April 23, 2021
Known to many as “Bill”, William J. Thorne passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021 in Kelowna, B.C. at the age of 76. Bill had recently been diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer, and his health declined rapidly. He spent his last week at Hospice, surrounded by family while receiving top notch care and support.
Bill will be remembered as a dedicated father who always put his family first. He had a life-long love of music, particularly drum and bugle corps, which started when he joined the Toronto Optimists as a young man. Although no longer marching, Bill remained involved with music and played trombone with the Cranbrook Community Concert Band. He loved to ski, golf, and travel. He particularly enjoyed spending time in Barbados with the family and backpacking across India with Angie.
Few words better sum up William Thorne’s life better than those of Frank Sinatra: “I've lived a life that's full, I traveled each and every highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.”