It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Edward Albright on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances.
He passed peacefully with the love of his life by his side.
Bill was born on Sept. 18, 1950 to Dana and Doreen (Neddo) Albright in Winnipeg, Man.
He spent all of his life in Fort Frances, working at the local paper mill until retirement. In his younger years, he loved taking the CN train to Rainy River to spend time with family and friends, especially his Grandpa and Gramma Neddo, enjoying outdoor activities and trips to the Sand Hills.
On Nov. 8, 1969, he married his true love, Diane King, and they spent 49 amazing years together. Shortly thereafter, they started their family and welcomed two boys, Jay and Bob.
Bill was so proud of his boys and their accomplishments. He loved teaching them, was their biggest fan and supporter in so many things like hockey and racing, and truly treasured his time spent hunting and fishing with them.
He delighted in being a grandfather to his three grandsons, and the time he spent with them were some of his most cherished moments.
Bill had such a passion for life; his earlier years were spent tuning on his classic cars and stock car racing and he later mastered woodworking, carpentry, and home renos . . . he simply was a jack of all trades.
Upon his retirement, he loved travelling south with Diane to warmer climates for much-deserved rest and relaxation, and to spend time with their close friends and family.
Bill was not only a wonderful husband and father, he was an exceptional and extremely loyal friend. He would do anything for anyone without question or complaints, and always with a smile on his face. You always could count on him to offer a helping hand.
There was nothing he couldn't fix or figure out. He was extremely talented and there was no task too big. He gave generously and never expected anything in return; his character truly resembled his selfless nature, humble spirit, and giving heart.
Bill is survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Jay (Kristi) and Bob (Paula); grandsons, Jacob, Ben, and Wyatt; sister, Beverly Johnson; brothers-in-law, Dale King (Gail), Terry King (Lori), and Don Johnson (Jody); sisters-in-law, Janice Mundle (Cliff) and Tammy Fulford (Harold); and his many nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his parents, Doreen (Neddo) and Dana Albright; and brothers-in-law, Dennis and Richard King.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion (upstairs) in Fort Frances.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to Tamarack House, 984 Oliver Rd. Medical Centre, Suite 501, Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 7C7.