WILLIAM LLOYD (“Lloyd”) FUNNELL 1920 — 2020

WILLIAM LLOYD (“Lloyd”) FUNNELL

October 8, 1920 – June 16, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lloyd at Royal Inland Hospital while recovering from hip surgery due to a fall.  While on the home stretch to his 100th birthday, the Lord called Lloyd home on June 16, 2020.

Born in Minnedosa, Manitoba to parents, Bill & Mae Funnell, and the 2nd youngest of four boys.  He was raised on the farm, attending the district’s one room school house until Grade 8, when he began work to help support the family due to the hardship of the depression.  Lloyd enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army, Artillery Unit, in 1941 in WWII, served in England Coastal Defence, N.W. European Campaign, and the D-Day landing at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944.  After returning to Canada in 1946, he returned to the family farm.

Lloyd married Norma in 1951, and shortly after headed to BC seeking work opportunities.  They had two daughters, Lynne born in Williams Lake & Lois born in Quesnel.  The family had to return to Manitoba in 1954 to operate the general store in Onanole, MB owned by Lloyd’s father-in-law, who passed away.  His employment in construction began in 1957 in the Zinc Plant of Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting in Flin Flon, MB, 1965 to 67 at the potash plant in Esterhazy, SK, 1967 to 69 in the tar sands of Fort McMurray, AB.  While in Alberta, in his late 40s, he studied and obtained his Millwright Certificate.  In June of 1969 the family moved to Kamloops, BC where Lloyd’s work included the Mica Dam Project in Revelstoke, co-owner of a Pool company, a home building company, and various home renovations.  He was a hard worker, and was going strong into his 80s.

His passion was game hunting, & early morning coffee at A&W or MacDonalds with his buddies, but church life was priority to Lloyd.  He was one of the original members of Bible Truth Church at its beginning in the Summer of 1975.  He loved to talk about the Word of God.

A highlight for Lloyd was when he travelled to France in June of 2004 to be a part of the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.  As a Veteran he was highly honoured by the French citizens.  This was a very moving experience for him.  As of January 27th 2020 Lloyd was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour (the highest national order of France), by order of the President of the Republic of France, in recognition of his personal involvement in the liberation of France during WWII, together with an insignia he could proudly wear.

Predeceased by his parents, Bill & Mae, wife, Norma, brothers, Frank, Leonard & Lance, sisters-in-law, Margaret, Mary & Betty, & his nephew, Robert (“Bob”).  Lloyd is survived by his daughters, Lynne (Joe) & Lois, his grandsons, Nathan & Tim, his nephews & nieces, and many friends. 

Sincere appreciation to Art & Elsie Thiessen of Lilac Manor, & Shannon, for their exceptional and loving care of Lloyd since March of 2019, accepting him into the home as “family”.  The Lord Bless You!

A special thank you to Dr. Dusik and the nursing staff on 6N for their care of Lloyd & communication with our family in his final days.

Due to the current pandemic, there was a Graveside service for the family on June 22nd, 2020, and a Celebration of Life will be live-streamed on YouTube, BTC-YouTube Channel, on Saturday, June 27th at 1:00 p.m. for all who wish to join us virtually.

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4 Tributes

  1. Be Shea
    Posted June 23, 2020 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    We will miss your wit and wisdom Uncle Lloyd

  2. Arlana
    Posted June 24, 2020 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Lloyd was a phenomenal man with so much to offer, it was a wonderful time to get to know him, but just scratched the surface of who he is.
    May he be happy with Norma, enjoying each other together.
    Sincerest condolences
    Arlana and Ron VanBuren

  3. Murray Thiessen
    Posted June 27, 2020 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Murray Thiessen
    10:27 AM (1 hour ago)
    to Joe

    Hi Lynne. We are so sorry to hear of LLoyd’s passing and for your loss. We do have so many fond memories of our days in Kamloops and especially of LLoyd. I spent many days working with Lloyd and many, many hours of talking and sharing our thoughts on the Lord. Lloyd was always so passionate and had a deep faith in God. In spite of the many trials and hardships that he faced in his life he always maintained a steadfastness in his spirit that God was in control. I can easily say that I loved Lloyd both as a spiritual father and as a brother. I am saddened that he has left us, but rejoice that he is finally with the Lord that he served so faithfully. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you both grieve and celebrate his life today. He was given many years of life on this earth but that pales in comparison to the eternity that he will spend in heaven. I know that he will be greatly missed in your life as he has lived with you for many years but be comforted in the knowledge that he has exchanged his tired earthy body for an eternal one that knows no pain or sorrow.

    Love
    Murray and Sue

  4. Gary Funnell
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Hi,Lynn,sorry to hear lloyd passed away,always remember when lloyd came visit,enjoyed his company very much,may he rest in peace,and bless his soul,condolonces to you all.

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