REV. DR. BRUCE WILLIAMS, MDiv, MD, CCFP, FRCPC Died peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre due to complications with lymphoma. Bruce was born in Duncan, BC to David Ricardo Williams, QC, (died 1999) and Laura Williams (died October 15, 2012). Bruce was a loving husband and best friend to Janet whom he married December 29, 1979. He was a faithful father to his 5 children: Dorothy (Jean-Sébastien), Katharine (Justin), Teddy, Timothy and Christopher and grandfather to William and François-Xavier. He was brother to Suzanne, Harry, Owen and Jonathan and uncle to 19 nieces and nephews. Bruce earned his medical degree from University of British Columbia (1973), his specialty in Psychiatry at University of Toronto (1987) and his Masters of Divinity from Trinity College (1992). Following this, he was ordained as a Deacon at St Jo hn's York Mills Anglican Church. Bruce and Jan lived in Whitehorse, Yukon (1979-1983) where Bruce worked as a family physician at Whitehorse General Hospital and Medical Clinic. In Toronto, Bruce was a psychiatrist at Youthdale Treatment Centre (1987-2012). During these years he also worked at Whitby Jail, Ministry of Correctional Services and Toronto Probation. While serving as a Deacon, Bruce was a passionate advocate of restorative justice. Bruce enjoyed gardening, playing the double bass (and washtub bass) and cooking robust meals for his family and the many guests whom he welcomed. He will be remembered as an exceptionally generous man. The family would like to thank loyal friends, colleagues and the Parish of St. John's York Mills for their prayers and support. Special thanks to Dr. Jim Parrish, family physician. Donations may be made to the Youthdale Foundation or Dismas Fellowship. Visitation will take place Monday, January 7, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at St. John's York Mills Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. also at St. John's. Online condolences may be made at newbiggingfuenralhome.com
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Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 5, 2013