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WILLIAMS, Rev. Ross Samuel

April 12, 1933 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
January 21, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Ross Samuel Williams, beloved husband of Maureen (nee Davidson) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 85 years.

Ross was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1933, graduated from Kelvin High School in 1950, completed three years of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, and graduated from United College in Winnipeg in 1960 with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity. Ross received his Masters of Sacred Theology from the University of Winnipeg in 1987.

After ordination in 1960, Ross was called to minister at Roblin United Church, followed by callings to Central United Church (Calgary) in 1964, John Black Memorial United Church (Winnipeg) in 1967, Scarboro United Church (Calgary) in 1978, and Westminster United Church (Regina) in 1981.

During his ministries, Ross focused on outreach and support to local communities, youth, and church organizations, and provided personal, family, and pre-marital counselling. On behalf of Calgary Presbytery, he hosted an open-line radio counselling program. He also served as Chair of United Church Presbyteries in Winnipeg and Regina.

Ross and Maureen were married in Kenora, Ontario in June 1958. Their son David was born in Roblin in 1961, followed by their daughter Dianne in Calgary in 1967. Following his retirement in 1992, Ross and Maureen moved to Calgary in 2001.

Ross was an avid builder with a broad range of interests and skills in construction. He also enjoyed automotive mechanics, model railroading, and photography. His favourite recreational activities were designing, planning, and building at his beloved cottage on Lake of the Woods, Ontario. There he enjoyed boating, waterskiing, and sharing time with family and friends.

Besides his loving wife Maureen, Ross is survived by son David (Donna, Nicole and Jacqueline), daughter Dianne Beech (Brian, Ethan and Arden), and sister Joan Irwin (Doug).

Funeral Services will be held at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Memorial donations may be made to:

  • The United Church Mission & Service Fund through Symons Valley United Church (www.united-church.ca/donate, 38 Kincora Rise NW, Calgary, AB T3R 0A3)
  • The Presbyterian World Service Fund through Varsity Presbyterian Church (www.presbyterian.ca/pwsd/donate/, 4312 Varsity Drive NW, Calgary, AB T3A 1V7)
  • Agapé Hospice (1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8).

The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers of Sage Hill Retirement Residence and Agapé Hospice for their support and care of Ross and family.

In living memory of Ross a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Debbie Boswell :

    David, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I hope you find comfort with all your fond memories of him. All the best to you, Donna and your entire family during this sad and difficult time.

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  2. Paul Armstrong :

    My condolences to the William’s family on the loss of your father grandfather. The stars in the skies are just porch lights welcoming him home.

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  3. Alice Cockroft :

    Hello David and Donna: My thoughts are with you all as you move through this time of mourning….and of celebration of such a rich, meaningful, and powerful life. Alice.

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  4. Deborah Brown :

    To all the Williams family. My thoughts are with you all. Sending big hugs to each and everyone of you. Remember you cannot lose the ones we love for they are part of our memories.

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  5. Ken and Judy Hildebrand :

    To Maureen and Family:
    Ken and I are so sorry to hear of Ross’ passing. Ken and I were married at John Black United Church on September 14, 1968 by Ross and we just celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary this past fall. Ross was a wonderful minister and married several of our friends from East Kildonan, as well. We must say that Ross was one of the best ministers we have had over the years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

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  6. Doreen Stewart :

    Maureen, Dianne and Brian and families: We are sorry to hear Ross has passed to his heaven. Twas a pleasure to meet you when Larry and Sandra were in Calgary a year or so ago. George and Ross shared their engineering interests and a fun afternoon. I am sure you all have so many great memories of life in the Williams family. Memories are to cherish.
    Sincerely.. Doreen Stewart and hubby George Henderson

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  7. Arlee Deschene :

    Maureen, David, Dianne and families: I was so sorry to hear Ross had passed away. My parents, Ernie and Phyllis Smith were friends with Ross and Maureen during their years at Westminster United Church in Regina. I remember fondly the times our families would get together. Ross married Aaron and I 32 years ago. I pray that your happy memories of him sustain you through any difficult times ahead.
    Take care. Arlee Deschene

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  8. Barry and Shirley Strohan :

    Maureen:
    It was with profound sadness that we read of Ross’s passing. We have some nice memories from your time in Regina. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences.

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  9. Dianne and family,
    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,

    Your Stonehaven E.S. family.

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  10. Dear Maureen and family. I was very sad to hear of Ross’s passing. We remember him with fondness in his years at Westminster. He conducted my wedding service, and baptized both of my daughters. Mom, Jean Vail, also remembers Ross and was sorry to hear he had passed away. We hope that all of your good times together will get you through this difficult time. Sending our deepest sympathy. Linda Dodd

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  11. My sincere condolences, David. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Sheila Hart (Johnson) :

    Maureen, David, Dianne and family,
    Russell, the girls and I extend our deepest condolences on the loos of your beloved Ross (to us, Rev. Williams). We know that you will deeply miss him. We remember Ross as the minister who married us, baptized our eldest daughter Emily, led us in wonderful thoughtful church services. Ross along with Maureen were also integral in my parents’ lives (Fred and Joyce Johnson) including when they contributed in many ways during Fred’s tenure as Lieutenant Governor. We have only respect for Ross’s intellect, kindness and abilities. We know that your family love will give you strength to grieve and mourn this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have made a donation in memory of Ross to Westminster United Church, Regina.
    Sheila, Russell, Emily, Julia and Elizabeth Hart (Regina, Sask)

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  13. Michele Kines :

    On behalf of my dad, Hugh, and all our family, we wish to express our sincere sympathy to all your family on Ross’ passing. We have many fond memories of your time in Roblin, including David’s birth. Ross is still spoken of fondly and with great respect by dad – as a minister and neighbour on Hospital Street. Lots of good memories.

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  14. Dear Maureen, David and Dianne and family

    We remember Ross fondly as our minister at Westminster United Church in Regina. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you and keep you in our prayers as you walk this path of loss of someone you loved so dearly.

    Reta & Art Poulton

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  15. Allison ( Holman ) Cowell :

    On behalf of my brother Dave and sister-in-law Trish Holman, I wish to express our condolences to you and your family. As a teenager in the 1950s I was very impressed by Ross at the River Heights United Church here in Winnipeg as he helped with the youth there. Years later we met again at West Hawk Lake Holman cottage when Maureen and Ross visited there. He will be missed.

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  16. On behalf of our late parents, Gordon and Doris Keast of Roblin, please accept our family’s sincere sympathy on the passing of Reverend Williams. Mom and Dad always looked forward to the annual Christmas letter filled with news and adventures of the family and held Ross in high regard. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Ross’s
    Family.
    D’Arcy, Gordie, and Kathy Keast

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