William Edward “Bill” Buxton

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    We regret to advise of the death of William Edward “Bill” Buxton on 18 December 2003 at Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg, MB where he had been residing since March 2000.

    Bill was born in Victoria, BC and grew up at Fort Rodd Hill in Esquimalt. He had seven brothers and six sisters.  All of the boys served in the Second World War. Two brothers served in the Artillery and one in the Air Force. Bill and four others all served in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  Bill saw action in Sicily and Italy. In his youth, he was a well-known featherweight boxer and his fast hands and power earned him the nickname 'Dynamite' Bill.

    After the war, Bill, his English wife and son William* returned to British Columbia where Bill joined the Royal Canadian Engineers.  He served across the country including working on the initial construction of Camp Gagetown in the 1950s. He retired in 1965, settling in Winnipeg.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society, Arrangements by the Garry Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation Centre. {dcApr2018gd} [zpp, zsd]


    *Bill's son, William David Buxton, also served in the RCE.  He died in 2011. One of Bill’s brothers was CWO Dick Buxton, DCM, CD who served as Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor (QMSI) at the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering in Chilliwack, BC during the early 60s.  Buxton Drop Zone in Edmonton, AB is named for Dick Buxton who was killed in a parachuting accident while serving as RSM of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.