RUTLEDGE, William (Bill) John


Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 17 after living with ALS for the last ten years.  Bill was born in Calgary and grew up there until the family moved to Montreal when he was ten.  He was a proud RMC alumnus (Engineering Physics) before receiving a Master’s degree at the University of Alberta (Electrical Engineering).  He spent his career in Edmonton, eventually becoming the Director of Clinical Engineering for Edmonton’s hospitals.

Bill led a busy life with his wife Joan and their four children, Steven (Jen), David (Ozlem), Beth (Keith), and John (Brittany).  Bill had many loves and interests including playing and coaching soccer, hiking, skiing, and taking family road trips.  He also enjoyed the arts including the Folk Festival, opera, symphony, and live theatre.  Throughout his life, Bill was brilliant and loved to be a mentor, teacher and source of support for numerous family members and friends.

Bill developed ALS in 2010 but found meaning in his life every day.  He developed deep friendships with his caregivers, some of whom were part of his family for years.

Bill’s parents Emma and Stanley, brothers Bob (Kitty) and Jim (Pam) as well as Judy Watling and Les Watling (Allison) also mourn his passing.

A private graveside ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 24.  A recorded version of the funeral can be viewed at:  There will be a Celebration of Life for his friends and family when it is safe to do so.  Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to the ALS Society or to a charity of one’s choice.

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