EMMERZAEL, Bill (A. William)

Bill Emmerzael was called to his heavenly home on November 26, 2020.  He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, and left the world the same way he lived it: surrounded by love and respect.  Our hearts are heavy with his absence.  He meant the world to so many as became apparent in the final weeks of his life.

Bill was born January 16, 1950 in Barrhead, AB.  He spent his childhood in Neerlandia, Barrhead, Hinton and Mellowdale.  He was married to Liz (Yuill) for 48 years, and together they had 3 children Melissa (Greg), Heather (former husband Chris), and Graeme (Chelsea).  Together they loved spending time with their 7 grandchildren Evan, Damian, Logan, Lexi, Averie, Rowan and Maeve.  Bill also leaves his siblings Fred (Marilyn), Barb (Arnie) and Marlene (Andre) and sister-in-law Hetty, numerous nieces and nephews, family members and friends to mourn his loss.  He was predeceased by his parents Pete and Eve Emmerzael and most recently his brother Bob Emmerzael in October of 2020.

Bill was fortunate to find a career he loved and spent almost 40 years with the same company AltaGas Utilities.  He had an excellent work ethic and got his Bachelor of Administration while in Senior Management and raising a family.  He had numerous courses and distinctions and was very well respected at his place of work.

Bill was very community minded and also spent many years in different volunteer positions, such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Manor Board.

Bill’s true enjoyment came with cycling and being with his family and friends.  He loved the acreage out at Shuswap Lake, and every summer enjoyed spending time camping with his family.  Many hours were enjoyed on his bike, on the boat, at the beach and sitting around the campfire.

Through all of his accolades and accomplishments, Bill’s #1 priority was always his family.  He and Liz were able to travel the world together, going throughout Canada and the US, Europe, Mexico and China.

There is never enough time, but we are so thankful for the time we had together – especially in the last few months of his journey with cancer.  His true character came shining through during the hardest time in his life, and we will draw on the strength he demonstrated in the years to come.  Bill’s faith in the Lord was strong, and we take comfort in knowing we will see him again.

We will have an online service on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.  To find the link for the service, please go to Serenity.ca and the link will be posted on his obituary close to the day of the service.  An in-person Celebration of Life is pending due to Covid-19.  Donations to the Cross Cancer Institute will be graciously accepted in Bill’s name.  Phone  780-643-4400 or email albertacancer.ca and specify Cross Cancer Institute as the recipient.

 

There is an online video funeral service for Bill Emmerzael for viewing anytime YouTube.
You can find the funeral stream by searching for Graeme Emmerzael’s channel on YouTube, and click on the video ‘Bill Emmerzael Funeral Presentation.’
A direct link is available for the channel at tinyurl.com/EmmerzaelFuneral
and a direct link for the video itself can be found at

Serenity Funeral Service Leduc 780-980-3688

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Don and Carol Dobson

We were saddened to hear of the loss to your family by the passing of Mr. Emmerzael . Please accept our deepest and heartfelt Condolences to the Emmerzael family from the Dobson family.

Yvonne Rak

Aunty Liz & family
My thoughts and love are with you. I remember and so appreciate you & Uncle Bill opening up your home to my young family when we moved to Fort St. John. I also remember your endless love and support to my Mom & Dad. Mom always says you and Uncle Bill were ‘her rock’ when Dad has his stroke. We will miss Uncle Bill very much but will keep our many memories in our hearts and minds. You are family and we love.
Yvonne xoxo

Warren Moseson

It only seems like yesterday when Bill and Liz and Janet and I were young couples at Ebenezer Baptist. We had a lot of fun together. Liz was a pistol and Bill was the calming effect. Sorry to hear of your loss, Liz

Ryan Carrobourg

The wisdom Bill had in guiding the discussions we had at our SMS board meetings was truly amazing. He was always good source of light hearted joking to keep the discussion moving along and make it memorable. I am still inspired by his light hearted spirit and good nature.

