In Memoriam: Douglas Williams ‘63

The Reverend Canon Douglas Elliott Williams, Class of 1963, died peacefully, in his 80th year, on December 19, 2017 in Vancouver, BC.

Williams served in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of California, and Diocese of El Camino Real, retiring as Canon Precentor of Trinity Cathedral, San José, CA, before retiring to Vancouver in 2000. In the Diocese of New Westminster he served as honourary assistant in the parishes of Christ Church Cathedral, St. James', and St. Anselm's.

The only son of Keith S. and Elizabeth D. Williams of Oxnard, California, he was born October 9, 1938 in San Bernardino, California. Predeceased by his eldest son, Zephyr Starwater (Gregory Donald) Williams (Surajit Bose) of Palo Alto, California, and his brother-in-law, the Reverend Dr. Donald E. Grayston (also a General alum, Class of 1963); survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen M. (Grayston) Williams; daughters Catherine A. Hall (Anthony) of Greenwich, CT and Melody V. Williams of Stockton, CA; son Ian C. Williams and fiancée, Kristen L. Elliott of Kirkland, WA; granddaughters Elana A. Voigt (John Ryan) of Bremerton, WA, Brittany E. Ridgeway (Horatio) of Sacramento, CA; Haley V. Fowler of Stockton, CA, and great-grandchildren, Tristan and Milani Ridgeway.

Williams was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles in Philosophy and Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxfordshire, UK before attening General. He recently received a degree in Classics (Latin) and Medieval Studies from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC in November of 2017.

Requiem mass was offered at Christ Church Cathedral, corner of Burrard and Georgia, Vancouver, on Saturday January 13,  2018 at 11am.