Bill passed peacefully at age 82 in Brisbane, AU, on June 2, 2013. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Joshua and Jay; and by Mary Nicol, his first wife and the mother of his children, Dan, Robin and Jim. Also left to mourn are his sister, Annie Deeley of Winnipeg, and his brother, Wayne Gair (Karen) of Quadra Island.
Bill was born in St. Boniface, MB, on May 10, 1931, and received his early education in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Port Melon and Gibsons. He graduated UBC with double majors in microbiology and bacteriology and obtained his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Illinois in 1956. He was a major contributor to research, industry and academia. He opened the Department of Microbiology at the University of Alberta in 1966 – at age 35, he was their youngest department head. His family and friends remember his intelligence, decency and love of fishing. Burial of his ashes was on the Solomon Islands.