The Rev. Canon Douglas Elliott Williams died peacefully, in his 80th year, on December 19, 2017, in Vancouver, BC. The only son of Keith S. and Elizabeth D. Williams of Oxnard, California, he was born October 9, 1938, in San Bernardino, California.
He is predeceased by his eldest son, Zephyr Starwater Grayston (Gregory Donald) Williams (Surajit Bose) of Palo Alto, California, and his brother‑in‑law, The Rev. Dr. Donald E. Grayston. He is 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.
He was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, in Philosophy; the Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxfordshire, UK; the General Theological Seminary, New York City; and most recently at UBC for a degree in classics (Latin) and medieval studies. As an Anglican/Episcopal priest, Douglas 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 honorary assistant in the parishes of Christ Church Cathedral, St. James’, and St. Anselm’s.
Donations in memory of Douglas may be made to the Vestment Fund of Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2L1.