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ERNEST JOHN WILLIAMS (published on October 16, 2010)



ERNEST JOHN WILLIAMS May 20, 1922 October 10, 2010 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather on October 10, 2010 at the age of 88. Dad was born a stubborn Welshmen on May 20, 1922 in Ammanford, South Wales to Harry William and Sarah Anne Williams. When Dad was two his father immigrated to Canada looking for work and setting up house in Brooklands. At the age of 19, Dad joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles (Little Black Devils) and was sent overseas to England where this self-proclaimed loner met and married a shy little English girl after only three months of courting. Dad brought this little English girl, his shy war bride back to Canada and they built themselves a house in Brooklands where he and mom raised seven children and numerous foster children. In 1950 Dad started working for C.P. Rail, Weston Shops as a Carman, retiring after 32 years of service on June 7, 1982. In 32 years of work he never missed a day. Dad had an incredible work ethic which he passed on to all seven of his children and grandchildren, and for that we are very grateful. When Dad retired he moved himself and mom to Winnipeg Beach and built his second home on the very site of his parents' old summer cottage where he grew up and we kids would also grow up. Every summer when school let out Dad would strap the refrigerator to his back, load it on top of the station wagon then pile mom and all of us kids in, and this was after he got off his evening shift at the C.P.R., then he would drive us all out to Winnipeg Beach for the summer. We spent every summer there with the exception of a couple summers which were spent on our boat the Spoonbill which he took from under the Louise Bridge at Buchanan Marina all the way to Gimli Harbour, he had never captained a boat in his life but he did this with greatest of ease. The Spoonbill was a sunken, greasy coast guard boat which dad completely overhauled from top to bottom. He was very proud of this accomplishment. He used to tell us it was the fastest boat on the lake and once pulled 18 water skiers. Dad had many great accomplishments in his life: he could make, build or fix anything, but his greatest accomplishment was his family, his family was what he was most proud of, he once said, that his family was what he lived for. When we were all together, all 38 of us, he would say Mother look at the bunch we've created. Well, thank you Dad and Mom for creating this bunch. Left to forever cherish Dad's memory are his loving wife of 66 years, Jean (nee Brackston); daughters, Sheila (Gerald), Nancy (Brian), Wendy (Jim); sons, John (Alice), David (Susie), Tom (Pat) and Jeffery. Grandchildren, Pamela (Bill), Jason (Jaquie), Daniel, Kyra (Kelly), Matthew (Allison), Bradley, Samantha, Christopher, Terra and Tina. Great-grand-children, Andreas, Vasilios, Nicholas, Brandon, Ainsley, Ethan, Ella, Hailey, three week old Brody; and one sister Murial Crosbie of Richmond, BC. Dad was predeceased by his infant child, John; his mom and dad, Sarah and John Williams; sisters, Phyllis, Nancy, Joyce; and his only brother Charlie; along with his beloved Pom Spot, who I am sure at this very moment is enjoying a long awaited belly rub. We would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Debra Wirtzfeld in whom dad had the utmost confidence in and the staff at CancerCare Manitoba, along with Dr. R.C. Patel, the nurses at Gimli Community Health Centre, and the nurses and health care workers who came to the house, for the kindness and respect they showed for our dad and our mom over the last few weeks. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the Johnson Hall, 94 - 1st Street, Waterfront Centre in Gimli, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire donations can be made to the Gimli Humane Society at P.O Box 1999, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0. Thank you Dad for your unconditional love and all the memories you've created for us. You tried so hard to be the tough stubborn Welshmen but I'm pretty sure we cracked ya. We'll miss you forever and love you always, save a place for us. Mom and your bunch of 36. Live well, love unconditionally, laugh lots because life is too short not to. Cheers Dad!!!!! NEIL BARDAL INC. FUNERAL CENTRE (204) 949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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