September 12, 1959 - August 10, 2023
Bill suddenly ended his journey of life while fishing at Goose Bay in River’s Inlet, surrounded by family and friends having the opportunity to enjoy his friendship, while sharing his humour and expertise. In this unfortunate time a special commendation should go out to the stellar emergency response team directed by Kelsey McDonald, Dave, Caitlyn, and Terri Younger, Bruce, Jerri, and Stuart McDonald, friend Caroline, and Shawn and his sons as well as the RCMP.
In his heart he held fond memories of how much he was loved, appreciated, admired and enjoyed by his parents: Art and Ellen Baglot, siblings Jim (Meren), Lorri, Terri (Dave) and their families, his children: Adam, Wendy and Barbara-Ann and their families including his 8 grandchildren Desi, Emily, Jessica, Alex, Sheldon, Connor, Taralyn, and Isobella . Predeceased by his partner of 33 years, Delores Scigliano, in 2022. He will be missed by his extended family, many friends, colleagues, students and community groups whom he readily encouraged and supported.
As a child he faced physical challenges which never seemed to deter him. He projected a problem-solving attitude throughout his life for himself and others. Bill’s humour and prolific use of puns will always be reflected in our happy memories of him.
Bill completed high school early and was a lifelong learner. He was an ardent student who obtained many credentials from BCIT, VCC, Douglas College, and held numerous professional certificates.
Bill was very accomplished in his Mechanical Engineering field (received Manufacturing Engineering Award) and held additional certification in CAD and drafting, plumbing and heating, welding, Class A Gas Fitter, Refrigeration, Power Engineering, controls, construction, electronics technician, Hydronic System Design, environmental sustaining innovation and methodology. His recent work for Grundfos Canada Inc. as Senior Sales Engineer, CBS-Canada, CBS-USA/CA, inspired him as he worked with groups of engineers internationally. His most recent projects included providing solutions for clean water and sewage to Canada’s First Nation Reserves. He was invited as presenter several times (including 2 that were booked in the coming months) to conferences around the world by ASHRAE. Bill was always invigorated and inspired by learning something new.
To support students he tutored, from children to adults, he took instructional courses. He took great delight in helping others learn throughout his life as he tutored students in courses for literacy, high school completion, BCIT, apprenticeship programs, WCB clients, those working to get red seal certification, and engineering professional groups internationally.
Bill contributed to communities and was the First Nations Careers Council Chair for ASTTBC. He also served on a variety of curriculum committees for BCIT.
He made a difference! His family, colleagues and friends will continually be reminded of the influence and efforts he made to better people’s lives. As he completes his life’s journey, he can rest in peace knowing he is respected and loved by all. Bill was ours and we love him.