ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bill McLellan. We will remember him forever. Bill and Eileen's house has always been a gathering place for people.  In each house wherever they lived, the guestbook was out and ready to sign. It was something very special to them and showed how much they loved visits from family and friends. Since we are far away during this time we are hoping you would help us create an online "guestbook". Please sign and share your favourite memories and photos of Dad/ Grandpa/ Dido

Created with love, 
from your kids, grandkids and great grandkids

Posted by Samuel Tekley on April 25, 2021
Uncle Bill's humor and love is what I remember the most. From the time I met him as a new comer to Canada, he always made feel important as did the rest of the family. When he told me about Ethiopia, I was amazed at how much he knew. In his conversation he was engaging, in his love he was genuine and in his humor he was authentic. He will be missed. Praying for aunty Eileen and the family. Lots of love
Posted by Raquel Prati on April 24, 2021
Sweet memories... We are so glad you were able to share one of the most important days of our lives with our family. Having you go all the way to Brazil for our wedding was an honor. Geri and Ken are family to us and so are you. Bill’s smile and his wise words to Steven will always be remembered: “secret to a happy marriage is always having the last word: ‘yes dear!’ We pray for him and for you :). Feel our hug, “saudades” and love!
Posted by Eldon Friesen on April 23, 2021
Memories of Bill,
Bill Mclellan taught me to tenderly care for the roses in the garden and he was a man!
Bill taught me how to make the best coffee but he was a man.
Bill taught me to appreciate classical music but he was a man.
Bill made the best stuffed pork loin roast!
Bill taught me that being out in nature is a freedom we in Canada sometimes take for granted.
Bill and I shared our love for the CFL even though we often cheered for different teams. So treasured the many games we watched which included the Seahawks.
Bill was a great example in how he lovingly cared for Eileen. His “whatever you want dear” rings clearly in my mind! 
Bill showed me how to worship his/The Lord and Saviour.

We are so thankful for the wonderful memories created in Victoria and then more often in Chilliwack, for accepting and sharing their experiences with Sheila and myself.
As much as we can this will continue with Eileen, but Bill will be missed deeply.

Although the memories live on in our hearts, we miss you deeply.

Love
Eldon & Sheila Friesen
Posted by Kathy Shannon on April 21, 2021
Michael and I met Bill & Eileen approximately 8-10 years, and pretty much from our first encounter we (as Bill would say) "just clicked, and were his kind of peeps." He always made us laugh when he'd say that. We will miss the mutual brunches, actually any meal, coffee & pie, and the infamous Eileen's gourmet breakfasts. Sitting on their back patio just relaxing and thoroughly enjoying their company was something we always looked forward to, so much so, that we didn't wait for the invitations. Popping by was Bill's way of a good visit. Michael and Bill often laughed about the time they made a trip together to Costco and Bill bought a BBQ chicken. He invited us for dinner that night, and when Michael said we couldn't come, Bill proceeded to waft the chicken aroma towards Michael all the way home and kept saying, "Boy that chicken sure smells good, eh, Michael?" The next day, Bill said, yes, and it tasted good too! We loved Bill's easy going manner and the way we could talk about scripture with him. He was a great teacher and guide. We cherish our memories of Bill, so so many in such a short time. We celebrate his 'Graduation' day, and look forward to many times of sharing with Eileen. Blessings on the family, Scot & Kathy, and Holly, and Eileen as they cherish their family time together now. This is not Goodbye, Bill, we will see you again! Love Michael and Kathy
Posted by Dary Skinner on April 21, 2021
Uncle Bill, I thank the Lord for every memory of you! I was blessed to know him from my earliest days because of the Warren - Balisky family connections. Uncle Bill and Aunt Eileen have always been very dear to me. I benefited and my life is blessed by their examples of a solid faith in God, unconditional love, generosity and gracious hospitality. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Eileen, his family and the many friends who knew, loved and now grieve his passing. May the Lord bring comfort.
Posted by Justine Foxall on April 21, 2021
Memories to treasure always include both Eileen and Bill...from visiting them in Victoria on my honeymoon with David, when we first met Scot and Kathy...to a fine dinner around an expanded table in their Chilliwack home with a bunch of David's cousins--the occasion was Kevin and Jane's visit to Canada (in about 2012?). Eileen and Bill you always make/made hospitality look so easy, beautiful and elegant because of your welcoming hearts. We also had some special shared birthdays for Eileen and David in South Africa. Lots of laughter as we piled into a small car for coffee in Beersheba. Bill's very particular love of coffee and his zest for life was a joy to behold.  Eileen, may the good and beautiful memories you treasure bring you much comfort. May God shelter you tenderly under her wings. With a tight hug and prayers, Justine
Posted by Dennis Landis on April 20, 2021
I was really lucky to grow up with 9 really cool uncles.  My uncle Bill is my most memorable uncle. Who has a red two door sports car (as his main family car) in the 1970's?  Who was the person who took me in a car over 100 MPH? And could put a squeeze on your knee with the strongest hand I had ever felt - and drive the car while squeezing your knee?  Had the fanciest guns and a hunting story from most continents?  Who taught me to like "burnt toast" and was an incredible cook?

