Born May 18, 1919, youngest son to Otto and Aino (nee Niemi) Gustafson in Whitemouth, Manitoba.
Predeceased by his wife, Maureen (nee Richards) and his son, Gary. Survived by his son, Terrance and daughters Patricia and Jill. Grandsons Jeremy and Luke, granddaughter Katrina and great granddaughter Kelsey. Numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and their offspring.
Obert, know as Bill, served overseas in WWII for 4 years as a gunner/driver. Lance Corporal, and was wounded in Normandy invasion. He spent the last 55 years on Vancouver Island and was a well known faller working in various locations from Sooke to Kelsey Bay. In later years, he was known for his businesses, Ship and Shore Marine at Deep Bay and Maple Bay Trading Post at Maple Bay, or aboard the vessel he spent 20 years building, the MV Wandering Star II, latterly of Cowichan Bay.
For the last 10 years of his life he resided at Campers Corner R.V. Park, r.v.ing with his friends or contently working in his woodworking shop.
While the manner of his death was tragic, and his ongoing battle with dimentia frustrating, he fiercely treasured his independent living. Tough guy to the end, he remains an example to all of us. Private service. Arrangements by Telford’s Mortuary.