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William (Bill) Bernard Redekop

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Bill was known for being a teacher, a thinker, a world traveller, and a lifelong learner. Always one to choose the scenic route, Bill enjoyed his journeys and the company of those who shared them, particularly if there were good conversations along the way. The second of 7 children, Bill (or Willy, as he was also known) grew up in Sardis and on the family acreage in Aldergrove, B.C. He graduated from Mennonite Educational Institute, Abbotsford, B.C., and attended Mennonite Brethren Bible College, Winnipeg, where he met Junko. After graduating from Waterloo (Ont.) Lutheran College, Bill moved to Japan. There, he and Junko married before returning to Canada. Bill taught in Prince George, B.C., and completed his masters degree at University of British Columbia. Bill and Junko settled in North Vancouver where Bill taught social studies and geography at Argyle Secondary School. Following early retirement in 1985, Bill took a teaching position at Aichi Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan, until his full retirement in 1998. Shortly after his diagnosis with bladder cancer, Bill died peacefully at home.

  • Birth: October 15, 1930
  • Birthplace:
    Chilliwack, B.C.
  • Death: March 1, 2018
  • Married:
    Junko, 1959
  • Family:
    Junko; children Ken (Astrid), Naomi (Dan) Schmidt, Tami (Michael) Copland; 5 grandchildren; 4 siblings
  • Church:
    Killarney Park MB, Vancouver