Rolston, William Arthur

With heavy hearts and cherished memories, Bill passed away on May 15, 2024, with family by side at the age of 92. Born on September 24, 1931, in the town of Virden, Manitoba, Bill Rolston entered the world. Born to Ralph and Ella Rolston.

Bill leaves to mourn his son Ralph, (Tanya Rolston) and their three children, Ella, Thomas, and Jack, his daughter Maralee (Cam Dodds) and their two children, Rhett and Madison, his sister Devona Slater, and his two nieces Sandy Olafson, (Kenny Andreychuk) and Tammy Gardner (Keith Gardner)

Bill attend school in Virden and which then went on to led him to serve with the 12th Manitoba Dragoons. From November 1948 to March 1950, he donned the uniform, and forged bonds that would last a lifetime.

Bill’s university years were more than academic pursuits; they were chapters of camaraderie. Hockey and curling part of his daily routines. Lifelong friendships blossomed here.

Fate smiled upon Bill when he met “Little” Lily Cluett. On May 5th, 1962, they exchanged vows, becoming not just husband and wife but best friends.

Armed with a pilot’s license, he acquired a Piper Cub—Over 3000 hours logged, embraced the exhilaration of flight for years to come.

Bill’s days as a telegraph operator and station agent at the Lyleton station were marked by the rhythm of Morse code. He worked at the Lyleton station from September 22nd, 1951, to August 16th, 1971.

Bill and Lily’s dream took root at Lake Metigoshe. They transformed the land into Holiday Hills Resort—a haven where families made memories. Their hard work and dedication bore fruit, and they retired in 1996, leaving behind their legacy. Then went on to spend the rest of their days in Brandon.

In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to a charity close to their hearts. On June 7, 2024 we did gather at the Souris Legion. A family graveside service at the Virden Cemetery precedes this celebration. Let us raise our glasses, share stories, and toast to Bill—a life well-lived.

5 thoughts on “Rolston, William Arthur”

  1. My deepest condolences on Bill’s passing. May all your memories help you at this difficult time.
    I have lots of memories of the times we all spent together. Thinking of you all.

  2. We always enjoyed talking with Bill at various functions at Cherry Point. He was an amazing story teller.
    Deepest sympathy to Bill’s family. You will have many wonderful memories to cherish.
    Al Gray and Linda Burnell

  3. Our condolences to the family at this difficult time. Our family started going to holiday hills back in the early 70’s. I went every year from the age of 13 till my late 20’s. I still have fond memories. We even took our kids there in the early 90’s. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sincere condolences to Ralph and Maralee and family in your loss of Bill. We remember many fond times with Bill and Lily at Lake Metigoshe through the years .

  5. I express my deepest sympathy. The Bible gives a comforting hope that your loved one will come to life again on a beautiful earth when death will be no more in John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4.

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