Sad day here at Vagabond Lodge and personally of course. We lost a great guy, great person and one crazy son of a bitch. He was a piece of work to say the least.
Bill James has stayed with us since we basically opened 10 years ago for a ski holiday. One winter he came twice and he was from Australia. He has been fighting cancer for the past year and his wife Helen informed us today he has passed away. The photos above are of Bill holding court behind the bar.
Bill could be found behind our bar every night holding court with whomever there was to talk too with a case of corona at this side. I remember on numerous occasions he would go to bed when there was nobody to tell stories to, only to return a few minutes later when he heard other guests come back from dinner. He was an entertainer and a character. Everyone knew Bill. Bill and Helen not only enjoyed their stay here but also made sure they got to know the Golden area and always made a point of checking out the bars and restaurants in town every time they were here. One winter they skied basically every ski area in Western Canada. If there was a lift in town, he was skiing there. Bill's wishes were to have his ashes spread at Kicking Horse.
I did find a video I shot a couple years ago of Bill skiing and have posted it below.
RIP Bill. We love you.
Ken and Lori
Ken along with his wife Lori are the owners and operators of Vagabond Lodge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.