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Posted By: James Allen  |  08 Mar 2013   |  1:30 pm GMT  |  71 comments

Lady Virginia Williams, wife of Williams F1 Team founder Sir Frank, has died at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer.

According to a statement from the team, “Lady Virginia, or ‘Ginny’ as she was better known, died peacefully at the family home last night surrounded by Frank and the rest of the Williams family. Ginny had been bravely battling cancer for the past two and a half years.

Ginny will always be an integral part of Williams’ history and success, and today we pay tribute to a much loved member of the Williams family who will be sorely missed.”

Ginny was a tremendous character and very important part of the development of the team. Her book “A Different Kind of Life” about the aftermath of Sir Frank’s road accident in 1986, which left him paralysed, is a moving account of the genesis of the team, their life together and of coping with a huge change in their relationship.

She was very entertaining company and had strong views on many things, including drivers. In the early days drivers would be invited to stay in their family house and on one famous occasion Ginny told Frank that the driver who had been their guest the night before lacked the killer edge and would never make it as an F1 driver.

“Why not?” asked Frank

“Because he made his own bed,” she replied.

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1

Ahaa, itss nicee conversation regatding this artiocle at thhis place aat this web site, I have

read all that, so nnow me alsao commenting here.

2

Your in Gods hands now Ginny.

You stayed strong brave and dignified throughout your illness.

You leave behind fond memories for myself and many sad friends and acquaintances.

Sleep well.

Gordon

3

Dear Sir Frank,

My sincere thoughts are with you and your family, very sad news, she was obviously a lovely lady.

4

My condolences Mr. Williams good luck this season.

5

Belated condolences to the Williams family regarding this sad news. Remember reading years ago about her amazing resilience and persistence during the incredibly difficult aftermath of Sir Frank’s accident

6

Sad news indeed.

PS: Was she right about the driver?

7

Only the good die young, such a waste of a spirited lady. Have to feel for Sir Frank too, he must wonder about his luck 🙁

8

My sincere condolences to Sir Frank Williams and family for this sensible loss.

9

Very sad news – thoughts and prayers with Sir Frank, the Williams family and all who knew her. RIP Ginny.

10

My sympathies to Sir Frank and his family.

11

Very sad. I lost father last month at the same age of 66.

12

Top Lady, rest in peace.

13

My sincere condolences to the Williams family.

14

RIP Lady Virginia.

Condolences to Sir Frank, the family, and the wider Williams family.

It is an awful disease, all too prevalent these days.

15

Condolences also to David Coulthard, on the sudden death of his sister over the weekend. Just read about it today. Very sad news. As DC said, love life!

16

How awful. I can’t imagine how Sir Frank must feel… at least she got to see another Williams victory, as you mentioned James

17

May she rest in peace, My condolences to Sir Frank and the family.

18
Stone the crows

Deepest sympathies to Sir Frank and family,

19

Poor guy God bless him and his wife.

20

Thoughts are with Frank

One of the most inspirational sports men this country has produced in my opinion (and he’s not even a driver!)

Probably not first priority at this particular moment in time but I hope to see you r team back on the top step this season.

For you and for ‘Ginny’

21

Our deepest sympathy to Sir Frank, the family and all the Williams team. RIP Ginny

Colin & Julie Worth

22

Condolences to Sir Frank and family

RIP Ginny

23

My thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family … Ginny should be remembered with admiration for learning so many valuable life lessons following Sir Frank’s accident, and then sharing them so honestly, funnily and compassionately with the rest of us. She was no hot house flower. RIP Ginny.

24

Very sad news.

25

May Lady Virginia Rest in Peace.

Condolences to Sir Williams, his family and the whole Williams F1 Team. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

26

Sad loss

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