Franklin Charles Williams (1930-2016)


Frank was born in The Pas, Manitoba on November 4, 1930. For a short time he worked in Churchill, Manitoba. and then moved to Winnipeg to begin his training to become a Chartered Accountant. After graduation he worked in several Canadian cities in Canada and then moved to Kelowna in February 1957 to work for Rutherford, Bazett & Co where he stayed until his retirement in 1989. Frank took an active interest the community life of Kelowna by taking on roles in Jaycees, First United Church, Central Okanagan Community Chest (United Way), Social Planning Committee, Naramata Centre for Continuing Education, Downtown Rotary Club. While on the Social Planning, Frank worked with Lionel Wace and Ish Holmes to create the framework for establishing the Central Okanagan Foundation, the 13th Community Foundation in Canada. Later on Frank helped to establish the Central Okanagan Land Trust. Speaking at Frank’s memorial service, COF’s Executive Director Bruce Davies said the following: “Smart and caring certainly describes Frank Williams and the community he envisioned and worked towards. As COF moves forward into its next 40 years, I know that my colleagues and I will be thinking of Frank’s wonderful legacy and striving to make him proud of the organization, and the community, he so deeply cared for”.