Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
St. Benedict Church
1011 Oak St.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Interment at: Our Lady Of Mercy Cemetery
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Our Lady Of Mercy Cemetery
1190 Glen Allen Dr.
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Additional Obit Info
WILLIAMS, JOHN DONALD - Peacefully with his family by his side, at Bluewater Health, CEE, Petrolia, John Williams died on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the age of 77. Beloved husband of Catherine "Kay" (nee Serratore). Loving father of Shelley Filia (Franco), Sarnia and Bryan Williams, London. Cherished grandfather of Elizabeth, Alexandra, John Anthony and Gabrielle Filia, Sarnia and Papa to Emmersen, Michael and Ethan Williams, London. Dear brother of Carol (Marcel) Blais. Brother-in-law of Joe (Madeline) Serratore, Larry (Darlene) Serratore and Shirley Serratore all of Sarnia. Predeceased by his parents Gordon & Margaret Williams, his brother Tom and his brother-in-law Frank Serratore. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. John was known to be a handyman and willing to help anyone in need. He worked for the Provincial government as a property assessor for over 27 yrs. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren who were the apple of his eye. John enjoyed playing bocce at the Dante Club where he was known as an honourary Italian by the community. He was also a very active member of St. Benedict's Parish and many other organizations which provided him with an opportunity to share his faith and provide service to others. John struggled with his health for 11 yrs after surviving a stroke, but did not lose his sense of humour and his smile was contagious. He was loved and well cared for by the staff at Lambton Meadowview for almost 9 years. Their kindness and compassion will always be remembered, "oh boy"! John will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Prayers will be offered at 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Vince Gulikers at St. Benedict's Church on Tuesday, July 25th at 11a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. At John's request, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Peter's Seminary, 1040 Waterloo St., London, N6A 3Y1 or to St. Benedict's Church Building Fund, 1011 Oak Ave., Sarnia, N7S 1J4. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com
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Arthur Emerton posted a condolence
Thursday, March 8, 2018Our deepest condolences. Distance prevents our presence, but know our thoughts are with you and all the family. Dorothy and Arthur
Shane posted a condolence
Wednesday, October 4, 2017Bryan, Very sorry to read about your Dad`s passing!
Mary mckinlay posted a condolence
Friday, July 28, 2017So sorry to hear of the passing of you dad . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gale Phibbs posted a condolence
Wednesday, July 26, 2017My deepest sympathy to John's family on his recent passing. As a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog volunteer, my dog Lexi and I visited with John often and came to love and enjoy him as much as he loved and enjoyed Lexi. Never, never will I hear those words "oh boy" and not immediately be reminded of John. We often had conversations where his part of the talk was only those words, although we tried for others on occasion, however I never tired of him. His smile and gentle touch when he reached to hold my hand or to pet Lexi are forever in my memory. My condolences.
Judy Dunn-Keighan posted a condolence
Tuesday, July 25, 2017Shelley, I was so sad and shocked to hear of your Dad's passing. It was just so close to our dear Dad's passing, so we definitely feel your sorrow. I do remember your Dad and his smile and laugh when I was younger living in Sarnia. Please pass on my condolences to your Mom.LnFbA
Meghan (Eansor) Ruffilli donated to ST. BENEDICT'S - SARNIA
Tuesday, July 25, 2017In Memory of John Donald Williams. Thoughts and prayers for the Williams. Courtesy Ford Lincoln Team
Claudette Leduc posted a condolence
Monday, July 24, 2017Shelly and Frank. Please accept my heartfelt condolences with the loss of your father.
Chris Crisante posted a condolence
Monday, July 24, 2017Bryan, my deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. Chris and Judy Crisante & family
Michael Thorner posted a condolence
Monday, July 24, 2017Dear Bryan, Kay, Shelley & Franco, My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. I'm grateful to have this space to reach out to you. In my younger years, whenever I would visit Bryan at the family home, John always greeted me warmly, and made me feel welcome. I know he got a kick out of the fact that I was my father's son, given the fact that they grew up together in the same neighbourhood. I have a great memory during high school of us sitting around the kitchen table playing cards—or was it a board game?—and there were a lot of laughs, I remember. I believe John will continue to live on through our collective memories of him. My sympathies and good vibes are with you through this time. May John rest in peace.
Angela Kuehr (Serratore) posted a condolence
Monday, July 24, 2017Dear Kay, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of John. John was always a happy guy and made your day with his humor and beautiful smile. His smile will be missed dearly. Thinking of you Angela & family
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Monday, July 24, 2017Our thoughts are with Shelley, Franco and family at this difficult time. WOS District
Anna De Carolis-Brady posted a condolence
Sunday, July 23, 2017Kay and family I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. Rest in the comfort of knowing that he is now with our Lord. May God be with you all as you journey through this difficult time. Cherish your memories that will keep him forever in your hearts. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Lyle & Joan LaLonge posted a condolence
Sunday, July 23, 2017Kay .... our faith gives us an assurance that John is now home with his Father in Heaven. John's twinkling eyes and great smile will always be with us. He is a true servant ...as you are. Remember that Joy comes in the morning ....God is with you and your entire family. May you find comfort in knowing that John understood your love for him in how you were always there for him when he so needed you!
Al and Phyllis Gibson posted a condolence
Sunday, July 23, 2017Kay, our deep felt condolences to you and your entire family. So many great memories come flooding back in thinking about John and our friendship over the years since our first days meeting you guys while playing ping-pong. He will be missed by us all--the best to you at this time.
