Jack Wilfred Williams
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May 30, 1922 – February 23, 2014
Jack Williams passed away peacefully in Saskatoon on February 23, 2014. Jack was born to Dave and Ella Williams in Nokomis, Saskatchewan on May 30, 1922. Leaving the dust bowl in 1929, the Williams family moved north to Lac Vert where Jack completed Gr. 10 in a two-room school. In October 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, receiving commissions as a Pilot, then Flying Officer in 1944. He later recalled his war-time service as a flight instructor as a high point in his life, and felt honoured to be interviewed and to find his biography posted on the website of thememoryproject.com. In June 1944, he married Dorothy Dahl of Naicam, and, following the war, they lived at Scott, Moose Range, and Melfort before settling in 1949 at Lac Vert to farm and to raise their five children. In 1965, they moved to Saskatoon where they were very involved in their local church. Here, the former instructor became a student again, attending classes at SIAST to be certified as a Stationary Engineer 4th class. After working at Extendicare and Market Mall, he served the Saskatoon Police Department as a power engineer in their new building until taking early retirement in 1980. Jack is survived by his children David (Darlene) Williams, Dianne (Peter) Weizman, Marlene (Perry) Reilander, Ron Williams; six grandchildren, Tracy (Gord) Hundeby, Trevor (Melissa) Reilander, Jeremy Williams, Bryan (Kendra) Williams, Rebekah Weizman (Matthew Ottewell), Jonathan Weizman; five great-grandchildren, Jireh and Seth Hundeby, Abbie, Amelie and Riley Reilander; brother Garnet Williams as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was predeceased by his father and mother, brothers Kenneth, Murray and Allan, son Donald (1971), and most recently by his devoted wife Dorothy (2010) after 66 years of marriage. Jack's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of House 9 at Veteran's Village, Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon, for their wonderful care of Jack, and for the honour accorded to him and to his fellow veterans in the sunset of their lives. A Celebration of Life will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1636 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, 4316 – 10 St. NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6K3. Arrangements are entrusted to Cheryl Carlson, MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200) www.mourningglory.ca
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Feb. 25 to Mar. 1, 2014