WILLIS, Edward (Skip) Joseph, Reg.
No. 250 November 5, 1937 - May 12, 2021
Edward (Skip) Joseph Willis is predeceased by his loving wife Betty Willis. Skip deeply loved and cared for his dear wife Betty and was looking forward to his reunion with her. Skip passed away on May 12, 2021 at the age of 83 years.
Skip had an active full life and was a multitalented, gentle, kind man with a strength of character that shone brightly through his personality for all to see. He was a man of impeccable honour and integrity, honesty and fairness at the core of his life’s endeavours. His badge of honour was his credibility, sacred ground when expounding in testimony on anything of importance. Skip was an avid musician, singer, songwriter, who accomplished much, writing over 200 plus songs and creating three full length CDs of his work. Skip and Betty loved their music.
Skips accolades were varied and many in the areas of leadership, policing, physical fitness, education, and training. He has golfed most of his life and loved the game. His friendly demeanor, jokes, and sense of humour captured the hearts of many who he considered his friends. Skip was a husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather to his loving family. He will be remembered lovingly by all who received his smile and knew the humble man within.
A private family service was held. Interment was held at the Ryley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to the Zebra Child Protection Centre (https://www.zebracentre.ca/) To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edward Joseph Willis please visit our Tribute Store.
Skip Willis’ career in policing began on January 21st, 1963 as a member of Recruit Training Class 16. As a Constable he had assignments in Patrol Division, Communications Section and Identification Section. Following a flurry of Acting Sergeant and detective assignments, Skip was confirmed in the Sergeant rank in 1973 in Patrol Division. In 1973, he transferred to Personnel & Training Section where his duties included being a Physical Training Instructor. He changed rank to Detective in 1975 and had assignments in General Investigation Section, Drug Control Section and Morality Control Section. Promotion to Staff Sergeant, in Training Section, followed in 1979 with subsequent assignments in Crisis Intervention/Child Abuse Section and “A” Division. Skip was promoted to Inspector, in “C” Division, in 1987. Later, he transferred tp Crime Scenes Section and his last three years were in North Division until his retirement on January 30th, 1994.
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