ALBERT (BERT) GORDON WILLIAMS March 1, 1921 - February 14, 2013 Passed away peacefully, with his children by his side, at Toronto East General Hospital. The Williams family would like to thank the doctors and caring staff at Toronto East General Hospital for their help and support. Bert was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary (Farintosh) and his son Daniel. Loving father of Peter (Gloria), the late Dan (Marianne), Janet (Rick), Robert (Susy) and David (Nada). Cherished and highly respected grandfather of Emily (Adrial), Christine (John), Jimmy, Michael, Jake, Elissa, Coco (Alex), Yasmine, Gregory, Alison, Stephanie and Elie (a.k.a. Bob). Survived by his sister Lenore "Boody" Hughson of Baltimore, Ontario and predeceased by his half-sister Clarice Muriel Sager of Penetang. Bert began his 42 year career in the printing industry as a production assistant with Consolidated Press in 1940. He left the company on leave to proudly serve in the Navy during WWII as a wireless operator on the HMCS Moose. On his return from the War, he continued his career with Consolidated Press, which was purchased by Southam Printing which then later became Southam-Murray Printing. Throughout his long successful career he held many titles including Sales Manager, Production Manager and General Manager. He always approached his work with enthusiasm and innovation and implemented many leading edge technologies in the rapidly evolving printing industry. Bert spent his entire life living in the "Beach", offering him the opportunity to be near the water and boardwalk he so dearly cherished. Remarkably, he lived independently at his home until early this year, shy a couple weeks of his 92nd birthday. You often found Bert, sitting on the veranda, reading or listening to classical music. He was a kind man who will always be remembered for his intelligence, generosity, great story telling, warmth and true family values. Bert's most valuable treasure in life was his family of which he was very proud. This wonderful patriarch will never be forgotten and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial service, in celebration of his life, will be held at St. Aidan's Anglican Church on Saturday, April 13th at 1 p.m. followed by beverages and a light lunch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Award. Named in honour of Mary, Bert and Dan Williams, this award will support the creative and innovative use of information technology by family doctors in the delivery and coordination of health care. Donations can be made online at http://bit.ly/15bzgyf or by contacting: The Research and Education Foundation of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2630 Skymark Avenue, Mississauga, ON L4W 5A4. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 1-800-387-6197 ext. 244 or ext. 390.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2013