Wilfred (Bill) Joseph Dombowsky
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Wilfred (Bill) Joseph Dombowsky on September 8th, 2019. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday Sept 2nd and spent the remainder of his life on the medicine unit, surrounded by family, friends, and remarkable medical staff. Bill was born in Kelliher, SK on January 30, 1933. His childhood was spent in various communities in southern Saskatchewan. At 17, Bill joined the Canadian military in 1950 and as part of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) he participated in United Nations Operations in Korea. Bill continued to serve for 34 years. He travelled the world, during his time in the military and often reflected on his experiences. Of course, his greatest achievement while in the military was meeting the love of his life, Gail Kirkbride. They met while both stationed in Cornwallis and enjoyed many years together. In 1973 Bill was posted to CFB Moose Jaw and returned to Saskatchewan to begin his family with Gail where they welcomed a son, Richard, into the world. These were happy times spent with his wife, son and mother until he suddenly lost both his mother and wife in 1986. Devastated, he persisted on continuing to be a loving and understanding father. In 2002, one of Bill’s greatest sources of joy arrived in his grandson Jacob. Until his final days he had a strong relationship with “Jake” who was always a source of pride for him. Bill was also lucky later in life, to have found a true friend and partner in Mary. They were virtually inseparable and were a constant support to each other in good times and in bad. Bill also welcomed a daughter into his life through his son’s wife, Tracy. He often stated, Tracy was the daughter he never had. Bill was a man who was always surrounded by love and he truly appreciated life’s journey. He will be remembered by his son, Richard (Tracy), his grandson, Jacob, his partner and close friend Mary McCready, his siblings: Mary, Leona, Joan, Dolores, and Rudy, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Gail, his father, Martin, his mother, Mary, his brothers: Martin, August, and Louis, and his sisters, Clara and Florentine. Bill was a kind, fair, charming, witty, smooth, polite, loving, intelligent, and humble man, who never asked for anything. He showed grace until the end. A Come and Go Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Church of Our Lady (566 Vaughan St, Moose Jaw) starting at 1600 hrs (4:00 pm). In Living memory of Bill a memorial tree planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services. Please see our online book of condolences at www.parkviewfuneralchapel.ca and www.wjjonesandson.com (Obituaries). Kelly Scott, Funeral Director.