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Oshawa Funeral Home

847 King Street West, Oshawa, ON

OBITUARY

Cecil Ross Williams

March 12, 1925July 29, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Cecil Ross Williams on Wednesday July 29, 2020 in his 96 year, at the Wynfield Long Term Care Residence, Oshawa. Cecil was predeceased by his brothers Roy and Leslie and his sister Mabel as well as his youngest daughter Gail Gerrow. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Elizabeth (néé Bristol). Cecil will be dearly missed by his children, Jo-Ann Thow (Gordon), Christine Acton (Brooke), Andrew Williams (Wendy Murphy) and son-in-law Bill Gerrow. Poppa Cecil will also be missed by his grandchildren, Megan, Simon (Amanda), Sarah, Elizabeth (Adam), Rebecca (Bjorn), Luke (Rebecca), Annie, Ross and Neil. Cecil was great grandpa to Mila & Sadie, Kaden & Charlie, Aiden, Carly & Ellen, and Gavin & Everley. He is also survived by his half brother Dick (Joan) Pattenden, and half sisters Joanne Guest and Helen Langlois. Cecil was a private in the reserve army, Medical Corps, from 1942-43. In December 1943 he joined the Navy and on January 12, 1944 he left Toronto for basic training in Kingston. While in the Navy Cecil served as Officers’ Steward but during action he manned a depth charge thrower for anti-aircraft. When the war in Europe was over, Cecil volunteered for service in the Pacific and was discharged on March 14, 1946.

After WWII Cecil studied Architecture at Ryerson graduating as an Architectural Draftsman. In the fall of 1950 Cecil was hired by Pentland & Baker Architects where he assisted in the design of many schools and community centres in Southern Ontario. From 1967 to 1970 Cecil was the Clerk of Works for the construction of the new Oshawa City Hall. Following that contract he served as liaison between the architects, construction and hospital management at Oshawa General Hospital during the construction of the G Wing,. After the completion of the building project Cecil was hired by Oshawa General as Director of Hospital Services. Later he studied hospital management and was promoted to VP of Planning and Development. He retired in December 1990 after a highly successful and productive career. During his retirement Cecil and Mary were able to fulfill their love of travelling, by taking many, many trips abroad, to Florida and across Canada. During his retirement years Cecil volunteered at Parkwood Estate, utilizing his management and architectural skills to undertake responsibility for several refurbishing and renovation projects keeping to the strict historical requirements of this heritage site.

In addition to his countless hours devoted to Parkwood, Cecil has been a dedicated volunteer with many community organizations and charities over the past 70 years including Trustee for the Richmond Hill Board of Education, The Richmond Hill Junior Chamber of Commerce, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Oshawa. He coached baseball at the park level for his son’s team and also for the Oshawa Hospital Recreational Baseball League. Another project that Cecil assumed on his own time was to organize ‘Stop Smoking” education which he urged his employees to attend free of charge. Many staff have thanked Cecil over the years for the encouragement he gave them to quit smoking and ultimately improve their health. Cecil was truly a self-made man. Despite growing up poor during the Depression and suffering severe hearing impairment, which gradually worsened over the years, he was able to become successful on many fronts. Above all he was devoted to his wife Mary, his children and grandchildren and was a strong proponent of education as a means to success and self empowerment.

We want to thank the dedicated and hard-working care professionals at the Wynfield Long Term Care Home and especially the extraordinary Dr. Ngoc Nguyen who was Cecil’s physician. Special thank you to two wonderful and caring friends, Suzanne and Nancy, who provided so much love and support to Cecil during his stay at the Wynfield. Donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada or The Parkinson’s Foundation. Visitation will be held at Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) pm on Saturday August 1st from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

A celebration of Cecil’s life will be held on Saturday August 1st. Friends are invited to join the service via: https://www.distantlink.com/SCION6.html at 1:30 p.m.

Interment took place at Pinegrove Cemetery, Uxbridge on August 4th.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Family Service

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Jocelyn Siciliano

August 6, 2020

To Mary and the Williams family,

We are thinking of you all and extend our sincerest sympathy in your loss. Cecil was a kind man who achieved a great deal in his life and he was surrounded by a wonderful family and friends who cared deeply for him.

