Gareth John Williams

July 1, 1934 - January 26, 2024

Gareth John Williams

Gareth John Williams of Fair Oaks, California, age 89, passed away on Friday, January26, 2024.

Gareth was born to Mary Louisa (Hopkins) Williams and Edward John Williams, on July1, 1934 in Bridgend, South Wales. He and his sister, Audrey (Williams) Fabian, grew up near the sea in Porthcawl, South Wales. Gareth immigrated to the United States in1956, settling in Michigan, where he worked as a draftsman and then later as a salesman. He moved to California in 1969 and worked in various capacities in pharmaceuticals and healthcare administration and delivery.

Gareth loved travel and had a deep appreciation for the expansiveness travel can bring. Sailing and “messing about in boats” (Kenneth Greene’s Wind in the Willows) were particular passions of his. He owned several different vessels through the years and lived aboard a sailboat for a year. He was a charming, warm, and social person who never met a stranger.

He loved driving, dancing, mystery and suspense novels, Star Trek (the television series, not so much the movies), Tommy Bahama shirts, eating a properly prepared steak with a glass of good cabernet, Welsh singing, and he had a particular fondness for giraffes.

Gareth is survived by his wife, Alicia Williams; his daughter, Robin (Williams) Heyden; his son-in-law, Neil Heyden; his grandsons, Rhys and Owain Heyden; his great granddaughter, Molly Heyden; his extended family, in the U.S. and in Wales; and his faithful dog, Brandy.

Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a donation to the American Lung Association (