Karen Raitz

Dear Emmerzael Family,

Dan and I send our sincere condolences upon the loss of Bill. He was a devoted husband, loving father, involved community member, and a dedicated employee. I enjoyed working will Bill at Centra Gas and AltaGas Utilities( now Apex Utilities Inc.) and saw him very much as a mentor. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of working with him. Our prayers for grace and peace at this difficult time are with the entire family.

John and Elli (Daase) Gertz

Our sincere sympathy to you Liz and all of your family. Bill was a classmate many years ago here in Barrhead. He will be missed by many. Hugs to you and yours.

Dave and Linda Zeggil

We are really going to miss Bill – we are lucky to have been next door neighbours to Bill and Liz since 2007. They both made us feel welcome when we moved in and Bill was always ready to lend a hand or share a story and he knew everyone in Leduc it seemed. Sending our condolences to his wonderful family who rallied around him in his final days at home.

Merv Prediger

I met Bill through the Bladder Cancer Support Group. Bill impressed me with his positive and friendly attitude and I am sure he will be missed by many. R.I.P Bill!

DAVID SELNESS

Bill was such a good friend as Patty and I began our church ministry in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. It was great to know both Bill and Liz over the years since then. When hearts connect like our two families did, you never forget, and can only look forward to seeing Bill again in his new home with Jesus.

Lynne Ansbro

We feel so fortunate to have reconnected over the past few years and have been able to see what a strong man Bill had become. Liz and family, you have been richly blessed to have had Bill in your lives. He will be there forever.
Lynne Ansbro and Larry Rupert

Faye & John Bright

Words are difficult to find knowing of the loss you are experiencing. His loss extends well away from the immediate family to the many friends that Bill and Liz developed over the years. We are saddened but feel we will meet again. Our thoughts are with the family and they should know that their loss is great as was Bill.
Lovingly
Faye and John

Dale Moll

Bill was to me a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. I miss him already and can only imagine how the family is missing him at this time.

Judy Archie

Sincere condolences to Bill’s family in this very difficult time. Bill was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to so many. He will be missed. He made an impact on everyone he met. Prayers for all of you.

Wendy and Ron

I enjoyed working with Bill at AltaGas – he always seemed to have a smile on his face! – Ron
Through a shared passion of cycling, Bill and I were on the same community advisory committee. He was always a kind gentleman. – Wendy

Edith Yuill

Words cannot adequately express the loss we all feel with Bill’s passing. My sincerest sympathy to you Liz in losing your best friend and husband. Sincere condolences to Melissa, Heather and Graeme and families. Everyone teaming together to help him transition to the other side while at home and surrounded by love is a wonderful gift to him as well as all of you felt his enduring love. Love to you all.

Donna Strydhorst

Many prayers are being said for all of you. May you be comforted and strengthened by all the love you receive from you friends!!!
Donna Strydhorst

Carrie Regamey

I am so very sorry to hear this news. I can’t be easy especially during these times. My heart aches for you and sending me condolences to yours.

Delores and Dean Litke

We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family. We are thinking of you.

Vince Miazga

To Liz and family, our deepest condolences for your loss. May wonderful memories sustain and bring comfort during this time of grief. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Vince and Gail

John & Rolly

Dear Liz and family
We are so saddened for the loss of your loving Bill. He was one of a kind and has left a special mark in the lives of everyone who knew him. To both John and I, he was more than a friend and more like a brother. Please know that we share your pain and he will remain in our hearts forever. Love to you all.

Ken & Donna Mast

So Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing –he will be missed! Sending our deepest sympathy to you Liz and your family. Thinking of you in time of sorrow.
Hugs and prayers!
Donna & Ken Mast

Karen Persson

KENT & KAREN SEND THEIR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO BILL’S FAMILY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. BILL WAS A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, FATHER & GRANDFATHER AND BROTHER. HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED. LOVE & BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL.

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