William “Willie” James Vaness


At 9:37 on the evening of Thursday, October 30, 2014, with his loving family by his side, William “Willie” James Vaness passed away at the Drayton Valley Hospital at the age of 75 years. Willie will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Tara Vaness and Amber (Cory) Picklyk; sons, Shane Vaness and Jody Vaness and his grandchildren, Autumn Picklyk, Jade Vaness, Drake McGinn, Brooklynn Vaness, Drew Picklyk, Liam Vaness, Rhyott Picklyk and Frankie Bullock. Wonderful memories of Willie will also remain with his brother Scotty Laderoute as well as many extended family and friends. Willie was predeceased by his parents Delia and James Vaness, brother Fred Vaness, honorary parents Mary and Ambrose Dumont, cousin Danny Dumont and great-nephew Shane Lake. The Vaness Family would like to extend their gratitude to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Drayton Valley Hospital and to all of Willie’s beautiful nurses, and a special “Thank You” to Candy Newman. Willie’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the MacKenzie Conference Centre, 5745-45 Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta. In honour of Willie, memorial contributions may be made directly to CT4DV in care of the Drayton Valley Hospital, 4550 Madsen Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1N8.

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