WILLIAMS, Marshall MacKenzie

WILLIAMS, Marshall MacKenzie,December 11, 1923 - Londonderry, Nova Scotia, August 31, 2021 - Calgary, Alberta - Marshall Williams passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at his home in Calgary, AB, at the age of 97 years. Dad had deep family roots in Pictou County, NS and although he made his future in the West, he considered himself a native son of Nova Scotia and returned regularly well into his 80’s to visit cousins and family in Barneys River, New Glasgow and area. As Dad pushed West, he did so with the woman he adored for over sixty years and never stopped adoring, Joan A. Williams, who passed away in 2015. Together they started their marriage in Montreal, moving to Calgary in 1954, where they raised their family of five kids, four boys and a girl; and where Dad launched what was to become an accomplished career in the business and charitable worlds. A consummate gentleman, forever an engineer and problem solver, a man of deep faith, values and discipline. As CEO and Chairman of TransAlta Corporation, Chairman of the Province of Alberta Treasury Branches, and Chairman of The Banff Centre, as well as, chairing multiple government commissions, co-founding or helping lead foundations and public initiatives, he touched many people along the way. Dad did not seek recognition for his accomplishments, his reward was in finding solutions and doing the best job he possibly could. He loved the mountains, and his second home in Canmore, for hiking and cross-country skiing, which he did well into his nineties, priding himself in his latter years as perhaps the oldest man on the mountain. He shared his love of the Rocky Mountains with his kids and grandchildren, and we are forever grateful. In his urban setting in Calgary there were frequent sightings of Marshall walking briskly to and from downtown each day or tenderly caring for the memorial park bench for his deceased son Colin. Dad was educated in the Maritimes starting at Acadia University, and then obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering and Masters in Engineering (Civil) degrees from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie), and was bestowed three honorary doctorate degrees from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), the University of Calgary and Dalhousie University. His corporate directorships were many including Sun Life, Canada Northwest Energy, PanCanadian, Royal Trustco, Stelco, and Fortis. He chaired or helped lead multiple charities, foundations, and commissions, to name a few, including Ralph Klein’s Financial Review Commission (‘93), The Manning Innovation Awards Foundation, the Calgary and District United Way Campaign, Citizenship Matters – for you, for me, for Canada, the C.D. Howe Institute and the Environment and Energy StudiesFoundation (SEEDS). Marshall was the son of Millard F. Williams and Gladys C. Williams (nee MacKenzie) both deceased, and was the last surviving sibling of Eloise Bernice Fleming, Mildred Christine Williams, Marion Williams and Lester Ralph Williams. Marshall is survived by his children and their partners, Peter and Carol Ann, Alec and Susan, Stephen and Cari, and Margot and Dennis; six grandchildren, Anna (Matt), Sacha (Colin), Ty, Carly (Justin), Mackenzie and Kenna; and four great-grandchildren, Frances Bea, River, Emery and Codie. He was predeceased by his wife Joan, and son Colin. Funeral Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, September 17, 2021, at 2 p.m. Reception to follow at the Calgary Golf & Country Club (1 block west of the intersection of Elbow Drive & 50th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB). Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Marshall’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends or family so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Marshall M. Williams Endowment at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity at https://www.banffcentre.ca/support-us/donate, Telephone (403)762-6430 or toll free to 1(888)495-4467, support@banffcentre.ca. Heritage Canada will match a portion of donations made.

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