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William McMath "Bill" Roxborough (1890-1969)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Atlin Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, August 21, 1969


    Funeral services for the late William McMath Roxborough, 79, were held at St. Martin's Anglican Church, Atlin, on Saturday, August 16th at 2 P.M. when Reverend A. J. Aicken of the Presbyterian Church at Whitehorse officiated.

    Pall bearers were Robert Carnie, William Ross, Ira Bennett, Cyril James, Herman Peterson and Norman Fisher, Interment followed at the Atlin Cemetery.

    Bill - or "uncle" - as he was fondly known to all died suddenly while on a visit to Tulsequah where his niece, Mavis Roxborough Shaw and her husband "Bun" make their home. He had only been there about two hours when death occurred. Uncle's death was a shock to all who respec- ted and loved him.

    He was born in Ireland on November 24th, 1890, and came to Atlin in 1904 at which time his father the late John Roxborough, operated a hotel at Surprise Lake. Bill later went to Vancouver and was employed by B.C. Electric for five years before returning to Atlin in 1913.

    At that time his father was rebuilding the first Kootenay Hotel here which had been destroyed by fire and Bill came back to assist in this work.

    On April the 19th, 1916 he took as his bride the former Anais Boyer of France, and with the exception of a few years spent at the Engineer Mine, Aunt and Uncle made their home in Atlin. They owned and operated the Kootenay Hotel until their retirement twelve years ago.

    Nephews Bill, Jack, Don and Ken Roxborough and nieces Robert (Bobbie) Magnsuon and Mavis Shaw came from their respective homes to attend the funeral. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Anais and ten nieces and nephews. Their many friends throughout the North extend deepest sympathy to "Aunt" and all the family.

Card of Thanks

    Mrs. William Roxborough wishes to say a sincere "thank-you to all the ladies in Atlin who provided the buffet supper on Saturday at the Moose Hall for all those attending the funeral of her late husband William Roxborough. This was deeply appreciated by her and all members of the family.