About William Jennings
William (Bill) Jennings passed away quietly on Oct. 21, 2021. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Daphne of 64 years, and four sons: Brad (Jeanne), Shawn (Beverly), Michael (Marjorie) and Daniel (Eileen).
He was a proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren: Carrolyn (Connor) Oldham, Brittany (Dan) Olivieri, and Robert ; Karl (Kirsty), Kristin (Levi) Te Brinke, ; Brad ( Kayla) Fournie; Melissa Anne (Chris) and David Michael: and 9 great grandchildren; Angelina (Olivieri). Gabriella(Olivieri), Evangelina (Olivieri), Haley Anne (Fournie), Alyssa Paige(Fournie), Paisley (Allen)and Aubree Beverly Ruth (Te Brinke), Addison Alexandra Ruth (Te Brinke), and our special great-grandson Hudson William (Jennings).
Bill Jennings loved life, and he lived it with great enthusiasm, always self employed, except for a short stint in the service. Bill found his success in finance and was a very successful salesman, perhaps because he really enjoyed people. When he left the service he went into life insurance in Ontario, and during off hours he found time to lead a young peoples' group for the Church.
Later, he returned home to B.C., still with life insurance, but also looking into selling cars and management. He and his business partner owned Kelly Car on Kingsway, where his Reader Board always caught the public eye with—at election time: “NDP –No Down Payment, Liberal Terms and Conservative Prices.” He had a very honourable reputation along Kingsway, and when he shook your hand you had a deal.
A few years later, he took two small hotels out of receivership, and in 1997, he built The Jordan River Inn. With his wife, Daphne, he turned a gravel pit into a beautiful garden. They took many B&B guests hiking along Juan de Fuca trail. Vancouver Island’s west coast was wonderful.
He is very much missed.
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