And was the most loving husband, kind father and genrous to all of his extended family.  The same man who came to visit us in Honduras or Mexico or where ever his family lived.  Uncle Bill, you are this most memorable man and I thank you for these amazing memories!!  Love from Dennis and Debbie
Posted by Geri Paul on April 20, 2021
I've known Uncle Bill my whole life. He has been an important part of my family. Growing up and into my adult years I considered him one of the pillars of our extended family...strong and steady. I feel he still holds his own significant place in the family structure. The memories of his care and kindness remain strong, a continual, ongoing influence in my life.
Thank you, Uncle Bill!
Posted by Lovella Schellenberg on April 19, 2021
My very favourite memory goes back close to 40 years ago. Scot and Kathy invited us to go with them for a weekend to stay at his parents. We had met them numerous times at Scot and Kathy’s house here in Abbotsford so we looked forward to visiting their home. You really find out who people are when you are welcomed into their home with a toddler.
The door was opened wide and we were treated as special guests. It was amazing!
My favourite meal on that weekend was chicken livers at breakfast. My goodness! It was gourmet all the way for their guests. In the morning before we all went to church Bill got the beef roast started. I was so impressed with the way this couple worked in the kitchen together and made it all so beautiful and delicious for us.
I’ll forever be thankful for the gift of hospitality that was lavished on us!
Our deepest sympathy to you Eileen as you mourn the loss of your dear Bill. Thank you Scot and Kathy for sharing your parents with us.
Love, Lovella and Terry
Posted by Esmeralda Kiefer on April 19, 2021
Many many years ago, Geraldine Paul, my beloved friend and sister from the heart, introduced me and my husband Gilson to Bill and Eileen!!!
What a wonderful connection!!!
Through the years we had built sooo many happy memories travelling and laughing together!!!!
Victoria, Las Vegas, Summas, Palm Springs, Vancouver...
And Brazil during two weeks !!!!
Thank you, Bill !!!! You live in my heart!!!!
With love and saudades!!!
Posted by Judah L on April 18, 2021
So glad I got to see you both on my trip down Aunty Eileen...as I told Uncle Bill I vividly remember visiting you and seeing all the antlers and trophies. I thought Uncle Bill must have been so brave to get all those wild animals. And I still do. Holding you in my heart and prayers Aunty Eileen...looking forward to swapping stories with Uncle Bill on the other side.
Posted by Lila Balisky on April 17, 2021
Bill was a great man! When Paul first brought me up to Canada, you both were so courteous to us there in Cranbrook in 1962. And for the past almost 60 years, you have always taken us into your home where we felt so WELCOME! Bill was always such a gentleman - and full of fun at the same time. He provided Paul with lots of good clothing over the years, always fun to be with, helped with the hundreds of meals you've served us, sent us away in our car with beautiful bunches of roses, etc. I loved to watch him in the garden, exulting in the glory of God's creation. Paul adds that he still lives in quality clothes and shoes bequeathed to him by Bill through the years. He kept up daily with world news. Bill had an unwavering commitment to Christ and was a treasured brother-in-law. And you took in our son Allen during his university days. That meant so much to our whole family.
Posted by Janet Norman on April 17, 2021
I have so many fond memories of Uncle Bill. He was always smiling, and gave the best hugs. Him and Aunt Eileen always welcomed our family into their house. I loved his cooking and also the beautiful set table. I will miss him. I pray The Lord will comfort his family, especially Aunt Eileen.
Posted by Noelle Gray on April 17, 2021
Grandpa I will always remember your smile laugh and whistle. I'll never forget all those turkey necks I would find hidden in the kitchen...and you eating them in secret..Your love for Jesus...watching WWF when I was little with you...the Gun room! and all the fun times we would have at your place throughout the years. Caleb said I loved how Dido would always see my toy airplane and remember to pray for me. His best memory was from Easter time spent with you and Gigi. Katelyn remembers your special sausages you would make and share with her....she will miss all those good breakfasts and hopes you are going to save her some in heaven.
Love Noelle
Posted by Sharilyn Margulis on April 17, 2021
Every memory of Uncle Bill and Auntie Eileen is a fond one. You always welcomed us into your home and we loved visiting you at "the White House" in Victoria and later in Chilliwack. There were so many interesting things to discover in your home! You will be missed.
Posted by Karen Wolfer on April 17, 2021
Such special memories of time spent with Bill and Eileen~ always so much fun! Bill was always eager to do or try anything and always up for adventure! He was honest and he loved the Lord and family and always so very kind and hospitable! Just wish we could have visited one more time. A special memory of Bill was always in the kitchen~ and he taught us to pepper our eggs~ and I do mean pepper~hha! So thankful that there is no more suffering and he is tending the gardens in Heaven now
Posted by Adrienne Fletcher on April 16, 2021
Oh dido! So many fun memories I have,,, lots from when we were kids seing you and gramma at the ferry to pick us up to take us to your house for the weekend. I loved that big white house. Picking our favorite bedrooms to have for our visits. You and me would wake early and I remember you sitting at the table with the paper n a tiny coffee. Then off for a very fast walk lol. Maybe its because of you that I walk so fast too ,,,us kids had to keep up with you. So glad I got to see you on your 94 th birthday! Its brandos favorite number. We will miss you! Love ade

