Lloyd Williams
Inducted 2008
Lloyd Williams began his rugby involvement in 1936 as a stellar player at Kitsilano High school in Vancouver and it ended in 1978 after he had served two years as the past president of the British Columbia Union. While he was still a schoolboy in 1940, Williams played for the Meralomas senior men when they won the Miller Cup and for the Vancouver representative team in the McKechnie Cup series. After leaving school, Williams joined the Royal Canadian Navy and formed
a team from among the other recent recruits. When he was transferred to Victoria, he played for HMCS Royal Roads as well as the Victoria representative team. Overseas service with the Navy during World War II may have interfered with his playing career but it did not dim his enthusiasm for the game as he was instrumental in starting the Varsity Vets team in 1945 when he enrolled at UBC. Williams played for Vancouver several times until 1950, appeared briefly as a replacement when Vancouver played Australia in 1948 and served on the Vancouver Rugby Union executive from 1946 to 1949. In all, he played for all three unions in the McKechnie Cup series in the 1940's - Vancouver, Victoria and UBC.
Business and family commitments from 1951 to 1968 took priority for Williams but his desire to provide leadership in the British Columbia Rugby Union was demonstrated thereafter when he chaired the junior and senior selection committees and served as both vice-president (1972-74) and president (1974-76) of the Union. He was the Honorary Manager of the British Columbia team on its England - Wales tour in 1976 and was a director of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1976-77. In 1977 he was one of two Canadian Rugby Union Representatives at the inaugural pacific Rugby Congress in New Zealand.
First a player and later an administrator, Lloyd Williams' contribution to rugby over a forty year period was interrupted only by commitments to military service, business and family.
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