October 21, 1930 – October 14, 2009
Dr. John A. (Jack) Williams died at home peacefully and joined his Heavenly Father October 14th, 2009. Jack is survived by his loving wife Joyce; children Dr. Geoff Williams (Barb), Janice Finkbeiner (Jim); grandchildren Laurel, Connor, Claire, Wesley and Evan; siblings Jean Heavenor (Ken), Ruth Stinson (Doug), and Richard Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in Vulcan, raised on the family farm in Ensign Alberta, Jack graduated in Medicine at the U of A in 1955. Jack and Joyce were married in Moose Jaw SK in August 1955. After internship at the Calgary General they embarked on a medical mission with the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Jack was the Chief Medical Officer of a 100 bed hospital in Jobat, India from 1959 to 1963. He completed a Urology residency at UBC and returned to Calgary in 1969. He practiced Urology and from 1976-1991 was chief surgeon of the Renal Transplantation Program at the Foothills Hospital. He served as an Associate Professor of Surgery, President of the Foothills Medical Staff, a Chief of the Division of Urology, a Urologic Team Member of the U of C Infertility Clinic. He loved not only to teach, but to lead students to discover the joy of learning and was a keen lifelong learner himself. He was active in the formation of the Prostate Cancer Institute. In 2007, Jack was recognized by both the Calgary Medical Society for his outstanding service to the medical profession and given the Distinguished Service Award from the Faculty of Medicine.
He was an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church, serving on the Board of Managers and as an Elder. With the aid of many medical professionals and his deep faith, Jack met the challenges of prostate cancer with optimism, grace and dignity.
His great joys were his family, summers at Mara Lake and visiting Vulcan to check on his crop.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
A celebration of his life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Jack’s memory to Grace Presbyterian Church for the Jobat Residential School Fund 1009 – 15th Avenue S.W., T2R 0S5 or the Prostate Cancer Institute #100, 1011 Glenmore Trail S.W., T2V 4R6. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Dr. Jack Williams, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences