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Colin Williams ‘always had time for children’

Kind and meticulous nature: Colin Williams

Woodwork teacher Colin Williams has been remembered for his kind and meticulous nature by colleagues at Saltus Grammar School after passing away on Friday, aged 81.

Originally from South Wales, Mr Williams married childhood sweetheart Lilian 58 years ago, and the couple moved to Bermuda together in 1965 after a stint in Singapore.

He taught woodwork, technical drawing and design technology to Saltus students from 1965 to 1992, while she worked as a primary teacher at the same school.

Jon Beard, deputy head at Saltus, met Mr Williams after moving to the island in 1977 with his wife Jennie.

“Colin was a true gentleman,” Mr Beard said.

“He and Lilian were very kind to us when we first came out. They showed us the island and helped us to fall in love with the place.”

At school, students nicknamed Mr Williams “Fonzie” due to his slicked-back brown hair, resembling the famously cool Arthur Fonzarelli from classic sitcom Happy Days.

“He always had time for the children and his workshop was always spotless. Everyone knew exactly where everything was and what they had to do,” Mr Beard said.

“Colin was popular among the staff too. He was a good character and you need people like him for morale.”

Outside the classroom, the Paget resident’s love of fitness saw him become involved with the Bermuda Junior Golf Association, as well as playing regularly at Riddell’s Bay and fishing with the Bermuda Anglers Club.

He and Mrs Williams also walked daily in their retirement, as well as travelling whenever possible.

Ted Staunton, head of school at Saltus, said: “The Saltus community was saddened to hear of the passing of Colin Williams, a very talented and popular teacher.

“The board of trustees, faculty and staff join me in expressing sincere condolences to the Williams family.”

Mr Williams’ ashes will be scattered at Hungry Bay, and donations in his name can be made to either Agape House or The Saltus Jennie Beard Scholarship Fund.