steven as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws and many special fiends. Bill was pre-deceased by his father Abe (1999), mother Ethel (2006) & brother Jack (2000).
Memorial tributes in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated and can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Donations Department, 1480 – 7th Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3P2 or www.heartandstroke.bc.ca