May 18, 2024

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Former deputy finance minister mourned

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A very long-time community servant who performed a crucial job in modernizing New Brunswick has died. 

John L. Williamson, a previous deputy finance minister and the father of existing New Brunswick Southwest MP John S. L. Williamson, died suddenly on Dec. 14 at the age of 85, according to his relatives. The elder Williamson had a 32-12 months career in the civil assistance, like operating in the Premier’s Office for Richard Hatfield, the province’s longest-serving leading.

“(Williamson) was the excellent role model for any experienced general public servant for whom community service is a true vocation,” explained Noël Kinsella, a former Senator and St. Thomas College professor who was a very long-time colleague and close friend of Williamson. 

Williamson served as deputy finance minister for the duration of a time when New Brunswick was undergoing modifications in schooling, health treatment and taxation as the New Brunswick Equivalent Chance Application arrived into result, reported Percy Mockler, who sat for 24 yrs in the New Brunswick legislature and is now a Senator in Ottawa.

“He believed in what he was undertaking, and what his federal government was accomplishing,” Mockler claimed.

Even while he was born in Maine – his relatives was dwelling in Woodstock at the time – Williamson was a “New Brunswick patriot, faithful Canadian and very pleased British issue,” in accordance to his obituary. Williamson lived most of his childhood in Atlantic Canada, with some time also put in in Buffalo, Montreal and Extensive Island. 

When he turned an army reservist in the Canadian Officer Instruction Corp, he renounced his U.S. citizenship.

A graduate of Harvard College and the College of New Brunswick, Williamson entered New Brunswick’s civil provider in 1961. By 1968, he was appointed deputy minister of finance and secretary to the treasury board. From 1973, he served as a deputy head in several units, which includes the Electricity Secretariat, the Premier’s Place of work beneath Hatfield, the Selling prices and Income Bureau, and the Office of Protocol.

Williamson was also accountable for supporting generate St. Thomas University’s coat of arms and upgraded New Brunswick’s coat of arms from a provincial defend.

As deputy finance minister at the start out of the Equivalent Option Method, Williamson worked across departments, in accordance to Arthur Doyle, a former New Brunswick newspaper editor and political creator. 

Williamson helped established up the new Historical Resources Administration and Provincial Archives and oversaw its spending budget guidance along with King’s Landing Historic Settlement, le Village historique acadien, and the New Brunswick Museum.

“He was appropriate in the centre of a great deal of what the authorities was accomplishing. These were yrs when the govt size grew drastically and the funds grew significantly and there was pretty much unrelenting alter,” Doyle stated.

Williamson served on dozens of boards and groups, which includes Kings Landing Corporation, the Fredericton Lodge Firm and Algonquin Properties Ltd. He was also an lively member of All Saints Anglican Church in Saint Andrews and a St. John Ambulance New Brunswick council member.

For his provider to the general public, Williamson, who retired in 1993, acquired the Knight of Justice of the Purchase of St. John in 2000, the Service Medal of the Order of St. John in 1995, Serving Brother of the Most Venerable Buy of the Medical center of St. John of Jerusalem in 1984, and the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.

John LeRoux, supervisor of collections and exhibitions for the Beaverbrook Artwork Gallery, reported Williamson remained active in the group even just after his retirement from the civil company in 1993. Williamson recommended LeRoux as he wrote a book on Saint Andrews architecture.

Williamson had an curiosity in Charlotte County’s heritage preservation, regional background and military analysis. He ongoing to study background books, biographies, present affairs and thrillers, a lifelong enthusiasm of his.

“My dad was in lots of approaches a quiet New Brunswicker, who like so quite a few some others in our province, did not look for recognition or accolades for his get the job done on group assignments or even essential contributions such as his additions to our province’s great coat of arms,” mentioned his son, MP John S. L. Williamson, in an emailed assertion.

“Dad had a coronary heart for New Brunswick and he’ll live on in our hearts.”

A former version of this story improperly implied the late John L. Williamson lived in the United States for the duration of his childhood. In point, he mostly lived in Atlantic Canada. His loved ones was dwelling in Woodstock for the duration of the time he was born in Maine.

The Regional Journalism Initiative is funded by the Governing administration of Canada. L’initiative de journalisme community est financée par le gouvernement du Canada.

Caitlin Dutt, Neighborhood Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal

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