Remembering John Williams 1925 – 2017
Co-founder of FitzRoy and a remarkable man.
“Help and love are two four letter words that should be used regularly.”
A message from our Chief Executive, Anna Galliford
“We are very sad to hear of John Williams’s death, and the thoughts of everyone at FitzRoy are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
John was such an inspiration to so many of us over the years; a man of strong character and conviction with a huge heart. When John’s son Huw was born with a learning disability, he and his wife Audrey vowed that they would care for him in a real home, not put him into an institution as the doctors advised.
They were brave and turned their backs on the norms that existed in 1962. Alongside other families, they founded FitzRoy, a charity dedicated to benefiting many people with disabilities. They went on to open care homes across the country and today the charity supports over 800 people with learning disabilities, something John was very proud of. Seeing each person and supporting them to lead the life they choose was very much the foundation of John’s vision and we are immensely proud to uphold these values today.
John touched the lives of so many vulnerable people giving them the opportunity as John would put it ‘To live in a home with a small h’. He was rightly proud that this style of care is now commonplace in social care today. In 2014 he received The Mansell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Learning Disability sector, a very fitting recognition for a truly great man.
John was a wonderful combination of strength of purpose, tenacity and warmth. He was a gifted leader ahead of his time, and we are very proud to see the charity he founded all those years ago thrive. His legacy lives on.”