Richard 'Taffy' Williams
Born In: Wales
Born: May 31st, 1928
Passed in: Edmonton, Canada
Passed on: January 3rd, 2016
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Richard 'Taffy' Williams on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 87.
Born in Holyhead, Wales on May 31, 1928, he served in the Royal Navy and Trinity House before coming to Canada in 1956.
He joined the Royal Canadian Navy and it was during this time he met his “Darling Cariad”, Sadie at Venetian Gardens in Sydney, and the rest as they say, is history. Until recently, he was a long time resident of Southside Boularderie and had moved to Alberta to be closer to family.
He is survived by his wife, Sadie; children, Jane (Tom), and Wally (Norma); special niece, Rita (Ted); grandchildren, Amie, Todd, Jennifer, and his “Boyos”, Thomas and Michael; five great-grandchildren; sister, Doris (Jack); and sisters-in-law, Glenys, and Florence (John); and numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and abroad.
He was predeceased by his parents: Jane and Owen Williams; brothers, Joseph, Idris and Emelyn.
He enjoyed listening to big band, Frank Sinatra, classical music, Pavorotti, and the Three Tenors; his daily walks with his dog, reading a good novel, and watching Premier League Soccer. He was known for adopting dogs and cats and giving them a wonderful home. He loved his little piece of Boularderie Island and the house was always open to friends and family. His favourite saying was ‘It is not whether you win or lose, but that you participate'. He did indeed participate fully in life and those who knew him will always have special memories of shared time together.
Cremation has taken place in Edmonton. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Cape Breton.
Memorial donations in Taffy’s memory may be made to your local SPCA, Southside Boularderie Volunteer Fire Department, or the Cape Breton VON.
To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.