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Fillmore & Whitman Funeral Home

8 Clyde Avenue, Sydney Mines, NS

OBITUARY

Wilbert Williams

November 30, 1950February 14, 2020
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Age 69, left this world in Neil’s Harbour, “the better rock”, on February 14, 2020. He was the son of the late Owen and Jean (Ingraham) Williams. His journey led him from his Cape Breton home to Saint Mary’s University (BComm ’74) to Revenue Canada. He, however, really embraced retirement back in Neil’s Harbour. His friends and colleagues found him to be loyal and trustworthy. His family knew him as a spirited and animated storyteller. His passion for politics often resulted in detailed and dynamic debate, where injustice was quickly recognized and called out. He was a sports fanatic, avid outdoorsman and a lover of music in its diverse forms. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Debbie (Ratcliffe); daughter Erin Ellison (Jon); son, Patrick Williams (Marc); grandchildren, Petra, Catrina, Neo, Demitra, Lilly and Dylan; brothers Fred (Jean) and Norman (Debbie); sisters Donna (Murdock), Yvonne (Dave) and Beth (Andrew); as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Neil’s Harbour at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th. Memories and condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting www.fillmoreandwhitman.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The family would like to thank the many who have eased the shock of sudden death, especially neighbours and first responders. This fine father, brother, uncle, cousin, husband, son and friend prepared us to see that you could be the change. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.” Go Huskies! Go Pack Go!

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Linda, Wayne & Caleb Wallace Burt

March 5, 2020

So very sad to hear about Wilbert. He was such a lovely man--so caring and kind. He played a mean game of croquet. We have many fond memories of spending time with him and the family in Wallace, especially. Here is a photo of Caleb and Wilb at Dick's 75th birthday celebration. Our thoughts are with you and you are always in our hearts. Love to you all. Linda, Wayne and Caleb xo

Alice Leither

February 20, 2020

Dear Debbie and family, our condolences to you and your family. I will miss our chats in messenger and I will say hello to him each time I'm at Rainbow Haven and the marsh . I know he loved that area.
He will be missed.

Anne Pollett

February 20, 2020

Dear Debbie and family,
Wilbert was such an incredible person. Someone, my father would have called a "gentleman and a scholar", but this was held in a unique package. He championed many causes both personal and political, and when I would visit you guys in the summer with Dustin, I was always amazed at the conversations, or should I say debates, that would be held around the kitchen table. Although we would playfully ponder what the cabbage dolls descending your staircase would wear, or how fragile a snow globe was, issues of rights and responsibilies, or religious beliefs were never far in the background. How many burgers were shared on the barbecue, or sloopy joes served, or how many times did we check to see what Corner had hidden somewhere. You guys sure loved your pets. All to the beat of Wilbert just a rockin' one of his chairs.
Mo sums it up the best- "We are simply heartbroken." We had thought we would see him so much more after our visit in Oct. And there was so much more to say...
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today,
We love you dearly,
Anne Pollett, Morris, Dustin and Declan Walker.

Anne Pollett

February 20, 2020

Dear Debbie and family,
Wilbert was such an incredible person. Someone, my father would have called a "gentleman and a scholar", but this was held in a unique package. He championed many causes both personal and political, and when I would visit you guys in the summer with Dustin, I was always amazed at the conversations, or should I say debates, that would be held around the kitchen table. Although we would playfully ponder what the cabbage dolls descending your staircase would wear, or how fragile a snow globe was, issues of rights and responsibilies, or religious beliefs were never far in the background. How many burgers were shared on the barbecue, or sloopy joes served, or how many times did we check to see what Corner had hidden somewhere. You guys sure loved your pets. All to the beat of Wilbert just a rockin' one of his chairs.
Mo sums it up the best- "We are simply heartbroken." We had thought we would see him so much more after our visit in Oct. And there was so much more to say...
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today,
We love you dearly,
Anne Pollett, Morris, Dustin and Declan Walker.

Louise Fitzgerald

February 19, 2020

Debbie and family,
Wilbert was and always will be a wonderful friendly funny smart man. I enjoyed our conversations about this or that and always felt I learned something from them.
My heartfelt sympathies

Janet Brush

February 19, 2020

Hello Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of Wilbert's death. You may not remember me, but I worked with Wilbert from 1980 to 91. I was invited to your home a couple of times, once to see his compost system. I was starting my first ever garden, and he gave me a lot of great advice. We often discussed politics at work - I was quite involved back then. He was indeed a fine man, and my memories of him are warm and affectionate.
Janet

Lloyd Henderson

February 19, 2020

We were next door neighbours in High Rise 2 at St. Mary’s University. We remember Wilbert and Debbie very fondly. You were always so helpful in taking care of our daughter Lindsay especially where we were both going to university. Our sincerest condolences to you Debbie and your family. Lloyd and Marg Henderson, Yellowknife, NWT.

Stephanie Gagne

February 19, 2020

My dear sweet Wilbie , who could ask for a better brother-in-law , through thick and through thin , you were always the Ratcliffe family’s constant . My heart is broken but so full of 50 years of wonderful memories . We were blessed to have you join our family and the bonus was we got to grow up with the rest of the Williams family .
We will do our best to honour your legacy by being there for Deb , Patrick and Erin , always .
Love you , Wilbie
Lots a love
Buffy
Xoxo

Sybil MacLellan

February 18, 2020

Debbie, Patrick, Erin & families..

Sending sincere condolences in the death of Wilbert.

Just from knowing him as little as I did, I know how very proud he was of his family.

And since moving back ‘home’ to Cape Breton, he seemed to be so happy and had so much living still to do!

Please know that Bill & I will have you all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Sincerely,

Bill & Sybil MacLellan
(Astral Dr)

Cindy Hahn

February 18, 2020

I met Debbie, Wilbert, Erin and Patrick after I met my husband in 2002. We spent Christmas Eve every year eating and laughing and making merry memories at Stella and Murray’s place then eventually at our home when our crowd got too big. It was truly like being around family, with warm hugs and thoughtful conversation. Wilbert always told the best stories in his soft spoken, purposeful way and was interested in anything you had to say. You will be missed by so many.

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