William Leslie Hogan (nee George Graham Cameron) passed away on January 24, 2024 at the age of 83. He grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario with his parents Ida and John Hogan. The family moved to Rosemère, Quebec in his teens.
In 1957 he enlisted with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) armoured regiment in Calgary. He trained and performed with their mounted troops. He spent a year overseas with the regiment on a NATO Peacekeeping mission in Egypt.
After his army days, Bill worked and travelled with the Oil Patch and with seismic crews in places like Algeria, Texas, Alberta and the NWT. For a time he lived in Victoria and one year he organized a horse show. He moved to Saskatoon in the mid-1970’s and worked as a service manager for trucking companies and as a mechanic. It was there he met his wife, Carol and they built a life together on an acreage outside Saskatoon and raised two children (Dan and Jaime). They spent many vacations at their cabin at Whelan Bay on the Whiteswan Lakes. He spent his last working years with the Commissionaires in Saskatoon.
Bill was a sailing enthusiast and liked to build wooden boats. His first boat was a Daysailer that was sailed by the family for years on Whelan Bay and he later constructed a DN ice boat that raced around Blackstrap Lake when there was wind and good ice. Bill and Carol took up sailboat racing in their Laser II when their daughter started racing and teaching, and they spent several seasons with Blackstrap Sailing Club and travelling to regattas around the province. He enjoyed the company of many and shared his knowledge (he had a one-celled army brain, he said) and never stopped mucking about with his daughter’s boats when she was not looking. His granddaughter laments that there will be no one to take her for Jeep rides in future.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carol, son Dan Hogan, daughter-in-law Julia and grandson Xan; and daughter Jaime Hogan, son-in-law Shawn Harriman and granddaughter Shaela.
Cremation has taken place and a few memorial trees will be planted to offset the ones he used to build the cabin and boats and other things. The family is grateful for the care he received by visiting home care staff, and the expertise of St. Paul’s Hospital urology and palliative care wards. If so desired, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Hospital.