Donald Joseph "Dan" Williams

7 January, 194822 April, 2021

Suddenly, after a long illness Donald passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the age of 73.

He was the son of John and Florence and loving stepfather Arthur Chiasson. He leaves behind brother Greg (Lillian), sisters Adele Carey (Louie Porier) and Cecelia Chiasson as well as many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Donald was a veteran of the Hamilton Fire Department for over 30 years. He was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus and held numerous positions. He was a longtime baseball coach in Hamilton for over 30 years, a passion that he loved especially with the youth. He was also a past member of the Hamilton Optimist Club where he served as President for two years in the mid seventies.

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Donald Joseph "Dan" Williams

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Katy Merling

8 May 2021

My condolences, Dan was a wonderful neighbour in the short time we lived on the same floor. I will remember our chats as his girl, Nancy, played with my dog when our paths crossed. He was a funny and kind man and will be missed.

Angela Saleta

2 May 2021

My heart is saddened to hear of Dan's passing. I met Dan in the parking garage one afternoon and offered my help with walking his sweet girl Nancy. Dan was witty, funny and was so very kind and sweet to me. We had some good conversations in the short time I knew him. I will miss him very much. My deepest condolences to his family; Cecilia whom I met did her best to help Dan in every way she could, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please hug Nancy for me.
Angela Saleta 🙏💜🐾

Mary Lou Gluck

30 April 2021

My deepest condolences to the family.
Dan was a great New York Yankees fan and I’m sure they will miss him.
Dan was a very good athlete as well, football, hockey and his real passion baseball. He coached and refereed as well as umpired for years.
Dan was a neighbour and family friend for 61 years, he coached my brother in baseball and taught me how to drive.
He had many coffees and tea with my parents.
I have fond memories of Dan and a few good laughs.
I know you were in pain for years, now you can rest. See your parents and brothers again.
You lived 5 lifetimes in 1.

Shawn Bishop

27 April 2021

I will be always proud and grateful that Dan roped me into the HDBUA while I was a teenager and from this I eventually worked my way up to Level 4 in the Canadian national umpire's baseball association, and worked the Canadian national midget division baseball championship in 2002, in Alberta. We had our fair share of umpire/coach arguments on the field (many of them "entertaining", to be sure). But he never held a grudge. And he always had my back on and off the baseball field. I am saddened by this news. I am also very happy, however, our life paths crossed during my formative years as a young teenager in Hamilton . Interacting with Dan during those formative years helped me develop a backbone for myself, for which I will always be grateful. Please: be sure they play the bagpipes loudly, and bang the drums slowly.
From Munich, Germany: Prof. Shawn Bishop, Technische Universität Munich

Chad & Maria Martin

27 April 2021

Our sincere condolences for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Remember your precious memories. They will get you through this difficult time.

Mike Rallo

27 April 2021

Danny, Tuesday morning coffee will not be the same without you.
May you Rest In Peace, my friend.

Bob & Eve Martin

26 April 2021 we got older we didn't see each other nearly enough.....lives get busy and go in different directions.......but we created many great memories in our younger years and that is what I will remember. Rest in peace my cousin.
Bob & Eve Martin

John and Cynthia Castiglione

26 April 2021

We have fond memories of Danny, particularly John, as he and Danny grew up together. He will be dearly missed and always in our thoughts and prayers.

John, Cynthia, and family

Linda and Eric Williams and Field

26 April 2021

Try to remember the good times as our life here on earth is short.

We hope you are happy and pain free now and happily reunited with your loved ones that have gone before you❤

Linda and Eric

Robert Kay

26 April 2021

We worked together at the Hamilton Fire Department for several years before he retired, he was always friendly and respectful I will remember him with fondness.