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Reverend Thomas “Ross” Williams

April 23, 2022

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Reverend Thomas “Ross” Williams passed away peacefully at Strathmere Lodge, Strathroy in his 95th year with his wife, Mary Helen (née Smith) by his side. Ross is survived by his sons, John and Robert Williams who reside in Saskatchewan. Ross is predeceased by his son David (2009) and his first wife Margaret Louise Topham (1992). He is also survived by Mary’s children, Nancy Carson and Garry and Cathy (née Srokosz) Parsons. On both sides of the family, Ross is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. For 50 years Ross served the community with kindness and compassion by his ministry in the United Church of Canada. We thank the many friends and family who supported Ross and Mary over the years. Northview Funeral Chapel, London will oversee arrangements for a celebration of life at a future date.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ross are asked to consider the Canadian Lung Association.

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A donation has been made. Message from the donator: Mary, fondly remembering Ross and thinking about you. John & Lorna Lawrence

~ John & Lorna Lawrence

To Mary and both sides of the Williams family we send our deepest of sympathy from the Topham, Bridge, and Bott families. Our memories start when Uncle Ross and Aunt Margaret lived outside Port Elgin. We went there both for visiting and staying for holidays as well. A few years later when Uncle Ross became a minister we went east to his first church he was a minister for. Then we visited a lot during the years he was in Belwood. We were very lucky since the boys were all in our age group except Tammy we hung out a number of times. After going to all three boys weddings it was harder to keep in touch. In 2000 my husband James and I went west and made a point of stopping in to see Robert who was at that time in Leader, Saskatchewan. Uncle Ross told us it was only about 35 miles north of the highway that took you to Medicine Hat. After about 80 some miles our thoughts were we must soon be getting there. When we got to Leader Robert came and showed us how to get to his place. We were honoured to get to know Joanne and Roberta. Two years later when we went out we also visited with John and his family as well as Robert. Uncle Ross and aunt Margaret always kept in touch with Christmas cards and phone calls. In 1989 Uncle Ross married Aunt Mary and we all call her that. We have never met the rest of the family but hope this fall we will be able to do that. We have always been welcomed to the number of homes that they have lived. Having lost both of our parents, it is hard and I'm sure you all will have many great memories. Our deepest of condolences to all the family Kathy and Jim Bridge, Roberta and Bill Bridge, Pat Topham (Ron), Gerry Topham and Tammy and Tom Bott.

~ Kathy Bridge

Dear Garry Cathy & family We were so saddened to hear of Ross' passing. Indeed he was such a kind and compassionate man. He will be so very missed. Thank you for taking such good care of him and Mary over these past years. God be with you in your grieving, Bill and Annalee Kerr

~ Bill& Annalee Kerr

Sending along our condolences to Rev. Williams' family. He was a minister at the Forest United Church for many years. He was a very caring and wonderful man and a great minister.

~ Bob and Eleanor Watson

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