Passing of former Councillor A.J. Williams
22 June 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Vale of Glamorgan Councillor, A.J. (Tony) Williams M.B.E and his wife, Faith, on Sunday 18 June, tragically in their garden in Welsh St Donats.
Tony Williams represented the Peterston Super Ely ward of the Vale of Glamorgan Council up until his retirement from local government and the Council in 2007. It was a ward that he had represented since the creation of the Vale of Glamorgan Council as an administrative body in 1974, having previously served as a Councillor and Chairman on the former Cardiff Rural District Council.
He was extremely interested in planning and environmental matters and was a key founder of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
During his time as a councillor he represented his ward on Planning Committee, held the post of Planning Committee Chairman as well as Cabinet Member with responsibility for planning matters. He represented the authority on the Board of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation and on the South Wales Provincial Council.
Tony was also a former Mayor and Deputy Leader of the Council throughout his long and distinguished career. He was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List in 2004, when he was awarded a M.B.E. for services to local government and conservation in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Dr Ruth Williams, Tony and Faith’s daughter said:
“Dad had many happy memories and anecdotes of his 48 years of continuous service to the community and had a detailed knowledge of every part of the Vale of Glamorgan. Their home was frequently the 'nerve centre' of campaigns such as 'Stop the Super Quarry' in the 1970s. Mum supported Dad in every way, not least when she was Deputy Mayoress and then Mayoress during the opening of the Civic Offices in 1981. She organised and catered for functions in the Mayor's Parlour herself, and dignitaries from other organisations were keen to be invited once they tasted her food! Mum instigated the annual Mayor's Charity Ball and the Mayoress' Charity Coffee Mornings. They were a terrific team and always proud ambassadors for the Vale of Glamorgan Council."
Councillor John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council expressed his shock and sadness at the news:
“My sympathies and condolences go to Tony and Faith’s daughter, Dr Ruth Williams, at her sad loss. Tony devoted considerable time and commitment to the Vale of Glamorgan Council and I had the honour and privilege of working alongside him since joining the Council in 1999. Tony was the elder statesman providing valuable support and advice to myself as a new and inexperienced Councillor. Both he and Faith will be sadly missed but fondly remembered”
Rob Thomas, Managing Director and Head of Paid Service at the Vale of Glamorgan Council commented:
“I was shocked to hear of the sad passing of Tony and Faith Williams. I worked closely with Tony Williams since joining the Council in 1996 and up to his retirement in 2007, and through Tony got to know his wife, Faith. Tony was always at the forefront of the work of the Council in ensuring that the Vale of Glamorgan was protected from inappropriate development. He was also extremely supportive of the work of officers and on a personal level both supported me and gave me valuable advice during my early career with the Council. My thoughts are with Tony and Faith’s daughter Dr Ruth Williams at this very difficult time”