Bill passed away peacefully on July 9, 2020 after a short stay in the Nipawin Hospital. He was born in Glidden, SK the oldest of four boys born to Clarence Wesley and Mary Martha (Beechinor) Follensbee. Bill was raised on the family farm during the Depression and in the shadow of two World Wars. He learned to work hard at very early age and that shaped who he was for the rest of his life.
Bill worked with his Dad on the farm, shingled elevators, and worked for the RM of Newcombe before being certified as a journeyman carpenter and starting a construction career. Bill met Dorothy Jean Dalrymple in Moose Jaw, SK in the fall of 1961 and they were married in October 1962. They resided in Moose Jaw where Michael Allen (1965) and Michelle Elaine (1967) were born.
On a brutally cold winter day in December 1968 the family left the prairies and moved to the pines for what was supposed to be a two year stay while Bill, Superintendent for Graham Construction, was in Nipawin to build L.P. Miller Comprehensive School. Bill continued to work for Graham throughout the province until 1975. In 1975, he took the job as maintenance foreman for all Nipawin School Division owned buildings and worked there until retirement. Bill had a leave of absence from the School Division to be construction foreman when the Nipawin Evergreen Centre was built.
Bill is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 57 years; his son Michael (Moose Jaw) and daughter Michelle (Edmonton) as well as his children’s family. Michael’s children - Taylor Follensbee (Saskatoon), Riley Follensbee (Moose Jaw) and Cassidy Follensbee (Moose Jaw) and Cass’s partner Amanda and their children Kyran and Willow as well as Michelle’s (Sean Pass) children Jack Pass and Sophia Pass all of Edmonton. Dad is also survived by his brother Robert (Fort St John), sister-in-law Joyce Follensbee (Kindersley), sister-in-law Judy England (Moose Jaw) and brother-in-law Glenn (Donna) Dalrymple (Regina) as well as a few nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents; brothers Melvin and Donald, nephew Wes Follensbee, sister-in-law Lovaine Follensbee, Dorothy’s parents, William and Lillian Dalrymple, infant niece and nephew Duncan and Sherri Dalrymple, and brothers-in-law Grant Dalrymple and Les England.
Dad loved northern Saskatchewan and all its beauty and two years turned into 52. There were many happy memories made at the cabin at Little Bear Lake. Dad loved to travel with Mom and their camper and they saw Canada coast to coast to coast. During their retirement, Dad enjoyed their winter reprieve exploring Vancouver Island. Dad was a carpenter and craftsman. He spent many content hours working on projects in his garage, producing beautiful woodwork on his lathe, and gathering firewood for the stove at the cabin.
The family would like to extend our gratitude and thanks for the compassion and wonderful care Dad received from the staff at the Nipawin hospital. Dad worked hard his whole life and was fiercely independent with Mom at his side.