It is with great sadness that the family of Bill Oram announces his passing on December 3, 2018 at the age of 76.
He is survived by the love of his life Jan, his wife and children Shane (Kelly) and Sheri (Ben). Also left to mourn his passing are his loving grandchildren, Amber, Nicholas, and Kenzie Oram, and Carter, Sophie and Izabelle Yarish. Bill also leaves behind his 6 siblings, Pat Larson, Arnie (Margaret) Oram, Arlene Ellison, Mary Laurilla (Ed), Joanne Chapman (John) and Larry (Robyn) Oram, his sister-in-law Maureen McCully (Don) and brother-in-law Gerry (Rhonda) McCully.
Born on October 8, 1942 in Kamloops, Bill was the first son for Margaret and Ron Oram. After 5 years in Kamloops, the family moved to Chase BC where Bill graduated high school and made lifelong friends. He then attended BCIT and did some travelling before settling in Kamloops where he worked for Woodwards, Ford and Saturn. Bill was known for being honest and caring with his clients and coworkers.
You could not find a more avid sportsman than Bill. One of his favorites was skiing at Tod Mountain where he was on ski patrol and later became a ski instructor. He was also an enthusiastic golfer and excelled at this sport. His family enjoyed many happy summers at the cabin at Shuswap Lake. Boating and waterskiing were two of his passions and with his help the entire family became proficient water skiers. Bill also enjoyed the outdoors including fishing, camping, and hunting. In more recent years he met many new friends playing pickleball.
He was a competitive person, and this was clear when he played in the annual crib tournament with his brothers. Bill was pretty sure that he held the overall title, however this could be disputed by his brothers.
Bill will be remembered for his chatty and charming nature, his love for his family and friends and the commitment he had towards those he cared for. He enjoyed an active social life with his lifelong friends and family and enthusiastically planned many social events. With a twinkle in his eye he greeted everyone with a warm, friendly smile. There is no better tribute to a life well spent than having his children and grandchildren say, “we want to be just like you when we grow up”.
We will miss Bill dearly and he will be thought of often.
His memory will remain in our hearts forever.
A Celebration of life for Bill will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12th in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.