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William Cowan TRAPP

March 26, 1946 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

William TRAPP Obituary

William Cowan Trapp, Bill, the man, the husband, the father and grandfather, big brother, and friend, passed away quietly at home in Rosetown, of COPD, on Wednesday December 27th, 2023.

Bill left behind Carol, his wife of 54 years; his daughter Shelagh Trapp and sons Jim Trapp and Norman Trapp; his beautiful grand children Mary, Liam, Nolan, and Ethan; 3 brothers, Bunny and his wife Judy, Norman and his wife Averil, Bruce, and his sister Jesse Joyce and husband Gord Lackenbauer; nieces and nephews Barry, Donald, Janice, Andrew, Kyla, Heather, Megan, and Louis.  Bill was predeceased by both parents, his sister-in-law Wendy, and his nephew David.

Bill was born March 26,1946 in Saskatoon to Ruth and Donald Trapp.  Bill was named after his Mom’s father, William Cowan, whose family immigrated from the County of Tipperary Ireland in the 1850’s.  Bill attended Victoria, Haultain, Dolly Brae, Aden Bowman, and Rosetown schools.  He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Agriculture in 1967. He worked at Northern Electric in Saskatoon for a few years and then found his way back home to the farm. While farming Bill joined Copeland Seeds in Elrose for almost 30 years.  Bill was a master of many skills including welding, sewing, caterpillar work and carpentry. He also built the family home in Rosetown. 

Bill was a third-generation farmer. His grandfather, Louis Trapp, travelled from Minnesota in the early 1900’s, bought raw prairie land, and turned it into a farm.  In 1926 the Harris elevators shipped 939,000 bushels of grain.  During the depression of the 30’s, in 1937 the elevator shipments were zero. In 1937 the total farm production was ½ load of hay mainly cut from the ditches. Those times produced people who could look after themselves and their loved ones.  Those memories are in all of our cells. That is what makes us, us.

Bill loved cars and bikes, especially his 65 Pontiac 409, Studebakers and his 650 Triumph.  He used to put a $20 bill on the 409 dash and said it was the passenger’s if they could reach it before he got to 60mph.  He never ever had to pay out the 20 dollars.

Bill taught his kids to do their best work, even in places that no one might check and notice.  He could macgyver almost anything with binder twine, bailing wire and black electrical tape.  One story goes that 2 engineers were engaged in a discussion as to how to solve a problem.  Bill could not wait that long and just solved the problem right then and there. 

Bill believed girls could learn to work with work tools just as easily as boys. He got off the combine one harvest to tell the schoolteachers exactly that.  His daughter was then able to attend shop class rather than home ec.  He believed that if you were building a square, build a square, don’t cut corners!  Bill believed that even the best plans can be tweaked to be even better. 

Bill loved prime rib, bacon wrapped scallops, smoked oysters on ritz crackers (he got that from his Dad), T-bone steaks, devilled eggs, and yellow beans. He loved Hogan’s Heroes, Steve McQueen and Smokey and the Bandit movies. He loved Johnny Horton, Roger Miller and Roger Whitaker, and the song Hot Rod Lincoln. Listen to Hot Rod Lincoln on utube with the original artist Charlie Ryan 1955. The famed Lincoln still runs today helping out charities.

Bill loved his family.  He was a loyal true blue forever friend, a good and kind human being.  He was given the gift of conversation, as he could talk and listen and make anyone feel comfortable and welcome. There was always coffee on ready for stories and good conversation.

They say a person dies 3 times.  Once when they take their last breath on earth, the second when their body is consigned to earth and air.  The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.   Bill, we shall remember you … and speak your name.

And now Bill, you are in a heavenly space with family and friends. Welcome home.  Look Daddy, it’s a big old ooorraaannge moon. We love you, bye for now. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association in Bill’s name.  A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date.  We will notify all family and friends when a date and location is set.

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