John Williams

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15/06/1936 - 06/04/2013

John had been involved in Scouting continuously from 1944 when he joined the movement as a Cub with the 1st Claremont (Coloured Division) Pack that met at the St Matthew's Anglican Church in Second Avenue, Claremont.

Later he moved to Cape Town and was a Scouter at the 6th Cape Town Group that met on the corner of Long and Waterkant Street Cape Town where St Johns place is today.

In the 1970's he moved to Hanover Park and became a member of the Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Church. He joined the 2nd Hanover Park Group that met at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. They eventually became known as Don Bosco in about 1977, after the Catholic order of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

John's long and faithful service to Scouting was recognized by his receiving the Long Service Medal in 1968 and the 60 year Bar to the Long Service Medal in 2008.

His dedication was acknowledged when he received the Medal of Merit and in 2003 the Bar to the Medal of Merit ”For outstanding Scouting service of over 50 years and through leadership, keeping Scouting alive in Hanover Park. John was a member of the steering committee that ran the annual CW 36 party for poor children".

John's health had been deteriorating for quite a while and he passed away on Saturday 6th April 2013.

Don Bosco Sea Scouts was his legacy.

Western Cape Scout Heritage 2013