William Cameron

Grizzly Bear, n.d., William Cameron, soapstone, 22.5 x 40cm, 1995.01.03. Gift of the Okanagan Mainline Regional Arts Council.

William Cameron

Born: 1924, East River, St. Mary's Nova Scotia

Nationality: Canadian

William Cameron was born in 1924 in East River, St. Marys, Nova Scotia. He grew up and went to school in the quiet rural area, rich in Scottish heritage. From there he enlisted in the navy at age 17, taking his training in Sydney, followed by a gunnery course in Halifax. He shipped out for the next three and half years serving on five different ships, the last being HMCS Nene. After leaving the navy in 1945, in British Columbia, Bill worked for the mining industry in the interior of B.C. He logged on the coast, Vancouver Island and in the Nakusp area, where his parents lived. There, in 1955 he met and married a nurse from the local hospital, Ruby Harper. With a partner, Bill started his own logging contracting company, subsequently moving his headquarters and family north to the town of Revelstoke. He continued as a logging contractor and road builder until his retirement in 1972. Although he had filled his leisure time with flying, skiing, prospecting and sculpting soapstone, Bill continues to ski in the winter trying to win the "Over the Hill Downhill Race", prospect for the mother lode and travel whenever Ruby can convince him he should. Bill and Ruby's daughter, Virginia, her husband, Lyle and their two daughters, live in nearby Vernon. They continue to live in Revelstoke on the bank of the Columbia River


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