Shannon Mervyn (Merv) WILLIAMS
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WILLIAMS, Shannon Mervyn (Merv)
1977 - 2016

It is with profound sadness that on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the Ottawa Heart Institute, Heather and Merv lost their son of 39 years. He peacefully succumbed with his whole family by his side to the many health challenges that his heart and body ultimately could not endure. Forever loved by his son Brayden, twin sisters Alyssa (Marc) and Mandi (Patrice), grandmother Audrey, great-aunt Marilyn, goddaughter Nova, devoted friend Alma, his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and colleagues. Amongst his many attributes as a comedian, writer, musician, educator, salesman, (a very bad goalie), Shannon (Merv) had an amazing passion and love for the radio business and his time as an announcer and producer at CHOM/CJAD/MIX 96 was very special to him. He touched a great many people and will be fondly remembered as a man with a big heart and a great sense of humour! A celebration of Shannon's (Merv) life will be held at Yves Legare Funeral home located at 7200 Newman Blvd, LaSalle Quebec H8N1X2 ( on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ottawa Children's Hospital

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jul. 16, 2016.
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36 entries
August 10, 2020
I knew Merv from my days at John Abbott when he was doing college radio with Lorne Glazer. He was always such a nice guy. I remember hearing him do the Trivia show on CJAD and calling in a few times, but I don't listen to radio like I used to. I'm sorry I didn't find out sooner. He went much too young.
Alex Lavergne
August 18, 2017
Very strange - I was walking in my garden and suddenly thought of Shannon, whom I haven't seen since he was about two - before the twins were born. I lived in Montreal during the 1970s (Anne Steele then) and knew Heather and Merv, but we lost touch years ago. My oldest son Oliver was about six weeks older than Shannon - 40 in Feb. I don't believe in spooky stuff, but Googled his name and was so very sorry to find him here. Please accept my deepest condolences. I'm on Facebook if you want to get in touch - I don't really want to put my email address on here. Love to you all. Anne x
Anne Polhill Walton
July 16, 2017
I hope Swervin Merv is making them laugh in Heaven. Cannot believe that he has been gone for over a year now. I hope his son and family have found some peace and find comfort with each other and the memories that they share. I worked at Wendy's with him, he was so funny and kind, a good guy to have on your side. RIP buddy xox
Stephanie S
December 10, 2016
I met Merv a few years ago when we were in the same comedy-writing class. Great guy. I remember him as being very sweet and funny. So sorry to hear of his death. May he rest in peace.
Lili White
July 30, 2016
Merv was a good guy who lit up when he spoke about his son. He referred to "McGoogans" enough that you had to think for a second to remember his real name. His love for radio was admirable and appreciated, and his quick, dry wit left us all laughing. Thank you Merv. xo
To Brayden, his parents, sisters, family and friends, may the good memories help when you need them.
Sharon Hyland
July 27, 2016
To the Williams Family,
Very sorry for your loss. May Merv rest in peace.
Olga Gazdovic
July 22, 2016
Merv, will always be the man of my life, he will always be the one that got away from me. You were the one that taught me how to live my life without anyone to pressure me, Taught me that it doesn't matter what people think of me. I will always think of you when someone gets your favourite food (McDoubles with tomato, lettuce and mac sauce) I will remember how affectionate your sweet little pecks were and your little love taps you considered as a hug. I will remember our adventures in Wal-Mart and Costco. I even had that security guard trained to tell me where you were in Wal-Mart. I will always have you in my heart and my soul. Merv, my love, till we meet again... I hope that every comedian up there is treating you nicely, and is making you laugh, with that little chuckle you had. Keep on smiling baby!
Alma Keuhl
July 22, 2016
Merv and Heather:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Shannon. The tributes to him in this guest book speak to the impact he has had on friends and family alike. We can all only hope to leave such a lasting and positive impact on those who we touch in our lives. I hope your grief is tempered by this outpouring of admiration.
Laurie Gauthier
July 22, 2016
Gone way too soon. Deepest condolences to all of Merv's family and all those who were part of his life.
Lorne Glazer
July 21, 2016
I am so very sorry for you loss. I worked with Merv at CJAD radio. He was always smiling and always willing to help people out. He definitely loved working at the station. We lost him far too young. Please accept my condolences.
Lisa Dutton
July 20, 2016
I didn't know Merv that well, but as one of his defenceman at Saturday night pick-up hockey over the last couple of years, I had the privilege of personally being responsible for at least half of the goals scored against him. While he might not miss my horrible defensive play, I will truly miss his good humour at Hockey Night in Kanata.
Scott Wilson
July 20, 2016
To Merv's family and close friends: On behalf of the Saturday Night mixed hockey group, we are very sadden by the news of Merv's passing. Though he was new to the group last season, he fit in so well like he was there for years. Thank you for letting us get to know such a great person.
Kristy & Ed Cairns
July 19, 2016
I liked Merv
Jim Copson
July 18, 2016
So sorry to hear of Merv's passing. I didn't know him personally, but thoroughly enjoyed his fantastic sense of humour and gentle humble side when he was on the radio. RIP Merv and my sincerest condolences to all near and dear to him.
Kim Morrison
July 18, 2016
Ahhh Merv....You are gone far too soon..... I knew you for a short time, but so glad I got to meet you! We had lots of laughs and we got each others sense of humour lol... I'm so glad you came in that day a few weeks ago so I could give you a big hug. You always brought a smile to my face just being in your presence. You will be missed but never forgotten. We shall meet again one day... I will save some fish crackers for you! xx
Lori Pion
July 18, 2016
I'll really miss you Merv. Thank you for our time together
Mike Babins
July 18, 2016
So funny, so caring, so down to earth and kind. Merv will be missed. My condolences.
Whitney Quail
July 18, 2016
A great guy who left us way too soon. Merv was a great guy to hang around with and talk about comedy during those late Friday nights at the CJAD studios. He was one of the unsung heroes of the Montreal radio scene over the past 15 years. You are certainly going to be missed, Merv.
Stuart Nulman
July 18, 2016
Gone too soon Mustang Merv. Enjoyed our car talks, You were one in a million for sure.
Lisa Christensen
July 18, 2016
I know Merv for his quick wit, hearty laugh, soft heart and enviable talent. My heart is broken. Sincere condolences to his family. Miss you, buddy.
Debbi Marsellos
July 17, 2016
Kellianne Legg
July 17, 2016
My deepest & sincerest condolences to Merv's family. I liked Merv very much. Not only was he a super kind & funny guy; he also had a sensitive side that not many knew. I am honored to have known Merv. May his lovely soul forever rest in peace. I pray for all of you mourning Merv's passing. May the love & comfort from family & friends feel like a warm blanket around you, knowing you are not alone.
Roberta Shaffer
July 17, 2016
Way too early; Merv' loved his Mustangs and laughing; will miss him
Murray Sherriffs
July 17, 2016
One week ago we said goodbye to one of the greatest people I've ever met. Merv was apart of the family and will be missed forever. 'Uncle' Merv brought so much love and laughter to our home and hearts. Any memory I can think he was there whether it was walking in our door just as dinner was being placed on the table, birthdays, taking hours helping Storm out together toys on Xmas eve, taking crazy adventures to museums or events going on around the city during holidays where we would have to stand in line and find our way through crowds of people. His love for hockey, cars, girls, music, Wal-Mart, McDonald and late night walks always mad for great stories. Our home will never feel complete now that he's gone. His room in our basement or spot on the couch, the lack of fake diet drinks in the fridge. We love you forever Uncle Merv. I hope you continue to filling people hearts with laughter until we meet again.
Kellianne, Storm, Nova and Logan (Goggies) Dallas
July 17, 2016
Merv was an amazing guy. I had the privilege of learning from and working with him he tought me a lot about radio and he was there for me when I was let go he was a heck of a man and a great friend to have.

