A LA DOUCE MÉMOIRE DE Berthold Garth Williams
Bert passed away on the morning of March 13th, 2023 at the Ottawa Hospital with family at his side. He was born in Prince George, B.C. to Garth Williams (deceased) and Anna (nee Mac) Williams (deceased). Bert is survived by Margaret (nee Lynch) his wife of 50 years, his much beloved daughter Maureen, his son Gregory (Saima), his cherished grand-daughters Dominique (Tyler), Nicole (Tanner) and his great grand-daughter Phoebe. He will also be missed by his brother Allan, his sister-in-law Mary (Merritt), niece Emma (Lionel), his nephew Dylan (Emily) as well as his grand nephews Damien and Jordan and his grand nieces Lilah and Sadie. Bert will also be remembered by his relatives in Michigan.
Bert served in the Canadian Military for 24 years. First in the army with the 8th Canadian Hussars and then in the Air Force as a photo technician. After leaving the military he worked for several years for the Corps Commissionaires.
In his spare time, Bert loved to read including books on military history and fantasy novels. He was also a Cub leader, enjoyed fishing, and building military figurines. As a sports lover, he was an avid fan of the Ottawa senators and spent many memorable hours watching his children, grand-daughters, and great grand-daughter play soccer.
Post-retirement, Bert and Margaret loved to travel together. They went on several trips and cruises. One special moment for Bert occurred when they visited Latvia, which was his mother’s homeland.
Towards the end of his life Bert faced several health challenges while continuing to maintain a positive attitude. During this time, he was supported by several health professionals. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and chaplains at the Ottawa Hospital (Civic and General campuses) for their kindness and care. We would also like to thank Dr. Quach Bert’s long time family physician.
A Wake is being held for Bert on March 22nd, 2023 from 7pm to 9pm at the Heritage Funeral Complex (1250 Trim Road) in Orleans. The funeral will be held on March 23rd, 2023 at 1pm at Divine Infant Church (6658 Bilberry Drive) in Orleans.
In keeping with Bert’s wishes donations to the Canadian Lung Association or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
Here’s to Bert always living on in our hearts and memories.
Bert was a wounderful brother who taught me about pride and honor and more importantly how to defend myself. I will miss him more than I can express. Thank you for all you have given to me.
My favorite memories were always sitting down with Bert and talking about hockey and Football! he will forever be in my memories and I truly will miss him. He was an amazing man and I am so grateful to be able to say that I knew him .
My deepest sympathies to Greg and Saima’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your memories of your husband, dad and grand father bring you comfort during these difficult times.
Dear Marg and family, so sorry to hear about the death of Bert. We always enjoyed the times together. Wish we could be there with you.
Love Paul & Elizabeth Heffernan, your cousins.
Sincere condolences, Marg and family. I have good memories of Bert and always felt honoured that, a half century ago, both you (an always special cousin) & he included me in your wedding party. Cherish your array of beautiful memories of the glorious journey of life you travelled together.
Dear Cousin Margaret and Family,
We send you our deepest sympathy, and appreciate that cousin Ab sent us the fine obituary; enjoyed reading about all the family,
as these big families are hard to keep track of. Our prayers are with you at what must be a sad and difficult time.
Gerry and Maureen White
Dear Greg, our deepest condolences to you, your mom and siblings. We are thinking of you.
Dear Marg, Maureen, Greg and your families,
I am so sorry to hear about Bert’s passing. We were neighbours since the beginning of our neighbourhood (40 years ago), and I have many memories of our times together – encouraging construction workers, street BBQ’s and breakfasts on picnic tables, playing in the « forest », birthday parties, musical get togethers and meals at George and Louise’s place, Ta Ta Titty Party, supply teacher, drinking « coffee » outside, Christmas cookie exchange……..
May you all find…
Strength from the love and care that surround you…
Comfort in the memories of all you shared…
Peace as you move forward with your loved one in your heart.