RUITER, William (Bill) John

October 14, 1956 – August 31, 2020

With sadness we announce that Willian (Bill) Ruiter of Bragg Creek, AB passed away in Calgary, AB at the age of 63 years.

Bill is survived by his siblings Mary (Owen) MacNaughton and Peter (Malerie Rose) Ruiter, and nieces Jessica and Jennifer.  He is predeceased by his parents Anna and Rinse and his brother Arnold.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at a later date.

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  1. On September 4, 2020 at 2:14 pm Joan Groeneveld Said:

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you during these difficult times. He will be remembered.

    Love always

    Joan, Lisa and family, Warren and family

  2. On September 4, 2020 at 3:19 pm Sunil Mattu Said:

    Rest In Peace, Bill.

  3. On September 4, 2020 at 3:20 pm Sunil Mattu Said:

    Peace be upon You.

  4. On September 4, 2020 at 9:10 pm Rocky Brenda Bond Said:

    RIP you old puck stopper…

  5. On September 4, 2020 at 10:12 pm Jo Anne Partlo Said:

    RIP Bill, I will miss your bright smile and twinkling blue eyes! A right light is gone!

  6. On September 5, 2020 at 9:32 am Crystal Cassidy Said:

    You will be missed. Be at peace buddy.

  7. On September 5, 2020 at 9:32 am Reggie Byington Said:

    So sad the hear. 🙁 RIP my friend. Will miss your emails and messages.

  8. On September 5, 2020 at 11:10 am Jennifer McLennan Said:

    Bill, you’ll always have a place in my heart as one of the best. Catch you on the next journey my friend. RIP.

  9. On September 5, 2020 at 7:11 pm Dave Rupert Said:

    Will miss you my friend.

  10. On September 6, 2020 at 7:04 pm Ken Bischoff Said:

    So sad to hear of Bills passing!
    So enjoyed working with him for twenty years, I sure will miss having coffee with him at Tim Hortons. Very grateful to have had such a good friend. He will be greatly missed.
    Our condolences to the family and all Bills many friends.
    Ken and Monica Bischoff

  11. On September 7, 2020 at 3:23 pm Rob Malcolm Said:

    Bill was a good man. I never heard him complain about his lot in life. He had no adversaries. Bill loved Bragg Creek, he loved the mountains, he loved the freedom of the back country. He loved his cabin in the woods and collecting native art to fill the walls, he always had a good word for friends and those he just met. He loved having an early morning coffee with friends, he loved playing hockey, he was a good goaltender, we played on the same team a number of years, before he had to leave hockey due to health concerns, he continued to came by the rink to say hello to teammates when he was able. Bill loved his dog which is now looked after by good friend Gunter. We will miss you Bill and offer condolences to your family during this sad time. May you continue to rest in God’s palm forever. We will remember you, Rob & Pam Malcolm

  12. On September 7, 2020 at 4:54 pm Jim Hansen Said:

    Bill’s cheerfulness combined with his skills in goal carried us a long way in those early morning hockey games. He will be missed!

  13. On September 7, 2020 at 6:32 pm Dennis Wilson Said:

    Bill was a stand up goalie for our +55 Green team when I played and was a stand up guy,who was quick to smile and easy to talk to. He will be missed by the guys in hockey dressing rooms he attented and by all who knew him.

  14. On September 8, 2020 at 6:26 am Chris Lee Said:

    We lost a good man, never met a more stand up guy than Bill. Always willing to help out and could always put a smile on your face. He will be missed by a lot of people. RIP Bill.

  15. On September 8, 2020 at 5:08 pm Lowell M Nicholl Said:

    I knew Bill for over 40 years. We worked together at Unisource for many years and I had nothing but respect for the person Bill was. He was one of the most honest hard working people I ever met. Bill, was also very principled, some might say stubborn, but he said what he meant and meant what he said. What a tremendous loss!

  16. On September 9, 2020 at 6:28 pm Ron Jeffrey Said:

    Having been a childhood friend of the family – born and raised in Cooksville – I always appreciated Billy’s easy going nature and good heart.

    So sad to hear of his passing – RIP.

  17. On September 10, 2020 at 6:59 am ROB JEFFREY Said:

    I, like my twin brother Ron were best pals with ‘Billy’ growing up in Cooksville.
    I have fond memories of times spent in the ‘park’, the ‘field’, the ‘rink’,’Donnavale’and’Clifton’. My sympathies to Mary, Peter and all whose lives he touched.

  18. On September 10, 2020 at 11:06 am Wayne Mortillaro Said:

    In our adult lives we have a tendency to lose touch with many childhood friends. Though the years have passed – many more then we all care to admit – I still remember the times spent growing up in Cooksville with our schoolmate and neighborhood friend Billy. Reading these messages it appears that Billy, through his many friends and family, brought joy to a lot of lives.
    Well done, Billy!
    Rest in Peace

  19. On September 10, 2020 at 9:13 pm Rob Carlson Said:

    Was very sad to hear about Bill’s passing . I had the pleasure of working with Bill for many years. Bill was a stand up guy with a great heart and always went the extra mile to help out. Even though we were all busy with our daily work Bill made a point to pop up to the ofiice on a regular basis even if to just say hello and catch up on things. I miss his visits. if ever my wife and i happened to be in Bragg Creek on a weekend we would pop our heads into Bills favorite watering hole to say hello and have a chat. He will me missed by all.

  20. On September 14, 2020 at 3:33 pm Robert L Jackson Said:

    I was shocked, and saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I cherish the memories of playing hockey with Bill over 20 years. Our Sunday morning games in Bragg Creek, and the tournaments we played in for the Powderhorn. You always made the game fun. It was pleasure playing defence in front of you, and your lighthearted banter after the game will be missed. My condolences to the family and from all of us old grey hairs who played the game we loved, “keep your stick on the ice” Bill, we will all be playing together again. God Speed my friend.

  21. On September 15, 2020 at 9:34 am Patrick Miles Said:

    Billy, I will miss our early morning BS sessions at the Spoon. Peace be with you buddy.

  22. On September 30, 2020 at 2:24 pm Wayne Radcliffe Said:

    I met Bill in July when we shared the same hospital room at the Rocky View hospital. We developed a very good friendship and I was looking forward to meeting up with him sometime for a lunch. I was saddened to hear that he had passed away and I wanted to offer my sincere condolences to his family and close friends. He was a good man and will be missed.

  23. On November 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm charene harronI Said:

    I was very shocked and saddened to hear of Bills untimely passing. Enjoyed chatting with him at his favorite watering hole. He had the most vibrant blue eyes. You will be missed Bill. RIP

  24. On November 18, 2020 at 10:09 pm Aiñe Curran Said:

    That Camaro…those camping trips…it all seems like yesterday. What truly great times we had. You always had, and always will have a special place in my heart. Goodbye for now Bill, with Love.❤❤