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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

What terrible news. God Bless Lady Virginia, rest in blissful peace. What a life Sir Frank has led so far, horrible tragedy and the very highest peaks of success and excellence and presumably joy. Best wishes to Sir Frank and the whole family. I'll say a prayer.

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+1

5

Excellent post!

I've heard Sir Frank speak about his wife and how she helped him through his own trials on a number of occassions. In one way or another I've watched Sir Frank and his Team since the late 70's and one thing is for certain, the Williams Family will remain strong during this difficult time. My one hope is that they will be granted the privacy they deserve.

R.I.P. Lady Virginia.

6

R.I.P. To the Williams Family and Friends..

8

very sad news, best wishes to frank and family

9

Shoot, my condolences to the Williams family.

Didn't know Lady Virginia was sick but reading about the way she bravely battled the illness, it's quite obvious the Williams family are from the stiff upper lip generation who took whatever life threw at them with silent grit, courage and grace.

Darn, it's been a miserable couple of days for the Williams team, first with the passing of Chavez and now this.

Rest in Peace Lady Virginia, we shall miss you.

10

Because he made his own bed

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Hahaha what a charming story.

For sure I wouldn't cut it as an F1 driver for I do make my bed every morning >>> No two ways about it.

I wonder though, could this be the reason we haven't got women pilots in F1 because all the women I know make their beds.

P.s.

No doubt, am 100% percent certain Vettel makes his own bed.

Being somewhat of a perfectionist myself, I can smell a fellow brother miles away.

On the other side of the coin, Kimi is the type that wouldn't even tie his own shoe laces.

11

I believe DC makes his own bed too.

12

Condolences to Frank and the Williams family.

13

If there is one person I respect the most in F1 that is Sir Frank. My thoughts go out to him and his family in this difficult times.

14

Rest in peace.

One of the many who were the driving forces behind the many men in the paddock.

15
Anthony hiscock (Hiscock F1 Powerboat Racing)

Be strong Frank, are thoughts are with you on this sad time

16

Truly sad news. Sympathies with the Williams family and team.

18

Ok, I never make up my own bed..

Does this mean... 😉

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R.I.P. mrs. Williams!

My condolences to the Williams Familiy.

19

I wonder who that driver was ?

20

@ ak

Nakajima junior

21

He was probably was just being respectful and polite after Frank opened his home to him and was declared a dud. Not sure I understand the logic on how this relates to kille instinct.

Perhaps from now on, I'm not going to give my kids a hard time when they don't make their beds.

22

Condolences to Sir Frank Williams and his family.

May she rest in peace.

23

james can you tell us who that driver was ? 🙂

24

So sad. Frank Williams has suffered so many blows.

25

Many condolences to Sir Frank and family

26

I'm racking my brain trying to figure out which Williams driver it was that lacked the killer edge... online searches are fruitless so far, does anyone know?!?

27

Probably Regga - the Swiss are so fastidious they have vacuum cleaners for the dinner table.

May Creator hold Sir Frank in the palm of his hand.

28

"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"

Indicates that the driver at that point had not yet entered F1... Maybe he never did?

29

As much as I love him, my first and immediate thought when I read that story was 'Damon Hill' 😛

RIP Ginny, thoughts to her family and friends

30

If the article had not said 'in the early days' - I would have said Damon. He was the sort of nice boy who would make his own bed and he was never a 'killer', more of a gentleman racer.

31

R.I.P. I only finished reading her book a few weeks ago, a very resilient lady.

32

From 1986 an extraordinary Lady in extraordinary times,condolences to Sir, Frank

and all his family, I am sure it comes from

all who follow F1.

33

Surely after all these years, someone must know who Lady Virginia was referring to?? Curious to know 😉 And I'm sure some feelings wouldn't be hurt since they lacked that killer edge anyway!

34

R.I.P.

35

Sorry to hear about Frank's loss. Ginny was obviously a huge support to him after his accident and stayed by her man.

I would like to see the team getting back on top again and regain the glory days of Jones and Mansell.

36

My thoughts are with Sir Frank, and the rest of the Williams family

37

Condolences.

Behind eveery great man, theres a strong woman.

38
Graham Passmore

Such sad news. I wonder who, amongst the great Williams drivers of the past will attend the funeral service. Are you following this Mssrs. Jones, Prost, Mansell, Piquet? I sure that, had he still been alive, Ayrton would be making his flight reservations as I write this.

39

Obviously a lovely lady whom will of course be greatly missed by frank and his family, and the wider circle of friends. It's a wretched disease that claims so many before their time, and the addage that behind every successful man is a very capable woman is clearly true in Frank Williams's case. You know we can say all the beautiful words there are to said, but they don't matter a jot as it is for Frank and his family to somehow come to terms with this very personal tragedy. All we can say really is that they are in our thoughts.

40

RIP a sad loss to the Williams family

41

My condolences to the Williams family.

42

My condolences to the Williams family! Sad news on this season start. Lets hope Williams have a great start of the season to dedicate to Lady Virginia!

RIP!

43

Poor Frank. I'll be rooting for a Williams victory in Melbourne.

44

My sympathies to Sir Williams and his family.

45

This will be what the apparent decline of interest over the team over the last couple of seasons was all about, ans i thought it was maybe related to his own health!, I wonder what happens now a resurge of interest or a turn of the back in a sense. Such a shame for a guy for all his success i am pretty sure would throw it all away to have had a full life of good health for himself and his wife.

46

Sad loss

47

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.

48

Very sad news.

49

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.

50

Condolences to Sir Frank and family

RIP Ginny

51

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

Colin & Julie Worth

52

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'

53

Poor guy God bless him and his wife.

54
Stone the crows

Deepest sympathies to Sir Frank and family,

55

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

56

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

57

RIP Lady Virginia.

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

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

58

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!

59

My sincere condolences to the Williams family.

60

Top Lady, rest in peace.

61

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

62

My sympathies to Sir Frank and his family.

63

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

64

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

65

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 🙁

66

Sad news indeed.

PS: Was she right about the driver?

67

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

68

My condolences Mr. Williams good luck this season.

69

Dear Sir Frank,

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

70

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

71

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