It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Bill "Coach" McKittrick – who died peacefully with his wife and high school sweetheart, Lillian and his two children, Scott (Vanessa) & Ashley (Kris Meisterman) by his side. He has four amazing grandchildren – Kameron, Kayleigh, Parker and Atom - who so loved him. He was predeceased by his parents Olive (Nye) & Irwin and his brother Fred. He is also survived by his sister Sharon (Burley). Bill taught high school in Richmond after his graduation from UBC in 1970 until 2010 and will be remembered warmly by generations of kids he taught English - and for his years coaching football. Bill gardened keenly with an enthusiasm that was only partly tempered by experience, believing till the end in the power of the earth, his black gold. Bill leaves behind many, many friends who can at least still take pleasure in their memories of this good, kind man.
A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on Saturday November 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Richmond Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bill McKittrick Scholarship Fund can be sent to: David Partridge, Richmond SD 38 Scholarships, Richmond School District 38, 7811 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC. V6Y 3E3. Phone inquiries 604-668-6000 ext 1547 for any questions on the scholarship.
Today I said a sad goodbye to Coach McKittrick. He was my favourite teacher in high school. He went above and beyond the role of teacher and was a bright spot in an otherwise stormy time in my life. He was inspirational and one of the best men I have ever met.
I was in his English class and he also made me a Jr. Coach for the girl’s football team when I was unable to play. That was the kind of guy he was- always making sure everyone was included.
One of his favourite phrases was "Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It." I can still hear him saying that clearly in my head. He taught not only English but life lessons. He made everyone memorize his phone number and even put it on a test - he let us know we could always call him if we were in crisis.
His Celebration of a Life today was touching; the place was packed with over 250 people. It was clear that he was loved and will be missed by a great many people.
Thanks for the memories, Coach.
Dear Lill, Ashley, Scott and family.
Bill was a great teacher yes. A great family man and good friend to many. It was wonderful to hear him talk with enthusiasm about the grandkids, his teaching years, his sports, music and gardening. Always ready with a great story. Loved seeing him at the school reunions too.
I still remember him singing karaoke with his good friend Dr Bud at our wild Christmas parties. Such a vibrant man. He touched so many lives. He will be missed by many.
Hugs and condolences.
Shelly and Bill