Memorial Service

William James Mountain

May 2, 1939 – September 2, 2011


Bill was diagnosed with cancer in mid-July and after a short battle, died in Vancouver General Hospital surrounded by close friends.

Bill was predeceased by his children, Owen and Lisa, and is survived by his sister Margaret (Sampson) in Florida and his cousin Norm McLeod in Tsawwassen.


Bill was born in Welland and raised in Port Coburne, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1962. He later moved to Regina before settling in Vancouver.


In lieu of flowers a donation to an arts organization of your choice is appreciated.



Celebration of the Life of

Bill Mountain


Memorial Service

Saturday, October 8

2:00 pm

Unitarian Church of Vancouver

949 West 49th Avenue at Oak





1:45pm Prelude Music: sung and played by Elliot Dainow

Pete Seeger Songs: One Man’s Hands, I Can See a New Day, River of My People; Beatles: Revolution; Leonard Cohen: Who By Fire; Hallelujah; Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Pete Seeger Version: My Life Flows On In Endless Song


2:00 pm  Welcome – Rev. Steven Epperson, Minister


Song:  #354 We Laugh, We Cry; We Live, We Die



From Ontario to BC via Regina – Jim Kinzel

Vancouver years to Final Days– Bruce Inglis

Jungian Influence: Tension of Opposites – Mary Bennett

Reading: The Rhizome Remains – Carl Jung


Chant:  #1003 Return Again, Return to the Land of Your Soul

Silent Meditation

Music: Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There Is a Season)


Bill’s Involvement With:

Trafalgar Housing Co-op – Melanie Charles

The Unitarian Church – Alan Dawson

The Book Club – Keith Wilkinson

Buddhist Sangha – Glenn McCauley

Reading: Never Give Up by HH The XIV Dalai Lama

– Read by Alexandra Charlton


Closing Reading:  Rev. Steven Epperson


Closing Music/Postlude – Elliot Dainow


Refreshments will be served in Hewett Hall. There is a guest book and display of photos and memorabilia in the Hall


Story Sharing: Come to the Fireside Room and share a “memory, dream or reflection”. Please enter and leave quietly.

Memories, Dreams and Reflections; autobiography

Life has always seemed … like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away – an ephemeral apparition. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.

Carl Jung

Never give up.

No matter what is going on; Never give up

Develop the heart; Too much energy in your country

Is spent developing the mind; Instead of the heart

Be compassionate; Not just to your friends

But to everyone

Be compassionate; Work for peace

In your heart and in the world; Work for peace

Never give up; No matter what is happening

No matter what is going on around you

Never give up

HH The XIV Dalai Lama

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