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William Barry Izzard
March 21, 1942 ~ November 16, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Izzard. Our dad and poppa passed away peacefully after a short illness on November 16, 2023 with his loving family by his side.
Bill was born on March 21, 1942 in Trail, BC to William and Viola Izzard, the fourth of five children. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Griswold and eventually relocated near Alexander. Dad worked with his brother Frank for several years, farming and on the dragline. Bill met Darlene Crampain and they eventually married in 1962. While living in Souris, Bill and Darlene celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Terri. Shortly after, while living in Brandon, another daughter, Sandy joined the family.
While living in Brandon, dad was approached and was offered a job with UGG in Goodlands. This led to dad’s career in the grain industry which he loved and excelled in. In these early years of married life and young children, Bill and Darlene lived in numerous communities in Manitoba due to dad’s career within the grain industry.
While living near Pilot Mound, another daughter, Leanne joined the family in 1970. In 1971 the family moved to Minitonas, MB where they settled for the next 14 years. In 1972, a boy, Darrell, completed the family.
Dad worked for various companies including UGG, Manitoba Pool and Cargill. Dad said that he loved his job at Cargill and enjoyed many happy years working in Swan River and Durban. In 1985, the family moved to Durban, where he resided until his death.
Dad loved the outdoors; he was happiest when outside enjoying nature. Dad loved to go camping and hiking at Wellman Lake. Dad also loved Christmas and would decorate his tractor and hayrack with lights and take the family out for our annual tour of Christmas caroling in Durban. Dad also loved to cut down his own Christmas tree every year, usually a Charlie Brown tree. Dad also enjoyed playing broomball, curling, fast ball and was a coach for numerous hockey and baseball teams. Dad also enjoyed being a member of the Durban Hall Board for many years and also assisting at the Durban curling rink.
Dad loved sports and loved his Winnipeg Jets and was thrilled when the city finally got the team back. He also loved his Winnipeg Blue Bombers and attended every Banjo Bowl game.
Seven grandchildren were born over the years; which poppa endearingly called them his rugrats. He loved his role of poppa and would often have a grandchild trailing behind him. He would attend all of their sporting events and dance recitals. He also loved to build birdhouses for his grandkids. He was a big presence in their lives and they will miss him tremendously. He was also a loving poppa to his six great grandchildren and they loved spending time with their poppa.
When mom got sick and was living in the personal care home in Benito, dad would faithfully visit her daily and sit by her side for hours. He truly missed her in his life and the family takes comfort in the fact that they are together again. He was predeceased by Darlene, his loving wife of 59 years in 2021.
He is survived by children Terri, Sandy (Wayne), Leanne (Brent) and Darrell (Kyla). Honorary Pallbearers are his seven grandchildren, Ashley (Devin), Deanna (Drew), Whitney, Steven (Tristyn), Zack (Lisa), Dillon (Kristen) and Breanne. Also survived by his six great grandchildren, Nixon, Sawyer, Kia, Liv, Brooks and Jake and his youngest sister Helen (Ron) Enns.