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John Williams

Gunshi John Williams, 75, of Moncton passed away peacefully at The Holy Name University Medical Center in Tagbilaran City, Philippines on Saturday, March 28, 2015 with his loving wife at his side. Born in Moncton, he was the son of the late Edmond and Florence (D’Ambroise) Williams.
John was a Martial Art Specialist, attaining the rank of 8th Dan Black Belt, he was a designated Master and a master of his craft. He began teaching Jujitsu after opening his first school in the United States in 1963. He spent his life in the persuit of excellence. He touched and influenced the lives of many in his field through his teachings and his example. He held countless Seminars throughout the world, again touching even more individuals. He introduced MMA to Canada. He staged the first MMA fight in the USA. In his youth, he broke countless Canadian records in Body Building, Weightlifting and Boxing. His weightlifting team from 1958 was one of the best in Canada. Some of his records are still standing today. He won the coveted Mr. Moncton title in the late 1950’s. He entered the Guinness Book of Records in the mid ‘80’s after his ice-breaking event held at the then Cosmos in Moncton. John never retired. He worked at his craft to the very end. He was the founder of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in New Brunswick. In 2012, he became a member of the Canadian Amateur MMA Federation and named the Eastern Region Director. At the age of 70 he entered the Guinness Book of Records for a second time, being the oldest combatant ever to enter the ring in a Mixed Martial Arts event winning over his 49 year old opponent. He was involved in the Indian Movement and was known as a courtroom specialist on Native Treaty Rights. He labored at that venture for 9 years, again influencing the lives of even more individuals. John fought to the end because he never gave up, he was a fighter.
John was predeceased by his parents and one granddaughter and one grandson.
John will be sadly missed by his wife Marjan (Orbeso) in Philippine, his ex-wife and best friend Freda (Moncton), his sons, Tim, Wayne, Mike, Rick, Steven and John, all of Moncton, grandchildren Tim, Kyle, Christine, Adam, Nadia, Megan, Natasha, Ashley, Reese, Kendra, Kailey, Samara, Sabrina, Jessica, Eric, John, Brodie, Weston and four great-grandchildren, three sisters, Rita (Massachusetts), Aline and Loretta (Moncton), three brothers, Eddy, Andy and Ted, all of Moncton.
John is interred in the Philippines


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