Bill Prokop, born April 1, 1919 in Colonsay, Saskatchewan passed away in Victoria on August 13, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife and companion of 66 years, Rose Prokop, his children Diane Heavener, Linda Becker (Allan) and Ron Prokop (Dawn), 4 grandchildren, Cory Heavener (Chris), Cindy Twamley (Sean), Holly and Colin Becker and 4 great-grandchildren, Ryan and Gabrielle Smith and Lauren and Owen Twamley. He is also survived by his brothers Peter and Jim and his sister Ruth as well as many extended family members. Bill was predeceased by his son in law, David Heavener, in May 2008, sisters, Rose and Olga and brothers Fred and Nick.
Bill grew up in a very large, loving Ukrainian family and was looked up to by his family and those in the community. He married Rose in 1942 and they enjoyed a long, happy marriage. They had many wonderful and fun years raising their 3 children. He was completely devoted to his family and cherished his time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He taught us all so much about life and has left an incredible legacy and valuable life lessons that will be passed on for generations to come. Bill was a ‘prince of a man’ and touched the lives of many people.
Bill graduated from UBC and was a social worker who dedicated his life to helping children and families. He worked in child welfare for over 30 years in British Columbia and practiced in Salmon Arm, Prince Rupert and was the Supervisor of the Child Welfare Department in Quesnel for 25 years. He was a compassionate and caring practitioner who had an innate ability to understand and support children and families who were experiencing difficulties. Bill had a solid work ethic and believed that anything was possible. He retired in 1983 and was able to enjoy many fabulous retirement years with Rose and the family. In particular, he enjoyed his golfing days with his friends in Quesnel. He was a true sportsman and respected his fellow man. This included his approach to the game of golf which he excelled at on the Dragon Lake course. He never judged his fellow man and always took leadership in helping those in need, throughout his personal and professional life.
A special thanks to Dr. Kier MacMillan and the staff at Broadmead Lodge in Victoria who took such great care of Bill.
No service by request.
Bye for now Billy! We all love you! Never to be forgotten.