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Born: Jan 12, 1932

Date of Passing: Dec 28, 2015

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FLOYD BENNET WILLISTON Born January 12, 1932 - Died December 28, 2015 After a brief illness, Floyd passed away in his sleep. There will be no formal funeral, but a celebration will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Longer obituary will follow. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 30, 2015

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • We are so sad to hear of Floyd's passing. He was instrumental in helping me in my research of RAF 514 Squadron. His book "Through Footless Halls of Air" was one of the first books that I used in finding out much, much more about the squadron. He attended a reunion that I organized in Hamilton, Ontario in 2005 and was the guest speaker. The veterans in attendance LOVED HIM. A great man who gave from his heart. He will truly be missed....Thank you Floyd. - Posted by: Wendy Flemming (friend) on: Jan 17, 2016

  • I was saddened to learn of Mr. Williston's passing. I needed some information for an article I was writing on Pete Seeger's time in Canada; a mutual friend suggested I write Floyd. The response I received exceeded my expectations. Floyd clearly was able to see the big picture while seeing all the details as well. Floyd's passing leaves a big gap in Winnipeg's cultural movements. - Posted by: Ed Lehman, Regina (fellow peace worker) on: Jan 11, 2016

  • I learned of Floyd's passing by phone this morning from Phyllis. I became acquainted with Floyd many years ago because of our mutual connection with the Boston Marathon. His biography of Johnny Miles (Boston Marathon champion 1926 and 1929) is one of the best chroniciling Johnny's life and the warm affection the Williston family held for Johnny is remarkable. The Willistons allowed me to enter in to their lives and I spent many happy days with them at various Williston/Miles functions. I think of them each day when I gaze at the various paintings I have of Sydney Mines and the many friends I met while in Nova Scotia. I will miss Floyd -- he was my "go to" person whenever I need information regarding a Canadian runner. My deep condolences and sympathy to his lovely wife Elsie, John Williston's widow, Phyllis Williston and her family. - Posted by: Gloria G. Ratti, Vice President, Boston Athletic Association (Colleague and friend.) on: Jan 04, 2016

  • I met Floyd almost 60 years ago when he moved to Winnipeg. Being somewhat older than me he served as a fine role model of dedication to one's principles and being of service to others. Floyd was always quick to laugh and I loved his "maritime" sense of humor. Though we saw one another at rare intervals over the years when we did meet our connection was always warm and friendly. He lived a meaningful life. - Posted by: Ted Kardash (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2015

  • Mrs. Williston. My heart & my thoughts are with you. I was honored to be able to see the both of you last year and to be able to speak with Mr. Williston before presenting the Williston Memorial this year. Please know the joy you have both given to so many and know that we think of you with many happy memories. - Posted by: Carol Kowaliuk (Friend of Donnie & David) on: Dec 31, 2015

  • Thank you for your writing of a time, before I was born, of the many brave service people, including your brothers and my uncles who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. It made me proud to be a Canadian. - Posted by: mark williston (nephew) on: Dec 30, 2015

  • Floyd left behind some fine books that he wrote. I remember Floyd as a gentle and kind soul; he will be missed. - Posted by: Bill Zuk (Friend) on: Dec 30, 2015

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