Memorable Manitobans: Edward Joseph “Joe” Williams (1918-2021)
Manager, MLA (1958-1959).
Born at Brandon on 28 January 1918, son of Hector Williams and Annie Katherine Jensen, he was raised at Fort William [now Thunder Bay], Ontario. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Army with the 4th Canadian Field Ambulance. In 1954, he moved to Churchill as manager of the Regimental Institutes at Fort Churchill. Elected to the short-lived Duff Roblin government of 1958, representing the Churchill constituency, the first MLA of Danish ancestry, he did not seek re-election in 1959 when he was transferred to Camp Petawawa, Ontario.
He returned to Churchill in 1961, as manager of the Hudson Hotel, serving also as President of the Churchill Chamber of Commerce, and was part of a group that established Television Station CHGH. He left Churchill in 1965 to become Director of Industrial Development at Fort Smith, North West Territories. After retirement in 1983, he moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia. He and wife Ella Hill-Turner (1920-2001) had three sons.
He died at Nanaimo on 18 August 2021.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Churchill, North of 58 ... Through the Years by Churchill Ladies Club, 2002, pages 440-441.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 September 2021.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Oliver Bernuetz.
Page revised: 11 September 2021