January 24th, 1931 ~ March 10th, 2016
Survived by his loving wife Marjorie Helen Garnons Williams (nee Ure) of 58 ½ years; children, Anne Calvert and Garry Calvert of Courtenay BC, David Williams and Nora Williams of Metchosin BC, Judy Williams and Jim Smith of Lantzville BC; grandchildren, Richard Calvert, Katey Calvert, Vanessa Williams, Rebecca Williams, Alexander Smith, Cassidy Smith; siblings, Frank Garnons Williams, Tom and Trudy Garnons Williams, Beth Jasper, Mary Henderson.
Dick was a unique character and a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was always willing to help out where needed and valued honesty in his relationships with family and friends. His wife was the love of his live, and he was hers. Much of Dick’s life was spent on the ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island as a commercial salmon fisherman. He fished for 55 years and was actively involved in fisheries politics and served several times as the president of the Pacific Trollers Association. He was involved in negotiating Canada/US fishing treaties and participated in Canada/Russia fishing talks. He kept his wit, personality and sense of humour right through to the end of his life – sharing many stories of his adventures on and off the sea. He coped with the devastating diagnosis of ALS with wry humour, honesty and gratitude to his wife and children for their support of his decision to stay at home in Comox.
We love him and he will be greatly missed.
Many thanks to the absolutely excellent health care providers in Comox who supported our husband, father and grandfather through his last year – we couldn’t have done this without your continued support and true caring.
A Celebration of Dick’s Life was held at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Road in Parksville BC. In lieu of flowers, please consider honouring Dick’s memory by making a donation in his name to the ALS Society of BC, 300 – 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2.
To send a condolence to the family please visit www.yatesfuneral.ca
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM
(1.877.264.3848) in care of arrangements.