Saturday, April 3, 2010

OBITUARY - EX-REGINA PATS - WILLIAM LAWRENCE "BILL" HICKE


HICKE – William Lawrence “Billy the KID ” - was born on March 31, 1938 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side on Monday, July 18, 2005. He was predeceased by his parents John and Catherine and Sister Marie. Bill leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Lee Anne; daughter Lisa (Jim) Ostertag; son Danny; bestest friends & grandsons: Ryan and Dylan Ostertag; brothers: John (Jackie); Eddie (Irene); Ernie (Barb); mother and father-in-law, Margaret and Earl Rickard; sisters-in-law: Shirley Floyd and Bonnie “Bunny” Rickard, nieces and nephews: Kelly, Dean, Shane, Tiffany, Brian, Karen, Yauni, and Adam.


Bill Hicke was a Super Star, who patrolled the right wing for the Regina Pats for four and a half years, including three Memorial Cup finals in the late 50’s. He then launched himself into a 14-year career in the NHL, which included 3 Stanley Cup Championships with the Montreal Canadians.

Upon retirement he and his wife Lee Anne owned and operated Kyle’s Sporting Goods in downtown Regina, where he resided as the honorary mayor of Hamilton Street. Bill was involved as an owner, general manager and coach of the Regina Pats from 1985 to 1995.

In 1995 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Bill was an exceptional golfer and a member of the Wascana Golf and Country Club for 50 years. He resided on the board of Hockey Canada, and acted as President of the Players Association for the WHA and was a Player Association Rep in the NHL.

Bill loved his family more than anything in this world; he was an extraordinary husband, father and grandfather in every sense of the word. It wasn’t his accomplishments that made Bill Hicke larger than life; it was the man himself! He lived and loved every moment of life, like it was his last. If you were honored enough to know him, you will never forget him. His generosity, his stories and his everlasting smile, had the ability to lighten your heart and brighten your day. On July 18th an extraordinary Man became an extraordinary Angel.