Born: Sun., Apr. 3, 1938
Died: Thu., Aug. 6, 2020

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WILLIAMS, Keith Jack

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Keith Jack Williams of Picton, Ontario. Keith died unexpectedly on August 6th, 2020 at Kingston General Hospital.

Keith is predeceased by his brothers, Gerald, Glen and Laverne (Sam) Hunt. He is survived by his wife, Elspeth (nee Lindsay), children Keith Williams Jr. (Basma Kavanagh), Kathleen Williams, Sarah Williams (Ryan Harvey), granddaughter Ana Blum and another, as yet unnamed, granddaughter on the way. Born on April 3, 1938 to Alton and Kathleen Hunt of Demorestville, Keith was raised by Myrtle Williams and her mother, Jessie.

Though the circumstances of Keith's coming into and leaving this world were less than ideal, he made a point of living life to the fullest and treating everyone with kindness. From flying his Fleet Canuck around Canada and the United States to hitchhiking through Yoho National Park, he had a love for life that was hard to dampen and an unerring ability to survive mishaps, including a near miss in his plane that necessitated an emergency landing on Brockville Main Street. After a short stint teaching at Labrador City Collegiate and West Kings High School, Keith spent the majority of his working life as Principal of the Shelburne Youth Centre in Nova Scotia. Upon early retirement, Keith moved himself and his family home to Prince Edward County, a place he loved dearly. His later years were marked by volunteer work, which included a stint as Commanding Officer of the 851 Air Cadet Squadron and serving on the Glenwood Cemetery Board. Keith relished teaching a new generation of pilots how to fly and being active in his community. 

A celebration of life will take place in the future, when social distancing is not a concern. Keith will be interred at Glenwood Cemetery. Donations to the Loyalist Humane Society or the 851 Air Cadet Squadron would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to the Hicks Funeral Home, 2 Centre Street, Picton.

Charitable donations may be made in Keith's memory to the following organizations:

851 Prince Edward Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Box 6231 Picton, ON K0K 2T0 (224 CR 8, Picton (Macaulay's Mtn.)
Tel: 613-476-6881

Loyalist Humane Society
Box 6108, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Tel: 613-476-4951

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Adam Kidd
   Posted Tue August 11, 2020
Keith (Captain Williams), was a very important part of my life. As a young cadet, he always maintained a calm demeanor that made you feel like you were listened to. As an older cadet he was always honest and encouraged his cadets to be the best they could regardless of where they came from.
As a new member of the Canadian Forces, he always has words of wisdom and clarity.
I strive to be the best I can be because of his tutelage and I will never forget his impact. I only hope that I can set the example he did for so many years.

Goodbye Sir.

Madeline McGregor
   Posted Fri August 14, 2020
Elspeth and family. Thinking of you and your family . Madeline

Ronald & Helen Hotston
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
Elspeth and Family:
Thinking of you during this very sad time.

Ron & Helen Hotston

Beth Marshall Gagnon
   Posted Wed September 16, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Williams family. Mr. Williams was my favourite teacher in grade 10 at West Kings High School.

Goldye Smith
   Posted Fri September 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Keith. What a shock. I have tried to call you, but your mail box is full. I would love to talk to you. Would you email me?
Much love to you and your family.

Trish MacDonald
   Posted Mon September 21, 2020
So sorry to learn of Keith's sudden passing. Jack and I are both thinking of you Els, and we both send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Hugs from all of us in Nova Scotia. Take care and know we are wrapping our arms around you while you go through the next while.

Marg (Forcey) Murphy
   Posted Mon September 21, 2020
Dear Elspeth and family,
I was shocked and saddened to read of Keith's passing in our local paper. Please accept my sincere condolences. It has certainly been a long time (early 70's) since I would regularly see you, Elspeth, and Keith at the house on Mountainview Avenue. Keith was a great guy and always had a kind word. Take comfort in all of your cherished memories. My thoughts are with you. - Marg

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