William Mann

William James Mann

Friday, April 28th, 1933 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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MANN, William James (“Bill”)
July 13, 2020

Bill Mann passed peacefully on the evening of July 13, 2020 at the Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver, BC. Bill’s wife of 65 years, Naomi (nee Henderson), was by his side.

Bill was born in Winnipeg, MB on April 28, 1933 to Richard (d.1973) and Ethel (nee Redden, d.1985) Mann. Bill and Naomi were married in Winnipeg on August 31, 1955 and raised five children. Bill graduated with a commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and pursued a career in retail management with the Hudson’s Bay Company and Beaver Lumber. Bill ended his business career in West Vancouver as a financial advisor with the Investors Group.

Bill was predeceased by his son John (d.2019), who was a songwriter, actor and entertainer. Bill is survived by Naomi, their children Jeff (Linda Morrison), Jim (Pam), Barb (Luc Gauthier) and Rob (Jannicke Wiig) and daughter-in-law Jill Daum. Bill leaves behind nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bill and Naomi joined the congregation of the West Vancouver United Church on their initial move to Vancouver in 1973. They remained active with the church until their health limited them from doing so. Given the limitations currently in place for attendance at services at Bill and Naomi’s church, the celebration of Bill’s life will be delayed until such time as it is safe for people to travel and get together in his honour.

Bill’s family would like to thank the staff of Capilano Care Centre for providing palliative care to Bill during his final weeks and for their on-going care and attention to Naomi.

Should you wish to acknowledge Bill’s passing, please consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.
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Nancy Piercy

Posted at 07:54pm
I write on behalf of my parents, Bryan and Elaine Hambley, formerly of Abbotsford. My father knew Bill from University Of Manitoba days and my parents enjoyed visits to "the Mann's" in West Vancouver many times. My parents send Naomi their deepest sympathy and greetings. My father (87) lives in a facility in Abbotsford and my mother (87) lives in a facility in North Vancouver-separated due to health needs. They are thinking of Naomi and have many fond memories of Bill.
Nancy Piercy (their eldest daughter)

Jeff Mann Posted at 08:04pm

Thank you Nancy for the condolences for our dad on behalf of your parents. My parents held your parents in high regard. Wish your parents all the best and thank you for your kind words.

Catharine Alban

Posted at 03:46pm
Dear Mann Family,

My sincere condolences on the death of your Dad, Granddad & Great Granddad. Bill was a dear friend of my husband , Norm and I . We met your parents through WVUC and through the years , working on various projects and committees our friendship developed. We enjoyed Bill’s sense of fun, his commitment to various causes, his sense of “fair play” and ethics and his ability to reflect on all sides of an issue. I will miss him but thankful that Norm and I had the opportunity to know him and be a part of his circle of friends.

Catharine Alban


James William Mann

Posted at 02:40pm
I was sorry to learn of Bill's passing. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Bill around 2012/2013 as we were both involved in a research project. It was a great learning experience as we both shared stories, some of which I carry with me to this day. My best wishes to Bill's wife and family.
Jim Mann

Carole Grant

Posted at 05:46pm
We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Hopefully the memories of your husband snd father will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Our favourite memory was our trip to Idaho in the late 70’s.

Carole and Garry Grant

Lori Brienesse-Frank

Posted at 01:02pm
Our condolences to the family. We wish you all the best as you move through this time of loss.
Love, Tobin, Lori, Jacob and Ellis Frank.

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