Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS


Christine Claire Williams

July 22, 1962August 22, 2019

WILLIAMS, Christine Claire

Age 57, of Halifax, passed away peacefully, with husband Bill by her side, on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the QE II Health Sciences Center. Christine will be greatly missed by her husband William (Bill) Laurence and son Evan, Halifax; sisters Stephanie Coffin (Dave), Fredericton and Erika, Halifax; Parents-in-law Patricia and Steven Osterman of Trois-Rivières; Sisters-in-law Kelly Laurence (Jeffrey Barta), Oshawa and Jennifer Osterman (Bayard Whittall), Miami; Brothers-in-law Michael Osterman, Trois-Rivières and Bradley Osterman (Mélanie Frégeau), Beaconsfield; Nephews Eric Coffin (Andrea McAnany), Fredericton and Alex Coffin (Hope McLeod), Edmonton; Nieces Hazel Barta and Emma Osterman; Nephew Alexander Osterman; Great-nephew Gavin Coffin; Great-niece Jenna Coffin; as well as uncles, aunts and cousins in Canada, Spain, and Germany. Christine was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Renate (née Selbstaedt) Williams.

Following receipt of a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of King’s College, Christine began her career at the Times-Transcript in Moncton. Christine ultimately returned to university studies and obtained a Master in Library and Information Studies degree from Dalhousie, following which she enjoyed a lengthy career with Maritime Telephone & Telegraph (later Bell Aliant). Christine was known for her positive outlook, one she maintained despite longstanding challenges associated with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

She had an affinity for cats, chocolate, the German language, mystery novels, and flower gardens. Above all, Christine will be remembered for her love of family.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life is being planned, with details to be communicated to family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.

The family expresses its appreciation to the physicians, nurses, and staff of the Halifax Infirmary site for the treatment, care and support Christine received during her final days.


13 October

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street
Halifax, NS B3K5C9


Christine Claire Williams

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Lisa Beaumier

September 7, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the unexpected loss of your wife, Christine.
Don't let go of your precious memories of her, as they will get you through this difficult time.
My sincere condolences go out to you, Evan and your family.
Lisa Beaumier

Pam Turpin Demone

September 3, 2019

So sorry to have read about Christine’s passing. I had the good fortune to work with her over the years at MT&T. She was a thoughtful, kind person with a quiet humour which I enjoyed. We bumped into each other a few times over the years since, when time only permitted a quick chat, but always parted with a smile remembering the special times we enjoyed as work-friends. My deepest sympathies.

Martin Hubley

September 3, 2019

Bill, Evan, and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and Christine's passing. My sympathies and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

LeRoy Baltus

August 30, 2019

Dear Erika and Stephanie and family,
My condolences to you both and to Christine's husband and son. I am so deeply sad that Christine has passed away at such a young age. Praying that you all have the strength and peace you need during this very hard time.
My sympathy and love to all of you,
Uncle LeRoy

Elaine Harvey

August 30, 2019

Dear Stephanie and Erika,
I am so sad to hear of Christine's passing. My memories of her are as a sweet happy little girl visiting us in Ontario. Time has passed too quickly and she has been taken far too soon.
My deepest condolences to both of you for losing your little sister and also to Christine's husband and son for their heartbreaking loss. Praying for peace for all of you during this very sad time.
Your cousin, Elaine (Baltus) Harvey

Annelore and Silke Selbstaedt and Merayo

August 29, 2019

Dear Bill , Evan , Stefi, Erika and family,

We are very sorry and schocked by the news of Christine´s sudden death. We know she was very sick and had both hips broken but never thought this.

We can only send our condolences in these hard times and a very strong hug for the whole family and especially for her son Even her husband Bill .

At least, her loved people have been able to be with her, supporting her in the last days, and giving her the love an support that will have done her much good.

We have nice memories of Christine from the years we lived in the US as childs and we were going to visit you in Moncton and, the bautiful familiy reunion of the year ´92 where we all had such a good time toghether.

Every time, I will look the glass star she gave me she was there some years ago, I will feel that she is there in company with her mother Renate and her father Donald taking care of all her dear people.

Christine will always live in our memories and hearts.

Annelore, Dirk, Silke and families

Barb King

August 28, 2019

Dear Bill and Evan,
I was so very sad to hear of Christine's passing. We were colleagues at MT&T/Aliant and we kept in touch. Christine was a very special person. She always had a positive attitude despite her health challenges and she was all about maintaining and strengthening connections with her family and friends. Please accept my sincere condolences as you face your great loss.
Barb King

Michael Williams

August 28, 2019

Christine and I were baptized together as children, her Dad Don was my Godfather and my Father's brother. Christine also shared my Mom Claire's name as her middle name. We both have a child age 15, and she married a man named William who shares my Dad Bill's name as well.
I always felt a deep connection to Christine but grew up separated by several thousand miles, as I grew up on the west coast and in Alberta. It was my hope to meet her family and introduce her to mine. I hope that she is able to be rejoined with my Aunt Renate and Uncle Don as well as others from the Williams family that have passed before her. My brother James is also in heaven and it is my hope that they get to meet each other.

Attached is a picture of her three Uncles on her Dad and my Dad's side of the family. From left to right, Uncle Doug, Uncle Bill (my Dad) and Uncle Tommy. Uncle Tommy passed in the Korean War as he had dual citizenship and fought with the US Marines in Korea.

Cousin Michael G. Williams

Sigrid Dempsey

August 27, 2019

Dear Bill and Evan,
I am so very sorry ...
It was a shock to see an email message from "Pat," your mother , via Steve, sharing the unexpected, SAD news of Christine's passing last Thursday .....
It is hard to believe how many years have passed since I saw you two together - at the Lake - happy and carefree. ( Some of us have grown old.)
Bill, you and Christine, as parents to Evan, apparentlty shared some happy quiet years somewhat removed from the Osterman gatherings back in Trois Rivieres - which I also missed.
I did have news indirectly and often thought that Christine's condition must have challenged everyone and every aspect of your daily life . In my thoughts, I admired Christine for remaining optimistic and hoped that there would be a suitable donnor... One cannot give up hope until it is impossible.
I also heard good things about Evan and imagine that he is growing into a mature young person with interests which his mother shared and encouraged. It will be a way to connect with her as he continues...
While there is no right time for a young life to end, there is peace in knowing that the person you loved is no longer suffering. You will find real comfort in that knowledge and the love of family and friends. In Evan, you two will always have a connection with Christine that remains with you.

With love and sympathy,
Sigrid Dempsey

Cindy and Larry Rodgerson

August 27, 2019

Dear Erika
I am very sorry to hear of your sisters passing. Your family has suffered great loss with this horrible disease. Be gentle with yourselves at this difficult time. Our deepest condolences.