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Registered: February 2009
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I see I have PMs to answer and also emails from members which I will answer shortly. I hope to be back in photographic circulation soon but this post is to let past shuttercity users know of the death of Roy Williams on US memorial day. Here is his obit posted today in the Toronto Star: [ link ]
As you can see he lived a full life and was still active in photography. We conversed quite regularly by email about photography, his local camera club and WWII. One thing not mentioned in his obit is that Roy was a member (probably the last), of the photographic team aboard USS Missouri to record the Japanese surrender and in fact Roy was responsible for the development and printing of the negatives that have since been published worldwide. This came to light after one of our chats when he was clearing some cupboard space and came across his personal copies which he scanned and sent to me along with links to news coverage from the time. He also had a wealth of images from post war Berlin and the airlift.
Some years ago after a 10 year hiatus Roy decided to start taking pictures again (he'd stopped when digital came in although he was still secretary of the Mississauga camera club). I was pleased to help him find his way through the menus of his new D300 and to set up his camera to be used as he would his old film bodies. A few weeks later I received through the post a very heavy volume of full plate Canadian wildlife pictures. Roy was generous to fault in all ways and I will miss our chats which, because of his attitude even in his nineties of always looking on the bright side, never failed to lift my own spirits.
RIP Roy.
· Date: Wed May 28, 2014 · Views: 554 ·
Keywords: Sunset HDR, Leicestershire
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: Sigma 24-70 f2.8 @ 36mm, f5.6 @ 1/3, ISO 800, - 0.5 ev, Tripod
State / County / Area Image Taken: Leicestershire
Country Image Taken
United Kingdom
Processing Software Applications Used
NX2, CS5

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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,711
Wed May 28, 2014 1:22pm

A very touching image for both the passing of Roy Williams but also for the remembrance of a great online site; namely, Shuttercity. So interesting to hear about Roy being on the photographic team aboard the USS Missouri to record the surrender of Japan at the end WWII.

Thank you for sharing Vic.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Wed May 28, 2014 4:40pm

A powerful tribute to Roy and I remember those pictures of the Japanese surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri - never knew it was Roy that took them. Thanks so much for posting the beautiful tribute pic and for the information about Roy - a giant of a photographer.

Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Thu May 29, 2014 4:40pm

Great picture Vick and the interesting information you gave regarding Roy Williams. I didn't know the gentleman concerned, but the obit in the Toronto Star was quite moving.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
Fri May 30, 2014 3:29pm

Vic, HI;

Love the colors and atmosphere. Excellent heart felt notes, as well.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 184
Fri May 30, 2014 11:53pm

We can not honor our WWII vet enough. Sorry you lost a good friend.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,833
Sat May 31, 2014 11:28pm

Wonderful notes Vic, always hard to say goodbye to a long time friend. The picture is a stunner,

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