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Born: May 05, 1985

Date of Passing: Apr 22, 2023

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It is with deep sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Thomas "Tommy" Kevin Ross Williams, on April 22, 2023 at the age of 37 years.

Tommy leaves behind his parents, Art and Deenna; brother Ryan (Kennedy); niece Olivia; sister Megan; his soulmate/fiancée Mannon Smalley and her family. He also leaves behind uncles, aunts, cousins as well as too many friends to list.

Tommy was known for his enormous heart, sense of humour, being a great listener and he had an innate ability to make friends wherever he went. He enjoyed golfing, going for jogs, travelling and surfing. He was an avid reader and loved to play board games.

Tommy was born in Winnipeg, MB and grew up in St. James. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg, he went to teach English in Japan with the Jet Programme. While in Japan he became fluent in the language and immersed himself in the culture. He returned to Canada to pursue a Master of Public Policy - Economics Degree at Simon Fraser University in BC. Tommy found his calling working for the Government of Manitoba. He joined the Department of Environment and Climate, playing a key role in the development of the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. He later joined the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics as a Senior Economist, then eventually Chief Economist Manitoba Finance.

Tommy had a generous spirit; donations in his honour can be made to the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre Youth Drop-in

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave.

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Publish Date: May 20, 2023


May 5, 1985 - April 22, 2023

It is with deep sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Tommy Williams, aged 37, cherished son, brother, uncle, partner and friend.

A longer obituary notice to follow. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home


Publish Date: May 6, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 06, 2023, May 20, 2023

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I met Thomas during my rather short tenure at the Government of Manitoba. He always has been an kind and approachable colleague that would offer help to anyone in need. A true talent, professionally and personally. The sadness of family, friends and colleagues are a faithful testimony of the impact Thomas had in people. Despite the grieve of these days, I hope we can time to be grateful for the people (like Thomas) that we encounter in this journey. - Posted by: Gonzalo Agrimbau (Colleague ) on: May 30, 2023

  • Thomas and I worked together at MBS, and we frequently discussed matters pertaining to economic modeling. We last met on April 11th at a workshop. As a colleague and teammate, I found him to be open-minded, well-mannered, and realistic. He was an outstanding economist both within the department and across the GoM. He loved using storytelling and visuals to present his work, and he was interested in modern analytical techniques. He was also a kind and generous person who always shared his thoughts and insights with me and others. He was a joy to work with and learn from. He will be dearly missed by his colleagues, friends, and everyone who knew him. He left a lasting impact on his field and on the lives of many people. He will always be remembered and honored for his contributions and his spirit. - Posted by: Mostofa Sarkar (Colleague) on: May 26, 2023

  • Working with Thomas on the climate and energy file made the job enjoyable and rewarding. There were no loose ends whenever Thomas was done with his work, but he was never quite "done"...He'd say its as good as it can be until the next round of data came out. He always held us to account to make sure we did the best we could, and he would never shy away from the hard questions. His sense of joy and responsibility to serious work was infectious, and it inspires me still. Losing Thomas is a shock, and I think of him everyday. - Posted by: Jeffery Cottes (friend and colleague) on: May 24, 2023

  • I knew Thomas through his work at Manitoba Finance, and discussions we had a result. I also had Thomas speak at the MABE Outlook Conference in March 2023. It is a shocking tragedy. He was a rising star in Manitoba's economics space. He will be missed. Condolences to his loved ones. Chris - Posted by: Chris Ferris (Worked in the same occupation and knew each other from that.) on: May 19, 2023

  • I pay deep respect to the departed soul of Thomas; we worked together at Environment and Conservation. We interacted a lot in the process of developing Climate and Green Plan. I found Thomas as a nice, pleasant and down-to-earth personality. He always had a smile in his face. I was curious about his motor byke purchase and ride; he felt very proud of that. Never thought that he would be a victim of motor byke accident. I will miss you, Tom, my friend. My deepest sympathy for your families, friends and well-wishers. May God bless your departed soul. - Posted by: Apurba Krishna Deb (Colleague ) on: May 15, 2023

  • I knew Thomas for only 5 years as a policy analyst in Sus Dev and eventually Chief Economist in Finance. He was always aspirational. I felt the need to help him meet those lofty goals by engaging and challenging. Not surprisingly he instead helped me, and many others. While he was taken far far too early there is much to celebrate considering the brief time and influence he had in the GOM. He will not be forgotten because his spirit and his great works will both stand the test of time. - Posted by: Richard (Colleague) on: May 09, 2023

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