Edward Williams

Edward Brian Williams, born on December 21st, 1945 to be the son of Gertrude Hazel and Anthony Francis Joseph Williams, peacefully passed away at the age of 75 on January 25th, 2021 in Chatham, Ontario.  As the son of a CN Rail Engineer, his family primarily lived in remote towns throughout Northern Ontario, finally settling down in Barrie where he met his bride-to-be, Rosemary Florance Keast.  He fell in love, married at 19 years of age and together began their journey as husband and wife.

During childhood, he learned to build go-karts with his father, raced competitively and introduced his daughters and their families to the sport including Indy and F1 Racing.  He was a history buff and enjoyed any opportunity to discuss politics. 

A  Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, he joined the Militia at age 17 as a Cadet. He was recruited by Firestone Tires soon after, which led to a successful career as a local entrepreneur and businessman.  He became the owner of a Texaco gas station on St. Clair Street followed by the Texaco Distribution Centre in Chatham. 

He refused to compromise his self integrity and taught his family to do the same. Dad gave advice whether we wanted to hear it or not and stressed family values, confidence and honesty. He enjoyed one on one moments teaching us everything he knew.  Well done Dad.

Throughout his life, his priority and commitment was always to his family. Dad is survived by his loving wife Rosemary of 55 years, daughters and sons-in-law Deanna & Marino Favretto and Cathy & Dale Turner. Proud Papa to his grandchildren Hannah & Mary Turner and Tony & Joey Favretto.  Also survived by his sisters-in-law and their families, Joyce & Barry Jubenville (Kyle, Shayna and Jeremy) and Diane Keast & Jackie Gatenby (Chris and Sheri).  Predeceased by grandparents Bertha & Henry Deevy, in-laws Mary & Howard Keast.  Thank you to Dr. K. McCulloch, Dr. P. Parry and Dr. Q. Tran.

Cremation has taken place, private family service to follow at Arnold Cemetery in Chatham.  Donations may be made in Dad’s memory to The War Amps

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Rest in Peace Dad.



16 Comments on “Edward Williams”

  1. Dear Rose, Deanna, Cathy and families,

    Our deepest condolences go out to all of you.
    Ed was always smiling and always asked about my mom whenever he’d be in for an appointment.
    I will miss seeing him.

    Sincerely, Lori, Carl, Lynn and Garrett

  2. Dear Rose & Family- Ed worked for me for several years. Over the years I have had many employees. He was one of the best. We always had a laugh . A gentleman respected by me and my customers. He will be missed. Charlie McDonell ( Retired McDonell Home Furnishings)

  3. Rose and family. Ed was a good friend for a long time. Haven’t seen him in a few years, but thought of him often. R.I.P. my friend.
    Gerry Primeau

  4. Cathy & Dale, and the Williams family,

    Marvin and I have known Ed for many many years. He was one of the good guys.

    Our condolences to all Eds family and friends

    Marvin and Sandi Turner

  5. To the Williams Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Ed was an amazing Texaco rep and we all have very fond memories of Ed sitting down with mom and dad at the kitchen table periodically and talking about the business. He was not only a representative, he was a great friend who supported our parents throughout their business venture at Porky’s Corners. Take Care, Fred (and Carol), Jim (and Pam), Patti (and Ron) and David.

  6. Rosemary and family, you have lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and we have lost a wonderful friend. Ed was one of a kind- serious, kind, caring, tough (when it was needed) loving and compassionate. Always willing to lend a hand and keep us grounded. Although we have not seen him for a couple of years, due to illness, in both families, he has always had and always will have, a special spot in our hearts. We love you both so much, and are always just a phone call away. One Day at a Time he touched and enriched so many lives. Love and Prayers to you, Cathy and Deanna and their families. Until we meet again dear friend, RIP. Bob and Cathy

  7. Cathy and Dale
    Please accept my sincere sympathy for your recent loss. May the joyous memories fill your hearts during this difficult time.
    Very sincerely, Brian Preston

  8. Rose, Deanna, and Cathy (and Families)

    My heartfelt condolences to you all. Ed was a great man who adored his family! He spoke often about all of you, throughout our Texaco years. He will be sadly missed! Hugs to all!

  9. Deanna, Marino and the family

    Our deepest condolences on your loss.
    Remember the good times and struggles, and the lessons our parents taught us through those.
    That made you the wonderful people you are today.
    Our parents live on in us and in the great kids you have raised.

  10. Deanna, Marino, Tony and Joey,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Keep him in your hearts and know that he will be keeping watch over you all.

    Sending you love and prayers,

    Steve, Barb and family

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