Obituary for William Ross (Bill) Shackel
Bill passed away suddenly at home in Brandon with his loving wife Rosemary at his side on Tuesday January 23, 2018. We are saddened deeply by his passing, but he will remain forever in our hearts, thoughts and deeds. His legacy of kindness and strength will live on in all those who loved him and knew what a good man he was.
Bill leaves to mourn his loving wife of 54 years, Rosemary (nee Smith); his three children Connie Myers (Craig) of Glenboro, Don Shackel (Jacquie) of Winnipeg, and Colleen Carnevale (Tony) of Calgary; seven very special grandchildren, Stephanie Myers (Mike Pope), Spencer Myers (Erin Hetherington), Samantha Myers, Jordan Shackel (Amanda Yaworski), Linnea Shackel, Lia Carnevale and Julia Carnevale.
Bill also leaves six siblings and two in laws: Shirley Pawlowski, Bet Cairns, Jim Shackel, Carol (Allan) Drader, Arnold (Millie) Shackel, Ken(Rita) Shackel ; and Garry Smith, Larry Smith (Marlene), as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Charles (1970), Emaline (2000) and his brothers Sherman(Bud)( 1996),Edward (Ted)(2011), Murray (2016) and Gordon(2017)
Bill, born in Ninette, Mb. on June 16th, 1939 was the seventh child of Charles Leonard Shackel and Emaline Atkinson Shackel (Nay) of Killarney, Mb. Four more siblings would complete the family of eleven. Bill was raised on the Shackel family farm on Highway #23, approximately five miles north of Killarney. The Shackels farmed and raised most of their own food and had a small dairy herd of 25 cows.
Bill attended University of Manitoba for one year and then found himself at the Birtle Residential School working with the Dairy Program in the barns. He was encouraged to become a teacher and in 1961 went to “Normal School” at Brandon University. There he met Rosemary Smith, fell in love, and became a teacher.
Bill began his teaching career in Ebor, Manitoba, moved to Hartney, Manitoba, and in 1967 began teaching at Glenboro School. Bill remained in Glenboro until retirement in 1997 after 35 years of teaching.
Through summer school and night courses Bill received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Brandon University. Bill obtained a first class Principal’s Certificate in Manitoba and was Vice-Principal of Glenboro Collegiate, K – 12 with teaching assignments in the 9-10 level.
The most important part of teaching for Bill first and foremost was the students. Bill would start the day greeting the students as they came into the school off the buses and finish each day seeing them off again at the end of the day. Bill believed each student was an individual, special and unique. Bill’s loved teaching Drivers Education, quoting “You haven’t lived until you have spun around on ice with a student driver and went into the ditch!”. Bill chaperoned the Glenboro Travel Club on numerous trips including Edmonton, Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Montreal, Banff and Disneyland, California.
Bill enjoyed running into former students, catching up with their lives and families. All were considered friends.
Bill was also involved in local politics as both Councillor and Mayor of Glenboro , a total 27 years. Bill was a Trustee of the Western Manitoba Regional Library Board, Rink Board, and board of Glenboro Area Foundation with many of these posts continuing into retirement. He was active as an Ambulance Driver for the Glenboro Hospital. Bill was active in the United Commercial Travellers’ Club (UCT) reaching Provincial Offices. Bill served for over 20 years on the Tiger Mountain Youth Justice Committee. He felt it so important that youth are provided with positive support while navigating through tough circumstances.
Bill and Rosemary moved into Brandon in 2011 and continued to live an active retirement, biking, visiting, serving on the South Ridge Condo Association Board as Chairman, volunteering at the Brandon Wheat King hockey games. Bill and Rosemary loved dancing and attended dances throughout rural Manitoba regardless of weather conditions!
Throughout his busy life, Bill always found time to spend with his family. He golfed many rounds with his son, sons-in-laws and grandchildren. Bill taught each grandchild how to drive with patience and we all enjoyed his sense of humor. He taught us all to accept others, treat everyone with respect and dignity, the importance of education, community involvement and living a good life.
A Celebration of Bill’s life was held in the Glenboro Kinsmen Community Hall on Wednesday January 31st, 2018 with Pastor Harry Friesen officiating.
Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Glenboro & Area Foundation, (designated to Educational Scholarships), Box 147, Glenboro MB R0K 0X0.