It is with great sadness that we notify you all of the sudden passing of Dr. Conrad Williams on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. We owe our hospital’s existence to him as he opened Beaches Animal Clinic in 1959, despite the skepticism of town veterinarians that the clinic would survive beyond it’s first year. He was a wonderful person, veterinarian, and in so many ways was like a father to many people. He continued to give advice and support for Beaches Animal Clinic well beyond his retirement date. He will be greatly missed.
After his retirement, he became interested in art and painting. If you’ve been in the clinic in the most recent years, you may have noticed some of his seaside paintings hanging in the lobby and hallways.
A Note from Dr. William Daniel:
I have known Dr. Williams all of my life, first as our family veterinarian, than as an employee during the summers, and later as an associate. I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with someone who not only taught me a lot about Veterinary medicine, but also about honesty and integrity. To me, he was a teacher, mentor, and mostly, a friend. He will be profoundly missed.
-William J Daniel
The following is from his Obituary:
Conrad LaVerne Williams, 83 passed away in Jacksonville, Florida on June 25, 2013. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on February 18, 1930. Conrad founded Beaches Animal Clinic in 1959. After 35 years of being a veterinarian, he developed and nurtured a love of artistry. He was of Episcopalian faith and was a member of the International Rotary Club, Interact Club of Fletcher High School as a sponsor, and served on the Board of Directors at Ocean State Bank and Oceanside Bank. Conrad graduated from Fletcher High School – Class of 1948, and attended the University of Florida, Louisiana Tech University, and University of Georgia, School of Veterinary Medicine. Family members include his loving wife of 39 years, June Falk Williams; children, Roman Williams (Martha), Judson Williams (Sandie), Buster Morrow, and Gary Morrow; grandchildren, Judina Keaton and Wesley Morrow; five great-grandchildren; and two four legged children Jazzie and Amelia. He is predeceased by his parents, Aubre Lake and Marguerite Lora Williams (nee Butler). A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, June 29th in the Chapel of Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home. If desired, donations may be made to the Jacksonville Humane Society, 8464 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216: www.jaxhumane.org