Dr. H. Bruce Williams C.M., B.A., M.D.C.M., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S. 1929-2017

Dr. H. Bruce Williams C.M., B.A., M.D.C.M., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S.    1929-2017

Reconnu pour son travail en réparation de déformations et de blessures faciales au Children, il a aussi été pionnier des techniques de chirurgie micro vasculaire qui ont amélioré la vie de milliers de patients.

Professeur émérite de chirurgie à l’Université McGill, il a été le Président de la Division de Chirurgie plastique de McGill et Directeur du programme de résidence, et le fondateur l’Unité de soins aux brûlés à l’Hôpital Général de Montréal. Il a mené plusieurs organisations médicales nationales et internationales, et a été chirurgien en chef de l’Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants pendant 14 ans. Récipiendaire de plusieurs prix et distinctions, il a été intronisé à l’Ordre du Canada en 2014.

Le service funéraire aura lieu le samedi 22 avril, à 11 h, à l’Église St-Andrew and St-Paul, auprès de laquelle il était membre du Conseil des Anciens.

Les dons en sa mémoire seraient grandement appréciés.


Known especially for his work repairing deformities and facial injuries in children, he also pioneered microvascular surgical techniques that have improved the lives of thousands of patients.

Emeritus Professor of Surgery at McGill University, he was the Chairman of McGill’s Division of Plastic Surgery and Director of its Residency Program, and founded the burn unit at the Montreal General Hospital. He led numerous national and international medical organizations, and served as Surgeon-in-Chief of The Montreal Children's Hospital for 14 years. The recipient of many awards and distinctions, he was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2014.

A service will take place on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, where he was a Ruling Elder.

Donations in his memory would be greatly appreciated.


Wendy Lynch, $275 – May 11, 2018

«A giving talented surgeon, a teacher, a gentleman, the person I worked with for 37 years and my friend. It has been a year without you but your wisdom and expertise live on in all who knew you and benefited from your gifted hands. Thank you. Miss you.»

Janis Riven, $100 – March 28, 2018

«In memory of Dr. Bruce Williams, for his kindness and care for my daughter Jennifer Hodgson for over 20 years and for the miracles he has bestowed on so many other children.»

David Elbling, $150 – December 11, 2017

Anonymous, $100 – August 31, 2017

«It is with great sorrow to view this news online. As immigrants struggling for life, my husband had the honor to see Dr. Williams for his injury in the wrist, did the surgery under his kind arrangement, and did numerous follow-ups with him. Not only being taken care of by Dr. Williams, but also, we were encouraged by him along the way to realize our Canadian dreams. In our mind, he is the grand image as a Canadian professional, and the real angel we have ever seen as well. Please accept our little donation with sincere gratitutes. RIP, dear Dr. Williams. We remember your kind image and warm words forever. »

Anonymous, $100 – June 26, 2017

«Dr. Williams was my mentor in my internship. I have learned from him a lot. It was because of him I am a Plastic Surgeon. I have a lot of stories that I will never forget. A great surgeon, a great mentor, a great person. Rest in peace Dr Williams.»

Michael Boer, $250 – June 24, 2017

«Thank you Dr Williams for the care you provided to my daughter Elise in the mid 1980's. Never forgotten.

Michael and Ruth»

The Montreal Children's Hospital, $3,500 – May 25, 2017

«The Department of Pediatric Surgery has decided to provide a donation in memory of Dr. Williams to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation.
This spontaneous gesture is in recognition for Dr. Williams' contributions to the development of Pediatric Surgical disciplines at the Montreal Children's Hospital.»

Dr. Gordon Watters and Mrs. Patricia Watters – May 16, 2017

Agnes Menzel, $200 – May 9, 2017

«I thank Dr. Williams for the treatment of my son Philipp.»

Scott Taylor – May 5, 2017

Beverley Hutchison – May 3, 2017

«With friendship and sympathy.»

Gerald & Mrs. Karen Fried – May 2, 2017

«Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear Dad.»

Robert Ross – May 1, 2017

Patricia Ann Forbes – May 1, 2017

Anonymous, $100 – May 1, 2017

«My sincere condolences. Dr. Williams was such a kind man, who was always available over the years when I needed his help. So accomplished -- he will be missed by many no doubt.»

Mary M. Kilgour – April 28, 2017

Gustav Levinschi Foundation – April 28, 2017

CIBC Capital Markets – April 25, 2017

«We are so sorry for your loss.
Thinking of you at this time of grief.

From, your friends and colleagues at CIBC»

Anonymous, $50 – April 25, 2017

Debra Fenwick, $200 – April 25, 2017

«In 1968 at the age of 3, I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on my arm. I've been told that previously the arm would have been sacrificed at the elbow but I had the extreme fortune to have "my" Dr Williams on the case. The cancer was removed, the arm saved, and so began a 10 year relationship of plastic surgery and visits. The emotional tie to him never ended and the wonder and admiration I held for him (with his intense blue gaze) as a child will always remain. A truly special being has passed on and we were all so lucky to have his life touch ours. With much sadness I celebrate a man that made a difference. - "Button" (what he called me when I was 3)»

Margaret Stavert – April 24, 2017

Joyce Takeftman – April 24, 2017

Lucinda Dean, $100 – April 23, 2017

«So pleased to give something in his memory.»

Patricia Miller, $500 – April 23, 2017

«Always in our memories. With love from the Miller Family. Pat, David, Jennifer, Tim, and Taffy»

W. Bryan Callaghan, $300 – April 22, 2017

«In memory of an inspirational man and a great mentor.»

Deirdre Falkner Bower, $25 – April 21, 2017

«With grateful thanks to Dr. Williams for his care of my husband on the trauma floor at the MGH.»