Sleep well my friend RIP Bud
Jason Cortese
July 17, 2016
Very fond memories of my son's(Chris Devereaux) good friend Merv. It was always amusing how he & our cat Teddy
would interact. He will be dearly missed.
Daphne Thornhill
July 17, 2016
I met Merv when I moved to Montreal in '99. He was always a kind, sweet person to me - with a great sarcastic edge. My very deepest condolences to those he leaves behind. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Merv was irreplaceable and will be missed.
Nat Lauzon
July 17, 2016
I was shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. I remember the fun times working on the Finnegan quiz show with him. And working on Remotes at jazz fest. Rest in Peace.
Paul Mullen
July 17, 2016
I am totally shocked to hear the news about the passing of my friend as well as my former work colleague Merv Williams. I worked with him many years at CJAD, Mix (now Virgin) 96 & CHOM. He had an extraordinary sense of humour & shared many laughs. Merv was also extremely talented and I remembered he would work so many hours at a time. He loved his work at the radio stations and he would always go to bat for the people who knew him and worked with him.
Merv is now on stage up above looking at us from heaven and telling us stories that will make us smile and laugh. You will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends, & loved ones. My heart & thoughts shall be with all of you during this very difficult and painful time. Rest In Peace my good friend!
Sheldon Fried
July 17, 2016
Miss you buddy! Thanks for all the fun times! Rest in peace friend!
July 17, 2016
Merv was such a bright light on CJAD - always a joy to listen to and with the best laugh ever. So sad to learn of his passing. Deepest condolences to his family whom he spoke so fondly of.
Rest in peace, Merv - in the arms of the Angels.
Maureen Brewer
July 17, 2016
My sympathies to his family. We used to work together. Had many laughs and shared some good times. I used to listen to him on the radio. Facebook was a good way to keep in touch since he moved away. When I read the news I was stunned. So sad, he had so many more jokes to tell. R.I.P
Tara Provost
July 17, 2016
Dear Heather and Merv:
How sad to learn of the loss of your dear son Shannon. It is obvious from reading about him that he was a talented, funny and well loved man. Life seems so unfair at times like this but, hopefully, the impact he made while he was here will comfort you in his absence. Our deepest sympathy to the Williams and Cunningham families.
Peggy and Mike Sheppard
St. Lazare
July 16, 2016
i went to Cecil Newman with Shannon and am very sorry for his family's loss. He was an awesome human being back then and I'm sure he continued to the bubbly personality we knew him to be.
Melissa Dalgleish
July 16, 2016
Merv was a such a bright light whenever he would venture into the CJAD newsroom. Always with a joke, funny story. A true personality that will always be remembered.

Margoe Edwards
July 16, 2016
My sincere condolences to Merv's family. I've known Merv since our days at Cecil Newman and then through high school. We had reconnected a few years ago when he moved to Ottawa. Always quick with a joke, what I'll remember most about him is his wicked sense of humour and how kind he was. He will be missed and is gone way too soon.
Sharon-Ann Lloyd
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