RAE, Wil­liam

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

On 14 April 2017, Wil­liam Rae was called to his eter­nal home to be with his Sav­ior, whom he served for many years.

He is sur­vived by daugh­ters, Anita (Bruce) McKee & Caro­line (Terry) Friesen; son, An­drew (Nicky) Rae; 10 grand­chil­dren, and ex­tended fam­ily. Bill was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Lilly; his par­ents; his brother, Tom; three broth­ersin-law, and grand­son, Nathan.

He was born and raised in Falkirk, Scot­land, but spent a few years as a child in Ohio. At age 9, he had an aboveknee am­pu­ta­tion, due to an ac­ci­dent. He loved Scot­land; in his late teens and twen­ties, he cy­cled hun­dreds of miles en­joy­ing the high­lands. In 1946, Bill ac­cepted the free gift of sal­va­tion through Je­sus Christ. From then on, his life changed. His goal had been to be­come the great­est drum­mer in Scot­land, but that changed to know­ing and fall­ing in love with his Sav­ior. Later, af­ter work­ing in a science lab & as a cost ac­coun­tant, Bill had a call by the Lord to be­come a min­is­ter. It was his pas­sion to share the good news of the Gospel. He fear­lessly de­fended the truth of God’s Word.

While on hol­i­day in North­ern Ire­land, he met Lilly. They even­tu­ally mar­ried and sev­eral years later they, along with their 2 lit­tle girls, im­mi­grated to NB. Bill pa­s­tored var­i­ous churches in NB and NS, even­tu­ally re­tir­ing but con­tin­u­ing to live in Syd­ney where they thor­oughly en­joyed life for 33 years. For 10 years, Bill pa­s­tored West­min­ster Bi­ble Pres­by­te­rian Church; each Sun­day morn­ing, he was the ra­dio voice on ‘Har­bour Lights’. As Lilly’s health de­clined, they made a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate to the Win­nipeg area in Oct 2015, to have help from their fam­ily. In Feb 2016, Bill was di­ag­nosed with can­cer, though he had about 9 good months. Symp­toms re­turned in Dec, 2016. With help, Bill re­mained at home un­til his pass­ing.

In his fi­nal days he said “I want ev­ery­one to un­der­stand that Je­sus died for them. He un­der­stood them and died for them. Thank God that who­ever trusts in Him can have sal­va­tion. It is not of us but for the glory of God. Thank God that I am go­ing to be with the Lord”. The fu­neral was held on 17 April. To leave a mes­sage in the guest book please visit: http://birch­wood­fu­ner­alchapel.mb.ca/obit­u­ary/ wil­liam-bill-rae.

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