A Local Hero

Bill Skinner was born on June 9, 1915 and raised in Calgary, Alberta. In 1939, at the age of 24, he enlisted in the 242 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. Taught to fly by Wilfred “Wop” May, who participated in the battle that brought down the Red Baron, Mr. Skinner fought in the Second World War until 1945.

Mr. Skinner was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Battle of Britain in which he was wounded. He was also awarded a bar for his part in the bombing of the FIAT factory in Turin, Italy. Mr. Skinner is believed to hold the record for the longest flight service in Canada.
In later years, Mr. Skinner volunteered with children, teaching them how to skate and helping them get a feel for the ice. He continues to stay active by doing work in and around the house and by going for short walks.

Bill Skinner made Richmond his choice for retirement and has lived in Richmond East for the past 18 years. Around the time he moved to Richmond, the Tsawassen Ferry Terminal was built, making it a lot easier to commute to his summer home in the Gulf Islands.
Mr. Skinner loves living in Richmond, because he can be close to everything without sacrificing peace and quiet.

Bill Skinner made Richmond his choice for retirement and has lived in Richmond East for the past 18 years. Around the time he moved to Richmond, the Tsawassen Ferry Terminal was built, making it a lot easier to commute to his summer home in the Gulf Islands.
Mr. Skinner loves living in Richmond, because he can be close to everything without sacrificing peace and quiet.

Mr. Skinner first met MLA Linda Reid while working on and discussing veterans’ policy. His enduring passion for Canada, his stewardship of the rights and responsibilities that come with Canadian citizenship and his service in World War II to protect our freedoms and to liberate others is something for which we should all be grateful.