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William Frederick Switzer[1]

Male 1932 - 2002

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  • Name  William Frederick Switzer 
    Born  1 Mar 1932  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  28 Aug 2002  Barrhead, AB, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Obituary of William Fredrick Switzer Posted in the Barrhead Leader on September 3-2002
      Mr. William Switzer late of Barrhead, formely of Edmonton and Highridge, passed away quietly after a long and courageous battle on August 28, 2002 at the age of 70 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving family; wife Vernette; 4 daughters Shirley (Doug) Kane of Edmonton, Bonnie (Alan) Watson of Edson, Terry (Barry) Edworthy of Morinville, and Connie (Everett) Lowie of Morinville, 3 sons Bill Switzer Jr. of Edmonton, Ken (Angie) Switzer of Onoway, Tom (Donnietta) Plante of Hudson Bay Saskatchewan; 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; 3 brothers Ed, George (Marlene), and Ken (Sharon), and 1 sister Darlene (Fred) Alston, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
      Predeceased by his first wife Dora, and brothers Mervin, Stan, Gerald, and Don. Memorial service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2002 at 2 p. m. from Rose Garden Chapel, Barrhead, with Reverend David Pype officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Wilde Cemetery. Donations gratefully accepted to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 10985 124 St. Edmonton, AB. T5M 9Z9, or Barrhead Healthcare Centre, West Wing, 4815 51 Ave., Barrhead, AB. T7N 1M1. Arrangements in care of Rose Garden
      Chapel, 780-674-4644.

      Eulogy of William Frederick Switzer
      Written by Alan Watson, forwarded to me by Bonnie Watson~Bill's daughter

      It is very hard to commit a persons life down to a few pages, especially someone like Bill, though I will give it a try. To start we will get some of the dates and events out of the way and then we will explore on who exactly Bill Switzer was.
      When the Switzer ancestors moved west from the eastern townships of Ontario someone would occasionally fall off the wagon along the way and a branch of the Switzer family tree would take root. Bills branch of the family tree fell off the wagon in the Vermilion area. So it was in Vermilion that Calvin Floyd Switzer met Margaruite MacKenzie, married, and on March 1, 1932 Bill was born. Bill was one of nine Children (Ed, Stan, Gerald, Mervin, Don, Ken, George and Darlene).

      The family moved to Edmonton (Calder) in 1934 or 35, when he was 2 or 3 years old, where he grew up. In 1950 when he was 18 he went to work for the City of Edmonton (Parks) with a team of horses. In 1951, he married Dora Baker. As Bill was never one to stand around, nine months and 11 days later Shirley showed up. Bill Jr. was born in 1954, Bonnie in 1957 and Ken joined the family in 1960. In 1959 he traded in his horses for his first cat and that was the start of William F. Switzer Construction. One cat lead to another and another as he worked on the construction of Hawryluk Park and the project to turn the Rundle dump into a Park. Bonnie remembers how he would come home smelling of old garbage so they made him change out of his work clothes in the garage. Working for their Dad, Billy and Ken learned to operate equipment and Bill gave the opportunity to some of their friends (with mixed results).
      In 1966 he bought the farm out at Highridge for a country get away spot. In 1980 when he was 48 he sold off his equipment and he and Dora retired to the farm. Unfortunately Dora passed away suddenly that year. So Bill went back to work operating equipment in the Red Earth area. He met Vernie in Calling Lake and they married in 1982. Bill welcomed Vernies family into his own and settled down to the quiet life in Highridge. In 1996, Bill suffered a series of massive strokes and has resided in the West Wing of the Barrhead hospital ever since.
      That is Bill in a nutshell but who was he and what was he like. Well he liked; in no particular order:
      Machinery ( the bigger the better)
      Family and friends
      His whiskey (he was known to have a nip or two)
      Fishing (anywhere, any place)
      Did I mention whiskey?
      Games (crib and 31)
      A good laugh
      Touring around very slowly in his truck and visiting his friends (Walter Croft comes to mind)
      Afternoon naps (though they weren't necessarily in the afternoon)
      Kids and grand kids
      His motor homes and camping (though his idea of roughing became not being able to find a level spot for the motor home)
      Horses and dogs
      Colourful language (very inventive)
      Speaking his mind (I know that for a fact)
      Gardening (small scale farming)
      Cooking (pancakes, potatoes and stuffing)
      Off colour jokes (which he traded with the Toms boys)
      He got into the country living, I will never forget how he and Vernie would rush to the window every time they heard a vehicle going by to see who it was. As a city kid I found this to be very strange.
      In 1996 he suffered the series of strokes that put him into the West Wing extended care unit of the Barrhead hospital. He quickly became the favourite of the nurses and doctors with his humour and impish grin. He brought laughter and light to the lives of his fellow residents. While he was there Bill demonstrated how tough he was as while he was suffering such adversity he maintained his sense of humour and the mischievous glint in his eye to the very end. That is what I will remember the most of Bill.
      We will all miss Bill and have lost something from our lives with his passing. We will all carry our memories in our own ways and will occasionally smile at the world when we remember him.
      On behalf of the extended Switzer family I would like to thank you all for coming here today to be wth us on this sad day and giving me the opportunity to say these words.

    Buried  6 Sep 2002  [2
    Person ID  I951  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  9 Jan 2010 

    Father  Calvin Floyd Switzer,   b. 4 Sep 1903, Colchester, Essex, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1983, Edmonton, Div. 11, AB, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaruite Kathrine MacKenzie,   b. 1 May 1904, , , ND, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1960, Edmonton, Div. 11, AB, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F182  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 1  Dora Baker,   d. 1980 
    Married  9 Jun 1951 
     1. Living
     2. William Frederick Switzer, Jr.,   b. 2 Jan 1954,   d. 24 Jun 2003
     3. Living
     4. Living
    Family ID  F3250  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 2  Living 
    Family ID  F3252  Group Sheet

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  • Photos

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    Calvin F. Switzer with 4 boys
    Calvin F. Switzer with 4 boys
    b - l to r: Gerald Floyd; Calvin Floyd and Edmund Rupert Switzer
    f - l to r: Stanley George and William Frederick Switzer
    Calvin Floyd Switzer with 2 Sons
    Calvin Floyd Switzer with 2 Sons
    l to r: Calvin Floyd, William Frederick and Stanley George Switzer
    William Frederick Switzer and some family members
    William Frederick Switzer and some family members
    Back l to r: William Frederick Switzer Sr. & Calvin Floyd Switzer
    Front l to r: William Frederick Switzer Jr. & Christina Madeline Fox

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    William Frederick Switzer

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  • Sources 
    1. [S188] Shannon Cherkowski - e-mail.

    2. [S194] Bonnie Jackson - E-mail.