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William Edward Tanner
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  • American Heart Association of SC Memorial & Tributes Processing Center
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    Glen Allen, VA 23060

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“Sincere condolences to the entire family. He always seemed bigger than life. RIP Billy. ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: Fran Reynolds - Kingston, NY

“I was so sorry to hear from Linda of her brother's sudden death. You may or may not remember meeting me in the summers at Linda's cottage. She and...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Joan Strong - Etobicoke, Canada

“So sorry to hear of your brothers passing ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Walter Grist - Dartmouth - Friend

“DEEPEST CONDOLENCES ;PEACE& LOVE ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: JUDE ODO - New Glasgow,NS

“Thoughts are with you Cheryl. remember the good times. Charlotte MacDonald ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Charlotte MacDonald - New Glasgow

“So sorry to hear of Billy's passing..condolences to Cheryl and family. ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: Joan MacDonald - New Glasgow

“Cheryl & Family: We were so very sorry to hear of Billy's sudden passing. We hope your wonderful memories together will bring all of you comfort. ...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Alice & Ian Mattatall - Friend

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Anthony Williamson - Friend

“Dear Cheryl: our deepest condolences, we are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you daily, sending prayers and hugs across the miles. ...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Murphy - Toronto - Friend

“Cheryl - love and prayers to you. The video is a beautiful tribute. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Edith Irving - Trenton - Friend

“My deepest sympathy Cheryl. I was so saddened to hear of Bills passing. My heart goes out to you and family. Keep the great memories in your heart...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: pattiann imperi - tucker, GA

“I am very saddened to hear that Billy has passed away. I have fond memories of Billy as we grew up as neighbors in Trenton. My sincere condolences to...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Taylor - Courtenay, BC Canada

“Scott and I are so sad to hear of Bill's passing. We wish you peace in the coming months and if you need anything we are here for you!!! ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Deborah Wilkinson - Goose creek, SC

“Our deepest sympathy, he will be missed. We had some great times, including a great camping trip, Thanksgiving at the farm, and Pete's ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Phillip Smith - CHARLESTON, SC

“Our deepest sympathy to Bill's family from the Lefebvre family of Halilfax, Nova Scotia. Found memory of Bill spending time with Roch, Christien and...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Roch Lefebvre - Bedford - Friend

“Cheryll, Doug and I are so very sorry. Bill was a great guy and we know that you were planning for many more wonderful years together. We know you...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Shirley Warner - Charleston, SC

“Peter and I are so sorry for your loss.I have many good memories from living next door to Billie,Susan and Linda for so many years in Trenton.Our...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Marjorie Landry - Family Friend

“Sincere sympathy to you all! ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Lowell & Karen MacLaughlin

“Cheryl ,i want you to know Bill will be truly missed-good guy ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: James Truesdale - Hollywood, SC

“Dearest Cheryll, my sincere sympathy to you. Bill was a wonderful man and you had such a lovely life together. I wish I was closer, but please know...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Doreen Streatch - Truro - Friend

“I am so sorry to hear of Bills Passing, Lots of fun times and memories , spent at the Tanner home on Dickie St ,Trenton ... ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Loie Dee Woodman - Trenton N.S

“My condolences to the family. I had a nice discussion with Bill at the Trenton Legion last July. It was over 30 years since we saw each other. ...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: John (Butch) Martin - Friend

“Cheryll We are sorry to hear of Billy's passing, a great friend for many years to me and for a lifetime to Alan. Please know that you are in our...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Alan and Norma MacDougall Trenton

“If you need anything call me 843-509-8579 ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Martha main - Charleston, SC

“Please accept my sincere sympathy in your loss. Billy was a wonderful man and will be missed. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Carolie Mc Carron

“You have mine and Ted's deepest condolences. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Estacia Redman - Charleston, SC

“My Deepest Condolences ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Bill Muirhead - New Glasgow


It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of William Edward Tanner of Ravenel, South Carolina. Bill was a beloved husband, brother, brother-in -law and uncle.

He was born to William and Olga Thompson Tanner on Dec 29 1944 in Middlesbrough, England. He arrived in Halifax, Canada at Pier 21 on Oct 8, 1946 aboard the Empire Brent with his war bride mother and younger sister. Bill grew up in Trenton Nova Scotia and attended Trenton schools.

Bill loved big trucks from an early age and was fortunate to have learned to drive big rigs before he was old enough to have a driver's license. He went on to be the owner and operator of WE Tanner Transport. He was also a partner in Westway Pontiac. He later moved to Charleston,SC where he became a KFC franchise owner. His real passion was driving big rigs and he was fortunate to continue driving them until his untimely death. He loved his yearly visits with his wife Cheryll back to their Pictou County where he had family and life long friends.

In the 35 years he lived in South Carolina he made many lasting and loyal friendships. His dry British humor left us all laughing. One of Bill's greatest pleasures was listening to classic country music while tending the grill. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years Cheryll Warner Tanner, sisters Susan Tanner of New Glasgow and Linda Tanner of Dartmouth; nieces, Jennifer Sutherland, Jylian Chisholm and Meagan Tanner; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Lennie White. He was predeceased by his parents and his in laws Basil and Pauline Warner.

His memorial service will be held Saturday March 14, 2020 in J Henry Stuhr Inc, West Ashley chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell parkway at 1:00 P.M. The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. until the time of the service. A celebration of life Service will also be held in Trenton, NS in the summer of 2020 at a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc. of SC Memorial Processing Center, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA, 23060.

God speed on the highway to heaven Bill.