Robert “Bob” Williams

Robert "Bob" Williams

June 4, 2018
It is with great sadness that our family announces the death of Robert (Bob) Williams, on the 4th of June, 2018. He died peacefully at the age of 89, in Alert Bay, BC. Bob leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Maxine, and his 9 children, (Katrina, Bryon, Clayton, Allan, Duncan, Edwin (deceased), Fenton, Krista, and Glynn. Two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Kristyn Huber, Branden Wesa, Michael Wesa, Matthew Wesa, Jayden Huber, Leah Huber, and many nieces and nephews. Bob was the youngest of 5 children, born into a well established Saskatchewan farming family (Joseph and Mary Williams) based near Attica, Sask. He was a man of many talents, and he could build or fix anything. He left the farm to work briefly in Toronto, where he had many different jobs, though he spoke with fondness of working for the Laura Secord company, which sparked a lifetime love of chocolates that he enjoyed eating until the day he died. Later, he signed on to work aboard the oil tanker (the Rincon Hills), and he became a merchant marine seaman. Bob had many stories he liked to share of his worldwide voyages. Bob moved to North Battleford, Sask., where he met and married Maxine, and took a job with the B.A. oil company. In 1956 they moved to Kitimat, BC. Still working for B.A. oil after 2 years, they came to the Island, settled briefly in Victoria, and then moved to their final home of 58 years, Alert Bay, BC. Bob worked for the B.A. oil marine station, and enjoyed meeting the many fishermen and mariners who would often be invited back to Bob and Maxine’s for a drink or two. Bob left B.A. oil in 1962, and went to work for the Alert Bay school district. He started as a janitor, and ended as a maintenance supervisor for the entire North Island. He, along with 3 others, were instrumental in forming one of the first unions within the Alert Bay School district, along with Ken Pickford, Don McWaters, and Barney Prestie. The union later became known as CUPE. The Alert Bay school district became School District 85. Bob worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Alert Bay Board of Trade, and the Lions Club. In his later years, Bob would often be seen having coffee, and sharing stories with his friends at Shoprite. He is greatly missed.

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