Bill Intven – 1920 – 2002
Sadly, in May of 2002, Bill Intven passed away with his family at his bedside.
Over the many years of running Canadale, Bill instilled in his family an appreciation and love for nature which, he believed, is at the very heart of gardening. For Bill, the essence of this fascination, with the complexity and wonder of the natural world, was encapsulated in a single seed. Each and every spring, he marveled at the sight of his newly emerging seedlings.
Through hard work, honesty and integrity, Bill was lucky enough to see his business receive two significant awards: The Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario Business Integrity Award, and the Landscape Ontario Consumer’s Choice Award, awarded to Ontario’s Favorite Garden Centre.
Though incredibly successful in the gardening industry, Bill’s attitude always remained humble. One of his favourite sayings will always be remembered as: “I am a lucky man — and the harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Joan Intven – 1920 – 2015
After Bill’s passing, Joan was very happy to watch the business flourish. She continued to get regular updates on the day-to-day operations, offering her valued opinion and advice. Joan passed away peacefully on January 9, 2015. She will be greatly missed by her extended family and the St. Thomas community.