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RUNQUIST, Willard Nelson

November 9, 1930 - March 5, 2018


Willie was born in Hollywood, California, educated as an Experimental Psychologist at Redlands University (BA), Northwestern University (PhD), University of Iowa (Post Doctoral). He taught in State Colleges in New York and California before coming to Canada in 1962. He taught and did research at the University of Alberta in Edmonton until his retirement in 1986 as Professor Emeritus.

He and Peg settled in Union Bay where they lived for 25 years before moving into Comox in 2011. He was a member of the Power Squadron, umpired men’s and children’s softball and became an enthusiastic ocean kayaker. He was an avid sports fan and amateur baseball statistician, a hobby he pursued passionately until shortly before his death. He was a lively conversationalist and story-teller and loved to have a captive audience.

Willie will be sadly missed by Peggy, his wife of 51 years; sister-in-law, Pat Wilson of Lumby, BC; brother-in-law, Bill Joinson (Judi) of Edmonton, AB as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sister and brother-in-law and many life-long friends.

At his request there will be no service.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Emma Rimell.


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From: Toneff Funeral Services

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From: Karen Holtzman
Relation: Friend

Hi Peggy……I’m going to try this again…..not sure how many times this message has gone through…..it’s kare Holtzman (Judi joinsons sister) I wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear about Willy’s passing….just found out today after talking with David’s wife Darla. I’m also very sorry to hear about Gary’s passing as well😢 I always loved Willy….so much fun….I remember how he Knick named me spooky because he said I had dark spooky eyes😂……you are in our prayers and thoughts🙏🏻💕

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