John C. Williams, BCom’58

John will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. John loved saying, “I’ve never worked a day in my life,” and pursued his career with passion until his last days. He founded J.C. Williams Group, which was a second family to him, and became the go-to expert on retail for over 40 years. John was inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame in 2013. He volunteered extensively for many organizations and fundraised for UBC, his Alma Mater. He organized reunions at UBC with classmates from Magee Secondary School in Vancouver, where he grew up. John had a loving, happy marriage to Maureen, and was grateful to his first wife, Betty, for their years together raising their four children. He loved his kids and was delighted in his eight grandchildren. John grew more joyful throughout his life. At work, his voicemail message always concluded with “Make it a great one!” and his emails always ended with “Carpe Diem!” John’s final days took him to Vancouver for a reunion where he joined his brothers for a road trip. John died peacefully in the car with his brothers at his side.