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Posted by Samuel Tekley on April 25, 2021
Uncle Bill's humor and love is what I remember the most. From the time I met him as a new comer to Canada, he always made feel important as did the rest of the family. When he told me about Ethiopia, I was amazed at how much he knew. In his conversation he was engaging, in his love he was genuine and in his humor he was authentic. He will be missed. Praying for aunty Eileen and the family. Lots of love
Posted by Raquel Prati on April 24, 2021
Sweet memories... We are so glad you were able to share one of the most important days of our lives with our family. Having you go all the way to Brazil for our wedding was an honor. Geri and Ken are family to us and so are you. Bill’s smile and his wise words to Steven will always be remembered: “secret to a happy marriage is always having the last word: ‘yes dear!’ We pray for him and for you :). Feel our hug, “saudades” and love!
Posted by Eldon Friesen on April 23, 2021
Memories of Bill,
Bill Mclellan taught me to tenderly care for the roses in the garden and he was a man!
Bill taught me how to make the best coffee but he was a man.
Bill taught me to appreciate classical music but he was a man.
Bill made the best stuffed pork loin roast!
Bill taught me that being out in nature is a freedom we in Canada sometimes take for granted.
Bill and I shared our love for the CFL even though we often cheered for different teams. So treasured the many games we watched which included the Seahawks.
Bill was a great example in how he lovingly cared for Eileen. His “whatever you want dear” rings clearly in my mind! 
Bill showed me how to worship his/The Lord and Saviour.

We are so thankful for the wonderful memories created in Victoria and then more often in Chilliwack, for accepting and sharing their experiences with Sheila and myself.
As much as we can this will continue with Eileen, but Bill will be missed deeply.

Although the memories live on in our hearts, we miss you deeply.

Love
Eldon & Sheila Friesen
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My fun-loving brother

Shared by Bob Kitchener on April 21, 2021
Although Bill and I were 12 years apart in age, we shared the same warped sense of humour.  This photo, of Bill, myself, our sister Gladys and our Mother Tony, illustrates our close family ties.  We didn't live near each other, but were close in other ways and saw each other as often as possible.  My wife and I will miss him dearly.
Shared by Beverly and Harvey Klasse... on April 20, 2021
Our memories of Bill start in Victoria  with a trip with Scott and Kathy over New Years. We were invited to stay at Bill and Eileen's and were treated royally. Dinner and breakfast were amazing and served with flare. I remember watching Bill and Eileen put up their unique Christmas tree. Later I was privileged to have lunch at their home with the Mennonite girls  and once as a special guest at a luncheon honouring their daughter in law Kathy. Bill was a big part of each occasion, and was at Eileen's side, helping with the meal and being an attentive host. I remember Bill as a kind and loving man, a real gentleman.
Our condolences you, Eileen, Scot, Kathy and the whole family.
Harv and Bev Klassen

Dido tribute. By great grandson Dane.

Shared by Carissa Dueck on April 18, 2021
Dido loved god. He always prayed for us and he loved us so much. When we went over he would often tell us great hunting stories. I remember that he would always be waiting for us to come and visit. He was a great great grandpa. I will always miss him.