Michael Serraore lit a candle
Sunday, July 23, 2017
John Sanna and Anna Stella Mangone and Family posted a condolence
Sunday, July 23, 2017Dearest Shelley, Franco Elizabeth, Alexandra, John Anthony and Gabrielle We feel so blessed that we had the pleasure of having known John Williams. We look back on the times we would be visiting you in Sarnia and there was such fun and merriment when Mr. Williams would happen to be there. John fondly remembers putting together the slide show for Mr. Williams's retirement. The measure of a man is exemplified by his family. His devotion to God and offers us a resplendent example of the gratitude of life. What a delightful soul whose memory will be truly cherished. Most Sincerely, John Sanna, Anna Stella Mangone, Sam Mangone, William and Gabriel.
Harvey Mitro posted a condolence
Saturday, July 22, 2017To Kay, Shelley, Bryan and John's entire family, please accept my condolences. I am sorry for your loss. John to me was one of those rare adults who loomed large in my young life. He was a passionate person who seemed incapable of pretense. Bombastic, cajoling, sometimes outrageous, when John showed up at our door, there was always a wondrous life energy that came along with him. My close relationship with Bryan brought me to your home often, going swimming, eating Kays delicious Italian cooking, and simply sharing in the day to day of your family life. For me, this was the greatest blessing because it allowed me to be exposed to John in quieter moments. There were many times in my teen years when I would wander across the parking lot from our home and knock on your door, always to be welcomed in. My fondest memories of John were sitting in the basement on Athlone and talking about meaningful things. Whether the topics were about personal challenges, life joys, or issues of the day, his passion and honesty were always right there on the table. He was earnest and caring, and that is what I loved most about him. Thank you John for all that that you were for me and the Mitro family. May you rest in peace. Harvey Mitro
Juanita Kuiack posted a condolence
Saturday, July 22, 2017Dear Kay: Sincere condolences to you on the death of John. You both inspired me with your faith, your courage and your serenity. My sympathy goes out to your entire family. RIP John. Juanita Kuiack
Doug & Donna Chard posted a condolence
Saturday, July 22, 2017Aunt Kay, Shelley, Franco & Brian: We have many wonderful memories of our families sharing time together. Uncle John always adding to the fun with his sence of humor & smile! We will miss him! Doug & Donna XO
Tracie Serratore lit a candle
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Kelly Montanaro posted a condolence
Saturday, July 22, 2017Shelley, we never met your dad but the stories you have shared with us about him give us a sense of how much he was loved and what a great father he was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Franco, the kids and family. Love, The Montanaro family
Cathy Martin posted a condolence
Saturday, July 22, 2017Kay and family, So very sorry to read about John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May pleasant memories bring you peace. Cathy (St. Philip's extraordinary minister)
Bruce & Cid Couture-White posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017A wonderful, caring, loving, and a little crazy soul that was a bright spot to so many. He will be greatly missed by all the hearts he touched. Our condolences to Kay and family.
Joe & Liz Palko posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017Our deepest condolences to the entire Williams family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John will always be remembered as a caring and loving friend by our family. May St. Peter welcome him with open arms and may our Lord proclaim, "Good and faithful servant, you have done well".
Carolyn Sim posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017Shelly and family - so very sorry to hear about your dad passing away, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs Carolyn Sim and family
Ann, Tom, Katherine & Meghan O'Brien posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017Our deepest sympathies to Aunt Kay, Bryan, Shelley, Franco and all Uncle John's cherished Grandchildren. My Father's lifelong friendship with this very special man and his family has given in us all beautiful memories to cherish and has touched our lives in a way that we will always remember his spirit, his spiritual influence and the joy and laughter he always shared. We love you and will keep all those who loved Uncle John, Family and Friends in our prayers as they grieve the loss of his presence but celebrate his reunion with a God he loved and the spirit he leaves behind in all that knew him.
Chad Vollrath posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017I am truly sorry to hear of Johns passing. My condolences to all the family but especially Kay. I remember John as a really friendly and caring man with a great sense of humour. He suffered for quite some time and hopefully is at peace now in heaven. Remember the great times and stick together to gain strength during this difficult time. RIP John.
Joanne Dunn posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is incredibly difficult. My thoughts are with you. Joanne
Leonia Downie Pastoral Minister posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017Kay and family, our deepest sympathies. John has blessed our parish of St. Benedict in many different ways. He will always be remembered in our prayers. May he rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.
Rick & Yvette Bourque posted a condolence
Friday, July 21, 2017Dear Kay & Family: Our sincere condolences following your recent loss. We will always remember John's contagious smile and his love for his church and community. I will especially remember John as the day captain at the Capuchin Retreat Center, in Washington, MI. He guided me (and many others) on our spiritual journey and was instrumental in my personal conversion and love for the faith. Unfortunately, Yvette and I are our of town next week and will be unable to attend the funeral. However, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Rick & Yvette Bourque
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Friday, July 21, 2017
Fr. Rick Janisse posted a condolence
Thursday, July 20, 2017Dear Kay and family, " Death is extinguishing the lamp because the dawn has come." (Tagore) It was good speaking with you this afternoon and offering my sympathy and assurance of prayers upon the death of John. St. Paul's words, " I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have kept the faith and now I go to collect the crown of righteousness," definitely identifies John as the faithful servant who shared in the sufferings of Christ. May he now enjoy the promised reward. Although unable to be with you for the funeral please know that I will celebrate Mass this weekend for the repose of his soul and for you and the intentions of your family. I have many fond memories of my years at St. Benedict's beginning as an associate in '75 , when I first met the Williams family and again returning as pastor for 11 years. He will not be forgotten! Prayers and God's peace, Fr. RicK
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