Tributes Paid to George Williams

George Williams in the Atlantic Inn

George Williams in the Atlantic Inn

 

George Williams in the Atlantic Inn

Tributes have been paid to islander George Williams who passed away on Friday night. He was 83.

George had what he described as a fascinating life. In Scilly, he managed the ship-to-shore communication aerial system at Telegraph for the Decca Company.

The masts were removed in the late 1990s. His work with the company took him overseas and he travelled extensively in the 1960s and 1970s working in India and the United States.

His favourite posting was in California and he once said it was a good time to be a Brit abroad when the U.S was gripped by Beatlemania.

His world travels included a posting on the Aleutian Islands where he played cards with US servicemen as systems to minitor Soviet subs were set up.

He also talked fondly of drinks in the Bauxite bar when he was posted to Trinidad.

George was found by a neighbour at home on Saturday morning.

George’s popularity amongst regulars at the Atlantic Inn has been marked this weekend. On Saturday regulars laid flowers there in his memory and bought whiskies which were lined up at the bar in his memory.

He never married and leaves close family in Canada, Hampshire and Indonesia as well as distant relatives here in Scilly.