The Midnight train departed the station with John on board. He died September 30 at the Moncton Hospital from the ravages of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension as related to Scleroderma.
Left behind to mourn are his wonderful dance partner of 51 years, Jeanne Carlyle (nee Allen), his son Dr. John Jefferson Williams and his partner Dr. Judy Flecknell of Tatamagouche, N.S., a daughter Jane Carlyle Williams and her partner Joanna Belajac of Barrie, Ont., and a daughter Jennifer Ann Williams-Clark and her husband Dave Clark of Fredericton, N.B. A son of the late Dorothy Evangeline (nee Dakin) and John Albert Williams, he was born in Windsor, N.S. November 5, 1933. He attended Windsor Academy from kindergarten to Grade 12, later obtaining his BA (‘59) from UNB. Following graduation, he was employed briefly by Irving Oil head office in Saint John, N.B. Served a total or 37 years with the Royal Bank in various capacities, three times as a branch manager (Montreal International Airport, St. Stephen, N.B. and Sackville, N.B.). He is also survived by three grandsons; Drew Allen Williams, Garth Dakin Williams and Brett Wallace Williams and their mother Helen E. Williams, all of Tatamagouche, N.S. Also left to mourn is a brother David Seymour Williams and his wife Madelyn Frances (nee Williams) of Saint John, N.B. Two paternal aunts survive: Maxine Mae Hughson, of Port Elgin, N.B. and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Chapman, Riverview, N.B. Several nephews, grand nephews and cousins survive also. Dear old pals still behind include Marcus Baum, Dick Fillmore, Al Keilty, Phil Herron, Art Mills, Duart McLean, Ken Mounce, Art Plante, Bill Walker and Warren Weeks. Some old pals who predeceased him were Hank Chambers, Tim Young and Ernie Wyton.
John enjoyed photography, music, being a railfan, camping, writing and reading. He loved to learn, was an engaging conversationalist and a good listener. He was energized by making others laugh. He collected kultch over the years, mostly paper items, believing that someday some of it will appear on the Antiques Roadshow and have great value. He participated willingly and with zest serving on various community and charitable organizations as well as fraternal clubs and other worthy causes. Kiwanis was a favorite. At his request, John’s body will be donated to science - the Dept. of Anatomy at the Dalhousie University medical department. Cremation will ultimately be carried out with burial at a later date in Windsor, N.S. Remembrances may be made to the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation or to any charity of the donor’s choice.
Special thanks to the Extramural team for their dedicated service and support. Arrangements are entrusted to Campbell’s Funeral Home, 89 Bridge Street, Sackville, N.B. (364-8188) with visitation on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A memorial service will take place at the funeral home, on Thursday, October 4 at 2 PM with Rev. Lloyd Bruce officiating.
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