William (Bill) Ott of North Vancouver, British Columbia, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2023. Bill was born on August 23, 1926 in a German community in Wasserau, Ukraine. Together with his brother Hans, he immigrated to Canada in 1952 to start a new life. He settled in Vancouver and shortly thereafter met his wife, Karin. Bill became a Canadian citizen in 1976. He was a long-time resident of North Vancouver and spent many years as an electrician with BC Hydro before retiring in 1995.
He is predeceased by his parents Johann and Frieda, brother Hans, brother-in-law Edmund Krüger and nephew Waldemar. Bill is survived by his loving wife Karin, sister Irene Krüger, brother-in-law Günter Friedel (Dorothea), children Linda, Peter (Dallas), Gary, Frank and grandchildren Jenna, Ryan, Leah, Cara, Stefanie, Trevor, Talia and Jayden and nieces Rita and Erika. He will be forever remembered and sadly missed.
Bill was a quiet, hard-working and selfless man. Outside of work, he was happiest at home and always kept busy with one project or another. With the help of his brother, he built and renovated the family homes. In fact, he kept up with improvement and repair projects into his early 90’s (even venturing onto the roof, much to the dismay of his family).
He enjoyed reading, gardening and working around the house and was an avid Canucks, Whitecaps and Lions fan. He closely followed local and international news and enjoyed listening to talk radio. Bill and Karin were long-time dog owners and could often be found walking throughout their neighborhood and the nearby Blueridge trails with their best friend in tow.
Bill took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He could often be found at a soccer field or hockey rink watching his kids or grandkids.
Bill was fortunate to live a long and healthy life and, other than his final few months, managed to spend his last years at home with Karin and Jada, the family’s beloved German Shepherd. The family sends sincere thanks to their long-time neighbours, as well as their home care staff and the staff of Inglewood Care Centre, for their kindness and care during the final months of his life.
A private celebration of his life will be held with immediate family.