Saturday, April 3, 2010

OBITUARY - EX-REGINA PATS - GIOKAS, WILLIAM (BILL)


Published: 2008-04-08

GIOKAS, WILLIAM – Born: December 3, 1927 and Died: April 4, 2008. In loving memory of William (Bill) Giokas, father, husband and friend, who died peacefully April 4th, 2008 at the age of 80. He is survived by his two sons, Tim (Tammy) of Regina, and Paul (Jan) of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Jackson and Nicholas; one brother, George (Grace) of High River, Alberta; sisters-in-law Kay Lambrecht and Audrey Giokas of Regina; special friend, Joanne Majkut; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and family. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Edith; brothers, Constantine of London, Ontario and Peter.

Bill was born and raised in Regina where he excelled in the game of hockey. Feeling a need to serve his country, his high school education was interrupted for two years after he enlisted in the Armed Forces underage.
Upon discharge he returned to Balfour Tech High School and had a stellar career with (the Regina Pats (1946-47). Bill turned pro with the New York Rangers organization in 1947-48 and played several years with the organization before returning home to Regina to play senior hockey with the Regina Caps. After his playing days, he had a successful coaching career with the Regina Pat Blues and Regina Monarchs where he won the Saskatchewan Senior Championship in 1965.
He retired from coaching in 1969 to focus on family and his career in the automotive industry. He was a prominent fixture in the automotive world for over 50 years in his hometown of Regina, winning countless awards with both Chrysler Canada and General Motors. Bill loved his hockey, movies on TV, good Scotch, and time with family.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Dad, your family loves and misses you and hopes you stay out of the corners. A FUNERAL MASS will be held at St. Martin R. C. Church, 4720 Castle Road, Regina, SK on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with Very Rev. Ken Miller presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a charitable donation to The Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina S4P 2R3, in the name of Bill Giokas. An online book of condolences may be signed at www.speersfuneralchapel.com.