Great great grandson of our founder passed away

Date: 08 July 2015

It is with great sadness that I write to you today to let you know that Colin Williams passed away last week due to heart failure. We understand from his wife, Gerlinda, that this was unexpected but that he died peacefully.
As you will know, Colin was the great great grandson of our founder Sir George Williams (on the photo) . He was exceedingly proud of all that YMCAs achieved to continue Sir George’s legacy, and very generously supported YMCAs around the country and, indeed, the world. Many of us had the pleasure of meeting Colin whose humour, vibrancy and commitment to YMCA was outstanding.
We have today also been in touch with his daughter Sophie, son Alex and daughter-in-law Mia and have sent flowers and a card to Gerlinda and his family on behalf of us all at YMCA.
We will pass on any further information as it becomes available. In the meantime, I am sure you will join me in sadness and grief for Colin’s passing, and in praying for his family.
Denise Hatton
Chief Executive
YMCA England