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NASBY, William Lloyd

April 4, 1928 - December 16, 2017


It is with sad hearts and sorrow that we announce the passing of William “Bill” Nasby on December 16, 2017, at the age of 89 years.  Bill’s last months were spent in hospice in Comox, BC.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Nellie Nasby, and also by former wife, Josephine, their son Michael Nasby (Sherry-Lynn), and by his daughter-in-law, Yvonne, (Steve), and his granddaughter Roni (Steve). Bill was also predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Thompson (Doug), and Eileen Gordon (Bob).

Bill is sadly missed by his wife of 32 years, Raina Kovalenko; 3 daughters, Beverely Nasby Hipolito, Patricia Nasby White, Erica Nasby Bathurst (Chuck); his sons, David Clinton (Trudy), William F. “Carlos” Nasby, Steven K. Nasby, Raymond B. Nasby; and also by his sister Leona Tchoryk (Bill).

Bill is also survived by his former wife, Georgiana Nasby; stepchildren James McKenna, Tara Webman (Frank) and Tracy McKenna.

Bill is also survived by his granddaughters:  Patricia’s daughters, Celeste, Trina and Dixie; David’s daughters, Genevieve Clinton and Andrea Clinton, Bill Jr.’s daughter Jessica, Steve’s daughter Devyn and Erica’s daughter Tallulah; and by his grandsons:  David’s sons, Riel Clinton and Beau Alan Clinton; Bev’s sons, Chris Hipolito (Kim) and Chad Hipolito (Nicole); Michael’s sons Michael Nasby Jr. (Dorthy), Cody Nasby (Jen), Raymond’s sons, Derek, Ray Jr. (Eliza), Justin, Jesse and Jake; and Erica’s sons Maximilian and Fergus Bathurst.  Bill is survived also by fifteen great-grandchildren.

Bill grew up in Saskatchewan, and in his mid-teens he joined the Merchant Marines, sailing the seas providing provisions for the troops in World War II.  Coming home for a respite, he married Jo Waterhouse, and after missing the military joined the Army and spent 423 days on the Korean Peninsula Front with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry which was tasked with keeping the Communist Regime out of South Korea.  After coming home to Calgary and joining the civilian workforce, he again felt unfulfilled and joined the Navy, going out to sea in the peace-keeping submarine forces.  He spent the next 15 or so years’ service in British and Canadian submarines (HMCS Astute, HMCS Sioux, HMCS Rainbow and HMCS Grilse,  HMCS Ambush  to name a few).

Bill left the forces again in the mid 1960s and created self-employment by buying a framing business, then a paint manufacturing company (Paint Pots), and then selling up and moving to Alberta to begin a business that sold paint to the oil rigs that were then flooding the Leduc oilfields.  Not seeing a long-term future in this field, he joined the real estate industry in the late 70s, working with Melton’s which was later picked up by Royal LePage.  Bill then joined Re/Max in St. Albert, Alberta, where he found he excelled in sales, and so he did not look back.  Later he joined Re/Max in Mississauga, Ontario.  In 1990 he discovered a talent for empowering young realtors and began passing on his expertise to help them refine their sales’ abilities.  Adventurous as Bill was, he bought a travel RV and went out on the road, setting up seminars for any Real Estate offices willing to train their sales’ staff.

During this time, Bill and Raina toured the US and Canada very successfully, and were eventually able to purchase a comfortable Monaco motorhome in Calgary.  As well as leading seminars in North America, Bill and Raina travelled to Australia several times to provide seminars and continue their love of skydiving, which provided a counterpoint to work during all of their travels.  Bill also had an intense love of flying, starting when Erica was a young child, buying his first plane in 1978, and his last in 2010, even to renewing his pilot’s license in 2009.  When not flying,

Bill logged  2,200  sky dives with an impressive 32 hours of free fall time.

In 1994 Bill and Raina returned to the greater Toronto area to continue to work for Re/Max and to further develop Bill’s training program by first creating audio programs, first on cassette, which were later improved and became CD programs.

In 1996 a real estate office manager and friend presented a new innovative idea for a real estate franchise with a twist that was beneficial to both franchisee and sales person.  Bill, being his entrepreneurial and adventurous self, bought a franchise in Toronto and Florida.  As Bill was a dual citizen, he and Raina were able to move to Florida and establish Exit Real Estate in the US, selling franchises.   Since Training was always Bill’s preferred occupation, Bill and Raina returned again to touring in an RV, this time presenting training to Exit Realty franchises.  They then set up a home base back in Canada, in Osoyoos, BC, for a respite twice a year.  This business was very lucrative till the real estate collapse in 2008, at which time Bill continued training and coaching realtors by phone and computer; using email and Skype.

The business grew to the extent that Bill’s daughter Erica eventually took over half of Bill’s clients and also developed many of her own.  This continued until 2015 when Bill could no longer carry on to the extent that he had been doing, undergoing knee replacement surgery, and then discovering that much of his pain was due to Stage 4 bone cancer.  Bill carried on working as much as possible and passing on his legacy to Erica who continues seminars and coaching in personal development and real estate sales and training.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at the McKia’s Restaurant on Main Street in Osoyoos, BC at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 7th, 2018.  Please accept this as an invitation to attend and to celebrate Bill’s life with his family and friends.

Donations gratefully accepted to a Hospice of your choice.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Eric Toneff.


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From: Toneff Funeral Services

Toneff Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Patrick Higgins
Relation: Pittard trained real estate agent

Sorry to hear the passing of Bill he was a great insperation and will be missed by all. Bill will live on in all his recordings that as a Real Estate Agent many of play every day and will contiue to do so down through the generations of new sales people who join our company. Our best wishes to family and friends. Higgins Real Estate Lismore Australia.

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