Brother David Williams, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1918-1985)

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Born Bruce Thomas Williams in DeWitt, Iowa on February 11, 1918 he was the son of Bruce T. Williams and Margaret Mary Burke. He attended St. Joseph Parochial School and then his family moved to Davenport, Iowa where he attended St. Ambrose Academy. After graduation he worked for two years at Hickey Brothers, a cigar and confectionary store. First, he had been interested in a Christian Brothers vocation but he was advised by a priest to also think about the Passionists. He left for the Passionist novitiate in St. Paul, Kansas and on April 28, 1938 professed his vows as Brother David.. He served as a tailor and a cook at St. Paul, Kansas, Normandy, Missouri, Citrus Heights, California and Detroit, Michigan. In 1984 a heart attack forced him to retire. In Detroit he was active in the Ecumenical Project, S.A.V.E., which assisted senior citizens, as well as in Literary Volunteers. He was sensitive to the Mexicans especially those who staffed the Detroit Retreat House. A hobby of his was studying birds and he loved to go to Pelee, Ontario to relax.