William Payne

January 26, 1946 – December 26, 2019


It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of  Bill, a loving husband and father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Peacefully, in his sleep, his cancer won the final battle.

Bill is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife Lorna of 48 years, his children Steve (wife Kat, children Penelope and Fox), Sarah (husband Mike, children Hunter, Parker, Madison and Mackenzie, Tyler and Taya); his sisters Lynda Pronger (Fred), Snow Lake. Mb; Shirley Payne, Flin Flon, Mb; Irene Posnikoff (Larry), Delta, BC and his sister-in-laws Joyce Skillingstad (Pat), Outlook, Sk; Dorothy Ross (Ken), Outlook. Sk; Donna Bursaw (Russell), Milden, Sk; and brother-in-law Dale Dowie,  Zelandia, Sk. Bill was predeceased by his parents Archie and Margaret Payne and his sister-in-law Faye Dowie.

Bill was born in Calgary, Alberta.  His parents Archie and Margaret moved to  Flin Flon where his three sisters Lynda, Shirley and Irene were born. They eventually moved to Snow Lake and that was his home town until he decided to head west.

In 1967 he met Lorna and they were married in 1971.  He had taken his HVAC course in Saskatoon and got a job working in that field so they lived in Saskatoon for the first 18 months of their married life.  Bill loved to fly and got his pilots license while they were dating  and in April of 1973 he got a job as a pilot for Norcanair up in Uranium City.  After living  there for 3 months and realizing that being a pilot was like being a glorified taxi driver they moved to Winnipeg where he got a job as a service manager for an HVAC company.  He still kept flying but as a hobby and for fun.

They started a family, Steven Alan was born July 17, 1974 and Sarah Anne September 12, 1977.

It was in 1977 when he decided to start his own HVAC business and R.E.S. Installations was born.  He made the business a success with his hard work and dedication.

They built their dream home together and with all this he still had time to get his black belt in taekwondo, teach the “A” Ticket Gas Course several times, took up gliding, belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Association, bought two apartment blocks and then decided to start a sports card business, Card Baron of Canada.  He also got into the Wakins Business.

His love for flying still remained.  He had a couple different airplanes over the years but his favorite one was the Eagle in which he had a one third partnership in.  He flew to LaChute, Quebec to pick it up and flew it all the way back to Winnipeg.  Bill and his partners flew to Edmonton where they entered competitions with the Eagle.  He loved flying upside down, doing loop de loops and stalls.  He had also instructed at the Winnipeg Flying Club


Bill spent lots of time with Steve and Sarah, teaching them how to swim, taking them to the zoo, museum or swimming Sunday mornings, that was their time together.

He loved to travel.  He always liked to go to Las Vegas, back then it was the 99 cent buffets and skimpely dressed girls.  The Hawaiian Islands, Germany, England, Yucatan Peninsula (where he got to climb the pyramid back then), San Fransico, Cuba and Dominican Republic were among the places he had traveled.  He also traveled across Canada, dipping his toes in both the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

In 1999 they bought a place just outside of the perimeter, the best move they ever made.  Bill loved having all this new found space to house all his treasures and treasures he made many.

They hosted many family milestones at their new home, anniversaries and birthdays.  His sister Irene would come in every summer from BC for a visit.

Bill loved to cook and he was a very good cook, he just didn't like to clean up after himself.  He even had a cinnamon bun bake off with his sister Shirley.

The grandchildren finally came along, Hunter in 2010, Penelope in 2011, Parker in 2013, Fox in 2016 and Madison in 2019.  It was his wish to be able to meet and hold Madison before he was gone and he got his wish.  Bill was a very proud grandfather, he loved spending time with the grandchildren, playing on the floor building blocks, decorating easter eggs, carving pumpkins and making gingerbread houses.  He taught Hunter how to drive the golf cart.  The grandchildren helped plant the garden and loved picking the tomatoes and cucumbers after they checked with grandpa to make sure they were ready to pick.

When both Steve and Sarah built their homes, he was in there like a dirty shirt doing whatever he could to help them out.  He loved keeping busy.

He finally retired at the age of 70.  They went to Osoyoos for a month after he retired where he skied almost everyday.  He tried his hand at snow boarding too, but that didn't work out very well for him so he stuck to skis.

In August of 2015 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the prognosis was not good at first given only 3 to 6 months to live.  But then found out it was the neuro endocrine pancreatic tumor which is more rare and was told maybe 5 years.  He made it 52 and a half months.  He rarely complained and carried on with life.  He had his good days and bad, most of them were good up and up until the last couple weeks he had fought a good fight.  He was a fighter and fought to the very end but unfortunately his cancer won the final battle.

Donations in Bill's memory can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba  or the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

A celebration of life was held at 2:00 p.m. on January 10, 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 603 Wellington Crescent.

The pain is gone and now you can be at peace. Although you are no longer by our side, you will be forever and always in our hearts.  Thank you for all the wonderful memories you left us with which we will continue to share.

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