He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him.

Enzo and Jocelyn Siciliano
and family XOX

Elaine Matthews

August 4, 2020

We have many fond memories of Ceic and family at the cottage, home and their family farm. Ceic designed our cottage addition and deck. He was one of Dads best friends.
One funny memory was at their farm. Ceic got mom on their horse. She was on....then she was under... the saddle wasn’t tighten enough. 😂
Thank goodness she was fine and we had a good laugh.
R.I.P. Ceic, say hi to Mom, Dad and Sam for me!

Elaine and Randy Matthews

Julie Markham

August 4, 2020

Very sorry to learn of Cecil's passing. but glad to know it was peaceful. I appreciated learning about all of his accomplishments. His was certainly a life well lived.
I only knew it was going to be a fun dinner or cottage weekend when Cec and Mary were visiting mom and dad. Our dad Ralph enjoyed Cec's wise counsel on many a cottage project and entrepreneurial venture. They were great travel partners and lifelong friends. What I remember most of Cecil was his calm, kind demeanour - his easy laugh and the twinkle in his eye. sending all of the Williams much love Julie

Michelle Nichols

August 4, 2020

My sincere condolences. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Mr. Williams led an incredible life, made important contributions to his community and left a wonderful legacy.

Nancy Downes

August 1, 2020

Poppa C will be truly missed but forever in our hearts ... you said you were going to make me quit smoking and you did ... for that I will be forever grateful... I promised to make you a lobster bisque but I didn’t get the chance ... every time I get to enjoy one I will toast you ... so I learned today that Rye and a mix was your choice of drink with the fellows ... ours was Red wine and Cheezies ... I’ll take it ... by the way Poppa C I kept tabs on our poker games ... you owe me big time when we meet again ... Rest easy 🙏🏽

Hillary Hinchey

August 1, 2020

It was a great honour to care for such a wonderful man... aka... Dad!!! Cecil was the brightest spot to my days! He was a kind man who loved his family very much and those who loved him. I want to say thank you very much for allowing me to have the honour of taking care of such a wonderful soul! He’ll forever be in my heart! Cecil truly was a treasure!!! Sending Mary and the rest of the family my sincerest condolences! I’ll forever miss him!

Karyne Whalen

August 1, 2020

JoAnn and Gord and family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a life he lived. What a legacy you have to carry forward. Love and sympathies as you walk this journey. Karyne Whalen

Steve Scott

August 1, 2020

Uncle Cecil was the first person to introduce me to the power of self-talk and motivation. He told me about great thought leaders and shared the saying, 'whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.'

His positive impact on my mother (Lorna) and I was incredible. I still carry the lessons he shared with me.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone, who was fortunate enough to know and love him.

Steve, Lindsay and Zane

heather peter

August 1, 2020

CEC WILLIAMS WAS A GREAT LEADER AT OGH AND PARKWOOD ESTATE . ENJOYED PLAYING BASEBALL AND HAVING A GOOD LAUGH . HE ALWAYS TRIED TO GET ME INTO HIS QUIT SMOKING CAMPAIGN AND I REMINDED HIM OFTEN THAT I NEVER STARTED SMOKING. HE NEVER GAVE UP. ALSO ENJOYED WOKING WITH JO-ANN AND GORD ON THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS ''breath of life" dances with CHFI Don Daynard

HEATHER AND BILL PETER ( HEATHER A NURSE AT OGH)

Daniel MacNeil

August 1, 2020

I was very happy to read about Cecil’s life and discover how accomplished he was! It was a great pleasure to know him!
As his Dietary Aide he wasn’t always sure what to decide on for meals- so he was my first resident I started making a “Mélange” of choices on his plate! Thinking I was the Cook, he did his best to eat everything I served him-even if it was too much!!! He didn’t want to upset the cook!! Always thinking of others! Well now we think of him!
I am happy to say that I now serve a “Mélange” to other residents who want choice because he was so receptive and lived the idea!
My condolences to his family, it was a pleasure to be of service to family!

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