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Bill passed away peacefully in Sidney, BC after a short illness.
He was born in Ford City (Windsor, Ontario) to Thomas and Ethel Viveash. He graduated from Assumption College (Windsor) and earned a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario after which he served overseas in the Canadian Army in the Second World War. After the war, he returned to Windsor and began his distinguished career at the Windsor Star, the city’s daily newspaper. From 1946 – 1984, he served the Windsor Star in various positions ultimately becoming Advertising Director and subsequently Director of Community and Public Relations. In 1985, Bill and his wife, Shirley Viveash (nee Peart), moved to Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island.
Bill was very active in the communities in which he lived. In Windsor, he was a member of the Rotary Club, President of the University of Windsor Alumni Association, President of the Toastmasters Club, Warden and board member of All Saints Chuch, Director and member of the boards of the Victorian Order of Nurses, the YM-YWCA, Windsor Symphony and the United Way. In Sidney, Bill was an active member of St. Andrews Anglican Church.
Throughout his life, he liked to keep active – in his younger years, boating and skiing and, in recent years, strolling the Pacific waterfront across from his home.
Bill is survived by his wife Shirley Viveash, and their “ blended family” – children David Viveash (Ros), Christine Flynn, Liz Hart (Randy) and Bob Butt (Annie), Patsy Tyson, Wendy Butt, Bill Butt (Susan) and grandchildren Chris Viveash, Alex Viveash, Michael Flynn, Emma McFarlane, Chantal Hart, Tara Hart, Brandon Hart, Ainsley Butt, Cayley Butt, Briane Tyson, Terry Butt and Alex Butt. He is survived by his first wife, Betty Viveash (nee Jupp) of Kelowna, BC and his sister, Margaret Thorburn of Waterloo, Ontario. His brother Larry passed away in 2012.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at 1pm at St. Andrews Church in Sidney, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrews Church would be greatly appreciated