On Thursday, February 19, Wil's friend Peter Adair came into the office and told us Wil had died that morning. We had been expecting him to start teaching the Curl for Kids program again after having been ill and had heard that he had been out and about the week before. Peter's news was a shock.
Wil was no ordinary guy. Tough, determined and strong, Wil and Elmer Schimt created a program for introducing kids to curling through the schools. Until he became ill at Christmas he had been teaching three days of the Grade six curling and two of the Curl for Kids each week. And club curling. The number of fine curlers who got their start with Wil is too numerous to list.
Wil wasn't much for taking no for an answer. Many's the time I would try to poach sheets from his Curl for Kids for some spiel or playdown and there would be hell to pay. You could almost see the steam coming off him. He'd let nothing take away from his kids.
I'm going to miss him. We all will.