Thomas James Rhys Williams

August 25th, 2022

October 17, 1931 - August 25, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas James Rhys Williams. Tom was born to Henrietta and Rhys Williams at the family home in Paterson.  He married his long-time neighbour, Myrtle in 1956. They moved to Rossland, where he has lived ever since, and that is where they raised their three children.  Tom started working for the Department of Highways in 1951 and enjoyed his job until he retired in 1986.  He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, worked many years as a waiter at the Golden Nugget Saloon on Golden City Days and was a member of the Rossland Fire Department in his early years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at their trailer on Kootenay Lake.  After his retirement he started to do some wood working.  He was a caring, loving man and was always there to lend a hand, especially around the neighbourhood.

Tom is survived by his children; Don, Carol (Chris) and Donna (Joey), grandchildren; Justin (Ashley), Michael (Natalie), Larissa (Danno), Jordan (Brielle) and Danielle, great-grandchildren; Brooke, Riley, Megan, Sophia and Tyler, his brother-in-law Raymond Dimock (Doris), sister-in-law Elaine Williams, special friend Joyce Tait and many nieces and nephews, all who meant the world to him.

He was predeceased by his parents, his loving wife Myrtle and his brothers Bill, John and Jim.

The family would like to express our appreciation and thanks to the first responders and Cathy from Alpine Drug Mart for her caring assistance over the years.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Warfield Hall.  Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Tom's name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at Suite #200-885 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC
V6C 1N5 or online at

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Don, Carol, Donna and families, so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Tom was such a kind gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Verna Borsato.

We will all miss his waving through the kitchen window as you drive by and his smiles and sweet hello's whenever you walked by him downtown. He loved his family very much and always enjoyed the wonderful family dinners and camping trips. You are a very lucky family to have so much love around you.

Joey, Donna and family, so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, my prayers are with you all.May he RIP. Loretta Zanier

Don, Carol, Donna and families. Your family has been in my thoughts every day and you have my sincere condolences. Uncle Tommy was the sweetest man, always happy to help anyone. I was always impressed with his love and devotion to my aunty Myrtle. They would always sit snuggled beside each other when driving and he would have the biggest smile knowing she was beside him. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather with a great sense of humour and will be greatly missed by so many. Penny Moffat

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Donna, Joey and family, We are so sorry to hear of your dear dads passing. You all have beautiful memories of a very loving and kind man. Keep them close to your heart. Hugs to all of you Marian & Steve McKay and family

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