William Lyle Little

In Memorial

June 22, 1920 – January 19, 2013

Our dear Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 92. Remembered lovingly by his beloved wife of 67 years “Jeanie”, his sister Patsy, children and spouses Monty (Cheryl), Sunny (Lynn), Joe (Sandy), 9 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Karl and Helen Little and his brother Tom and sister Gerry. Bill was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah in a loving home where a down and out guy traveling the rails or a military man on leave could always find a hot meal. His first job, as a teenager, was delivering telegrams for Union Pacific for a whopping $10 a week. While attending the University of Utah in 1939 he met Inez Jean Preece, a beautiful shapely brunette who caught his eye. They were sitting next to each other in Speech Class when Bill, with a full head of dark wavy hair, made the first move. Jean had just finished delivering a stirring speech to the class when Bill, always the smooth operator, said to her “that was very good Miss Preece but donʼt you think it was a little over done.” Weʼre very lucky mom gave him a second chance. Jean, a very gifted piano player, would often play songs from the Hit Parade on the Grand Piano in the Student Union building. One day while playing “It Had To Be You” she looked up to see that stuck-up Bill Little leaning on the other end of the piano winking at her. Well as they say, the rest is history. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1941 and was stationed in Pearl Harbor during the Second World War. Although they were separated by an ocean he would often send her Red Roses, which was immortalized in a song written by Jean called “Thereʼs Always Red Roses”. After Pearl he was sent to New York City to attend Officer Training School but instead of re-enlisting he opted to marry Jeanie in New York on November 3, 1945. Then in January of 1947 their first son Monty arrived, followed by Sherry (Sunny) in 1949 and Joe in 1956 while living in Utah. Bill graduated from Columbia University in New York and pursued a life in publishing and public relations. He worked for CORONET as well as TIME & LIFE Magazine and later was the editor of the Utah Fish and Game Magazine. In 1964 he was asked to help launch a new company in Vancouver, British Columbia. He fell in love at once with this beautiful province and when asked to stay on as their Vice President of Public Relations, he eagerly moved his family from Bountiful, Utah to West Vancouver. Bill went on to be in charge of public relations at Capilano College a position which he held until his retirement. He was a wonderful dancer and co-producer with Jeanie of award winning Road Shows, an avid fly fisherman, photographer, artist, poet, writer and humanist. Dad and Mom loved to travel seeing the sights and culture of Europe, Mexico and Hawaii. Bill truly loved people and everyone who met him remembered him fondly.
A celebration of his life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday, February 2 at 10 am – 11750 207th Street, Maple Ridge. The family would like to thank Dadʼs wonderful Care Givers and in lieu of flowers, ask that donations be made to the Ridge Meadows Hospital or McKenney Creek Hospice.

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  1. Barbara worthington

    Dear Bill,
    I love you so much. You have been like a brother to me. You have always been so jolly and fun to be around. You always know how to make people feel better. You are so talented, too. I’m grateful I have some of your art work in my home. I’ll always remember you.
    With love, Your sister-in-law Barbara

  2. To Wonderful Bill,

    You were truly one of a kind! You were like a dad to us! Always joking around, kidding us but yet reassuring us with kind words, as well. We admire all you did in this life and know that the next life holds the promise of some much more! We cherish the painting you did and it holds the place of honour in our house! Everyone who sees it comments on it and we tell them about the incredible man of so much talent who we were fortunate enough to have been apart of his life. We love you, Bill! Avoir, until we meet again! Our love, Mark and Barb Stevens

  3. Patrick Meynders

    What a great lose. When ever I was in maple ridge I could count on kind words coming from you. I have fond memories of being in your home with Jean and I always felt welcome. My heart goes out to the Little family and their lose of this great man. If there is any thing I can do. Please let me know
    With kind thoughts and memories of Bill
    Patrick Meynders

  4. What can I say about my Grandpa Bill. He is such a great inspiration and model for life. If you needed a good laugh, you talked to Grandpa Bill. If you needed some life advice, you talk to Grandpa Bill. He truly is a role model in my life as well as every life he touched in his epic 92 years on earth. I love him and know that he will be with me as I strive to become a great man like him. Have fun dancing up there Grandpa and remember to paint us a beautiful sunset.

  5. Bill – he was a sweet gentle well mannered man. I had the pleasure of serving him and his wife for years at Dino’s Restaurant and Zellers Restaurant.. they both were a great face to see smiling with kind words..I was very sadden by this news and he will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Condolences and best wishes to the Little family for their lose

  6. Bill Little was the greatest friend and my condolence to sister little and her family and grandchildren

    on behalf of your lose to a great friend of mine one thing i remember about him was his smile and always being such a great friend to me at the lds church

    Love you always as a friend david hughes darlene and wayne and debbie carter

  7. Dear Jean,
    I was so sorry to read about your loss. I only met Bill on a couple of occasions, but it was clear you had a wonderful connection. You were indeed fortunate to have him with you for sixty-seven years.All our best thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this time.
    Dallas Maddocks

  8. Dr Michelle Little

    I am so glad that you got to spend some time at Hospice. I will miss my special patient with the special name. Your family will miss you very much.

  9. David & Ronnalea Stacey

    “Ok guys, take it from the top!” We shall always remember that line from our youth in the great Road shows with Dad and Mom Little. As we have been reminiscing about Dad Little, we have to admit he was a heck of a character. Full of life, so very talented and full of LOVE for everyone!
    We shall miss you so very much our friend. Until we meet again on that wonderful day in Heaven, keep on directing Heaven’s plays our dear Dad.
    We love you forever, David and Ronnalea

  10. Don &Sylvia Timmins

    Dear Jeanie and family
    Thank you for lovely memories of times we met you and Bill.
    He was such a fine man and so observant and kind to so many people.
    His devotion to you was constant.
    His interest in everything on this earth was a lesson for all of us who knew him.
    Our deep sympathy to you and your family

    Don and Sylvia Timmins

  11. Don &Sylvia Timmins

    Dear Jeanie
    Don and I are grateful to have met your lovely Bill, and we cherish good memories of evenings with you both.
    His devotion to you was constant and hisinterest in everything on thisplanet
    was a lesson for us all.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family

    Don and Sylvia

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