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Obituary - David Williams RIP

Ssvp-Conseil Général International


31 March 2020

We have been informed that David Williams, a great servant of the Society, has died earlier this afternoon, following admission to hospital a few days ago suffering from complications after contracting Corona Virus.

The President General, Renato Lima de Oliveira, declares 3 days of mourning for the death of our fellow member David Williams, who served tirelessly to the English and the International SSVP for many years.

David joined the Society in the early 1960s at his local church Good Shepherd in Nottingham. He served on National Council, first as President of the National Youth Committee and then as President of first Nottingham Central Council then Shrewsbury Central Council and finally as Vice President of England & Wales under Jim O'Connor in 1997 . He served as International Vice President of International Council General under two different President General. 

He leaves a wife, Henriette and four children Nicole, Richard, Paul and Colette.

David was the main author of the prayers in the Society's prayer book, used in England & Wales & many other English speaking countries. His book "The Mind and Heart of a Vincentian" is still widely read and John Battle a minister in Tony Blair's government described it as his favourite book when looking for Christian inspiration. David was working on updating it at the time of his untimely death.

Please remember David and his family in your prayers. We trust he is now in the arms of our loving Saviour Jesus Christ. 

May he rest in peace