Rose-Mary Oliveira, $100 – April 21, 2017

«It was a great honor working for the William's family. you will be missed but never forgotten»

Anonymous, $100 – April 21, 2017

«In memory of a great mentor. Thank you for your guidance and kindness. Condolences to your loved ones.»

Susan Vink, $100 – April 21, 2017

«Dear Williams Family,
We are so sorry for your tremendous loss.
Thinking of you with fond and sympathetic wishes,
Jan, Susan, Jessica & Daniel»

James Brooks, $250 – April 21, 2017

«Our sympathy for your loss.
James, Mike D., Mike N. Vivian, Shay, Richard, Teaque, Matthew, David S.»

James Brooks, $250 – April 21, 2017

«David, Bethany and family- Our deepest condolences for your loss.
James and Lisa Brooks»

Anonymous, $50 – April 21, 2017

«Dave & Bethany; So very sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was a very impressive man who accomplished much during his life.
Jane Harrison & Raymond Hay»

Julie Poirier, $100 – April 19, 2017

«Nos sincères condoléances chers Dave & Bethany et Fils.»

Susan and Burton Closson – April 19, 2017

ashley scutt, $140 – April 19, 2017

Andrew Shaw, $100 – April 19, 2017

«Dave and Bethany and family our sincerest condolences
Thinking of you,
Andy and Val»

Paul Muchnik, $25 – April 19, 2017

«Dave and Bethany,
We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such an accomplished man. May his memory be a blessing and you always be able to cherish your fond memories. Be strong.
Marcy and Paul Muchnik»

Anonymous, $100 – April 19, 2017

«In memory of a wonderful man.»

peter farrell, $100 – April 18, 2017

«To Dave and Bethany and all the family. We were very sad to hear of your loss. Dave, your Dad sounds like a really accomplished and all around great guy. Our most sincere condolences. xox Peter and Anne»

Debbie Williams, $50 – April 18, 2017

«in loving memory of Uncle Bruce »

Jonathan Knowles, $50 – April 18, 2017

«Dear David and Bethany
Your father (in law) sounds like a truly incredible man. We are sorry for your loss.
With love
Jonathan and Natasha»

cindy halperin, $100 – April 18, 2017

«Dave we are so sorry for your loss. I'm sorry we never got the opportunity to meet your father. He sounds like such a wonderful man. Hopefully his memory will continue to be a blessing for all of you.
Love Mark and Cindy»

Martijn Paijmans, $200 – April 17, 2017

Truuta Kai Kaljuste, $25 – April 13, 2017

«Fifty years ago Dr. Williams removed my tumour.
I was 13 and pretty scared about the whole thing.
My family never did get to read the letter I left
"To be opened in the event of my death".
No need... Dr. Bruce made it all better !
Remembering a wonderful man !»

Louise & Joel Dery-Goldberg – April 13, 2017

«It was a privilege to work with Dr. Williams and to know all of his good work helping countless children.
With deepest sympathies to the family.»

claire dupont, $1,000 – April 13, 2017

« He did so much for patients and families, students. colleagues, his profession, and The Children's, - yet always had time to listen and lend a hand to each one of us, warmly and quietly. He is part of us and will not be forgotten.»

Louise Robertson – April 13, 2017

Tony Gulotta, $100 – April 12, 2017

«RIP Dr. Williams, your service to so many is an enduring legacy of love and caring.»

Heather Faith – April 11, 2017

Joel Raby, $250 – April 11, 2017

Heather Butterfill, $100 – April 10, 2017

«Our sincere sympathies to Bruce and Bea, David and Bethany their families. Uncle Bruce will be greatly missed by all of us.
Love Heather, Barry, Lianne, Kevin, Natasha, and Vi»

Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists – April 10, 2017

Laura Hyde, $50 – April 10, 2017

«love and sympathy to the Williams Family from Laura and Arthur Hyde»

Marcin and Wendy Czerwinski, $100 – April 9, 2017

«We are very grateful for his wisdom, teaching and kindness. We have many fond memories and tremendous respect. »

Anonymous, $150 – April 6, 2017

Brett Murray, $50 – April 4, 2017

«Dr Williams was an amazing docter.I am very grateful for the surgeries he did on my hand I was able to function much better.He will be greatly missed my thoughts and prayers to the family. »

Joann Daddono, $100 – April 4, 2017

«Our deepest sympathy to the Williams Family. In memory of Dr. Williams.

The Daddono Family»

Eric Pugash, $1,000 – April 3, 2017

«Dr. Williams was a great mentor and role model: dignified, dedicated to his patients, colleagues and trainees, and skilled practitioner of our craft. I will always be grateful to him. Condolences and best wishes to his family.»

Anonymous, $20 – April 3, 2017

«My daughter Annalisa was charmed by Dr. Williams sense of humour which communicated itself to both adults and children alike. He will be remembered fondly.»

Anonymous, $250 – April 3, 2017

«In memory of a wonderful mentor and colleague»

Anonymous, $100 – April 2, 2017

«My deepest condolences to the family. Dr. Williams will be greatly missed. »

John MacFarlane, $200 – April 2, 2017

Noelle Grace, $500 – April 2, 2017

«A classy gentleman in every way who left a huge legacy in surgery, leadership and in life skills. He will be sorely missed.. NG»

Anonymous, $100 – April 1, 2017

«May this donation continue to help to better the lives of those children in need, for whom your father so greatly gave of his time and talents.
With love,
Karn, Keith and Joan»

Scott Williams, $50 – March 31, 2017

«Our deepest sympathies. What a full and wonderful life Uncle Bruce led. He is missed.»

Anonymous, $100 – March 30, 2017

«We miss you!»