OBITUARY

Beverley Williamson

October 4, 1938November 5, 2020

With heavy hearts we share the news of the passing of our beloved Beverley Jane Williamson on November 5th, 2020 after a brief illness. Bev will be lovingly remembered by her sons Bruce (Melody), Greg and Jim (Amy). Cherished Nana to Glen, Jim, Rob and Jack Williamson. Dear sister of Sharon (Bruce) Vollick and loving sister-in-law to Ken Marks and Doug Williamson. Bev will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews, many of whom knew her as a second mother. Bev was predeceased by her beloved husband Bruce (2009) and dear sister Joyce (2020).

Bev was a life-long resident of St. Catharines and member of St. George's Anglican Church where she was active for many years in the Bishop Beattie Fellowship. Though she lived with the significant physical challenges imposed by multiple sclerosis for most of her adult life, Bev always maintained a positive and cheerful outlook and sought ways to bring others comfort and joy right through her final days. Simply put, Bev loved people and people loved Bev. After husband Bruce's death, Bev spent the later years of her life at Ina Grafton Gage Village where she thrived in her unofficial role as 'goodwill champion'. Still, Bev's greatest love was reserved for her family. For the better part of two decades, Bev never missed a game in summers spent in sun-scorched ballparks and winters in freezing arenas throughout Southern Ontario supporting her boys' athletic endeavours.

Once her boys got a little older, Bev returned to the work force in what can only be described as her perfect job...working in the Simpson Sears catalogue telephone ordering department. In contrast to the automated and relentlessly efficient e-commerce world of today, it's fair to say that Bev took a more 'personal' approach to customer service in which she would often spend time talking with customers (most of them she somehow knew!) about their kids, pets and other burning issues of the day before eventually getting around to taking their order. Whether it be family, friends or strangers, Bev had the special gift of always leaving people feeling happier than before they met.

Bev was never happier than when her extended family gathered together, whether it be for Sunday roast beef dinners, birthday and holiday celebrations, picnics at Queenston Heights or vacations in cottage country.

Our family is so grateful and appreciative for the loving and excellent care provided to Bev by the remarkable staff of 4A-NHS (St. Catharines) and Hospice Niagara who ensured Bev's final days were comfortable and filled with love and joy.

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Ken and Debbie Trotz (Nee Jane)

November 14, 2020

Bev's family of boys...running into Bruce the other day, I was very surprised to hear of your Mom's passing. Both your parents were great fun and my parents always enjoyed being their neighbours. One of my memories is when my Mom was hanging laundry out on the clothesline and singing Silent Night in July and Bruce Sr. shouting over to her "Merry Christmas Eva"! They all shared a great laugh! They were both wonderful people and although we know you will greatly miss your Mom, it is through wonderful memories like this one that will make you smile.
Please accept our sympathies and know we care.
Ken and Debbie

Robert Renaud

November 10, 2020

Bruce and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the lost of Bev. We saw her regularly at NIGGVillage when visiting our parents. She was always so positive and helpful.
She will be missed.
Jo-Anne & Robert

MARY LAGROTTERIA

November 9, 2020

Bruce,Melody and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you.Cherish the memories.Losing a family member is difficult so may you find peace.

David DeRocco

November 9, 2020

Never forgot the kindness your mom showed to me and my family when my mom was sick. Other than hearing my mom's "hiya honey" every time I saw her, the most memorable mom voice of my youth was your mom saying "hiya Cubby." Such a joyful smile and a happy demeanor, always inquisitive and genuinely interested. A wonderful woman and a great loss. We never lose the ones we love -- they exist in the fond recollections of times well spent, the laughs and the milestones. I hope you all have enough of those wonderful memories to keep your mom's generous spirit alive and active. Condolences to all who knew and miss her.

Doris Fraser

November 9, 2020

So sorry for the loss of your Beloved ....Doris Fraser ( member of St Georges Church)

Laurie Betts

November 8, 2020

I met Bev at Ina Grafton, she knew a lot of families that l knew from the North end of St Catharines. Through our chats l learnt that my brothers went to Gratham High with her boys. It always surprised me how many people Bev knew. Many times l would say “ Bev is there anyone you don’t know” it’s was always good for a chuckle. Bev will be missed by many friends at Ina Grafton. Rest In Peace My Friend
Laurie Betts

David Tupper

November 7, 2020

I was very sad to read the news about Beverly. As the pianist at the monthly St. George's services at Ina Grafton, I warmly remember arriving early to get ready and Joyce and Beverly would be rushing around getting song books, service leaflets and setting the altar up in ready for the service. The two brought people in and got them settled.
They appreciated my playing and I would work in Beverly's favourite hymn (In a Bulb There Is a Flower) as often as I could to see her bright smile!
I will miss the two sisters when the time comes we can gather together again at Ina Grafton.
Wishing the family peace,
David Tupper

Joan (Lawrenson) Anderson

November 6, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Bev's passing. I will always remember her boisterous laugh. I remember her and Bruce's engagement party at the lighthouse with both sides of the family, the hot dogs, marshmallows and the bonfire. She was the perfect fit for our Bruce and I hope they are together again.

Carmen Murphy-Cicin

November 6, 2020

Rick and I are sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Bruce. We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Rick and Carmen

Robert Johnston

November 6, 2020

Ruth and I send Our Heartfelt Condolences to the Williamson Family at this Very Sad time in Your Lives. God's Blessing to ALL the Family and Hoping All Stay Safe During These Troubled Times.

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