Former Quinte West mayor John William dies, celebrated for community achievements

The former mayor of Quinte West John Williams has died at the age of 65.

In a social media post, his son, Belleville councillor Ryan Williams, announced his father had died surrounded by loved ones and a palliative care team.

John was married for 44 years, and had several grandchildren, according to Ryan.

“John was the man, defined by his get er’ done (sic) mentality and leadership. He was an incredible husband, father, brother, son, uncle, friend and poppa,” Ryan said in his Facebook post.

In his post, Ryan listed many of his father’s accomplishments, including the founding of Williams Hotels in 1979, and his time as Quinte West mayor, from 2006 to 2014.

His legacy projects as mayor include bringing the YMCA and the Trent Port Marina to the region, as well as establishing a stronger bond between the municipality with CFB Trenton.

Ryan said John also helped lead the formation of the Afghanistan repatriation memorial in Quinte West.

Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk sent out his condolences in a statement Tuesday, also highlighting John’s work with CFB Trenton.

“These efforts were recognized when he was presented the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, by the Canadian Armed Forces to recognize distinguished or outstanding service performed by persons other than active military personnel.”

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