David WILLIAMS

David P. Williams was born on September 12th, 1932, in Montreal, Quebec, and, after a brief but difficult struggle with cancer, died on Saturday, October 8th, 2016, at the Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, B.C. He is survived by his Sister, Elizabeth Schieck (Kingston, Ont.), his Brother, Les Williams (Illa) (White Rock, BC) and many nieces and nephews and pre-deceased by his brothers, Francis and Raymond and his Mother, Marthe and his Father, Raymond Charles. David lived his childhood days in Beauharnois, Quebec, and then attended Montreal High School. And, it was in Montreal at the School of Fine Arts where he developed a life-long passion both for painting and sculpting. He went to Sir George Williams University, studied education and gained his teaching credentials as a French teacher at McDonald College. His vocation for the future was now set as he taught and was an administrator at Bishop College School and Stanstead College and then he taught French at Northfield Mount Herman School in Massachusetts. During his tenure at Stanstead, David enjoyed a sabbatical for a year by studying at Oxford University in the UK, where he gained an Advanced Certificate in Education. His final destination in his teaching career was Selwyn House School in Westmount, Quebec, where he spent more than a decade teaching French and, in later years, being a fundraiser and the Director of Alumni. David will forever be remembered by his many students for his French teaching but also for his genial, humorous and very lively personality which always brought smiles to their faces. Philanthropic activity and politics were keen interests of David. He was active in the Unitarian Church and the Liberal Party of Canada. And, he loved travelling the world and also sailing with his Brother, Les and Illa, off the BC coast and elsewhere. David will be missed by friends in Montreal, Toronto and White Rock, BC, where he eventually retired. At David’s request, there will not be a funeral service.


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