Percy Alfred Williams

Percy Alfred Williams

Birth
Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Death 29 Nov 1982 (aged 74)
Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Burial Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Plot 121-1-A
Memorial ID 6945 · View Source
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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. Born in Vancouver, he was a sprinter and Canada's first Olympic double gold medalist. At the 1928 Summer Amsterdam Olympics, he won the Gold Medal in both the 100 meter and 200 meter races. In 1930, at the inaugural British Empire Games in Ontario, Canada, he won the Gold Medal in the 100 yard dash and set a new World's record. In 1950, a Canadian press poll proclaimed Williams Canada's greatest track athlete of the first half of the century. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979. Suffering from constant artritic pain, he shot himself at age 74 with the start gun he had been awarded as a prize for his 1928 Olympic feat.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 13 Nov 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6945
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Percy Alfred Williams (19 May 1908–29 Nov 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6945, citing Burnaby Heritage Cemetery, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .