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WILLIAMS, Willam Oliver

November 27, 1949 – Russell, Manitoba  

June 27, 2016 – High River, Alberta  

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Oliver Williams, age 66, at High River General Hospital on Monday, June 27, 2016.

Oliver was born in Russell, Manitoba on November 27, 1949 to Oliver & Beatrice Williams of Roblin. He lived in Roblin for 6 1/2 years before moving with his family to Consort, Alberta in July 1956.  In July 1963, the family moved to Virden, Manitoba where Oliver completed Grade 12 in 1966.  He worked at a newspaper office which involved making the typesets, operating the printing machine and other odd jobs.  After working for Chevron for 1.5 years, Oliver went to Europe.  He worked in Cardiff, Wales as Assistant Account Manager in a Department Store. After touring Europe, he returned to Canada and worked for CP Rail and then Texaco Canada Inc. from 1971 to 1991.  From 1991 to 2007, Oliver was Senior Transportation Services Manager of Western Canada/Northwest Territories for Imperial Oil Limited from which he retired.  In 2007, Oliver went to China and taught English as a Second Language at Yancheng Institute of Technology, Suzhou International Foreign Language School, Yancheng Teacher’s University and Shanghai Liantuo.  In 2012, he became a private English tutor in ESL until October 2015.

Oliver is survived by his wife, Linda; three children, Steven (Cindy), Melissa (Peter) and Christina (John); two sisters, Mary Ann (Wes) and Rosemarie (Barry); one brother, David (Maureen) and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 With respect to Oliver’s wishes no funeral services will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

 In living memory of Oliver Williams, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E.. Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. To the Williams family,

    I had the great pleasure to work with Oliver for many years while we were both employed by Texaco/Imperial Oil.

    We worked together on several projects and no matter how difficult the situation Oliver always handled everything in a very calm efficient way.

    From our years at work a wonderful friendship developed and for several years we joined Oliver and his wife at Radium for golfing, visiting, and eating out at nice restaurants. When I retired from Imperial Oil Oliver was good enough to give up part of his vacation to attend my retirement party. This was very much appreciated.

    My wife Margaret and I are very sorry to hear about Oliver’s passing. He was certainly one of my very best friends and my wife thought highly of Oliver as well.

    We will always have wonderful memories of Oliver.

    Neil & Margaret Topping

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  2. Dear Family of Oliver Willam Williams

    I extend to Oliver’s wife and daughters and son my sincere condolences on the death of Oliver- he was a most punctual educator and was a good teacher and nice personality.

    Oliver and I worked for one Term together at Suzhou International Foreign Languages School but Oliver departed summer 2010 and went to Shanghai and thereafter lost contact.

    However, one time discussing matters Oliver stated that he had worked for CP Rail ( as I had 1968-1970 summers -Center Street and 12 St East Towers-Leverman) and had worked both Alyth ( he thereafter went to Texaco – South leg of the wye at Altyth) and furthermore when I told Oliver my father was longtime CPR and during years 1954-1965 was Chief Train Dispatcher Edmonton Division —- the community of Consort was raised and my father had his young prospective telegraphers “recruited” by Bert Day at Consort ( or Spence at Vegreville) and Oliver then stated he had spent time in Consort ( knew the Day family—later Mr Day was later Car Control at Alyth) and likwise knew some others ( Eddie Woelk – nice person and Yardmaster) from that era.

    I was saddened to see where Oliver decided to depart SIFLS but was quite moved reading Oliver’s untimely obituary.

    There are NOT many who would rise to the challenge of teaching in China following retirement—but Oliver did—and reason for my admiration of his talent, personality and keen wit—-I have missed him for many years.

    My deepest regards to the family of (Willam) Oliver Williams and he will be missed –he was a good teacher.

    Likewise have sent copy of Oliver’s obituary to Suzhou International Foreign Languages School and they will be saddened with this news.

    Oliver worked hard but could have had an easy retirement–this speaks yards for his character and ability to accept spartan conditions

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