Demise of our beloved Founder Colin Harold Williams

The CBRE | WTW family is deeply saddened by the passing of Colin Harold Williams. He was 92.

Colin Williams established the firm C H Williams & Co, Chartered Surveyors, Valuers and Estate Agents in Kuala Lumpur in 1960 after having established a similar practice in Singapore in 1958. He founded the WTW companies of C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd in Peninsula Malaysia, in 1974, and in East Malaysia, C H Williams Talhar Wong and Yeo in 1975, and C H Williams Talhar & Wong (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, in 1977.

Before founding WTW, he also established C H Williams & Co offices in Hong Kong and Jakarta, thus introducing professional valuation and real estate agency and property management and property consultancy to the region. These practices which now continue to flourish under the CBRE and CBRE|WTW banner bear testimony to his vision and foresight. Colin determinedly set the professional standard of practice for the property services in private practice and paved the way for the future generation of practitioners to follow.

Colin Williams will always be remembered for his generous philosophy of putting people first working tirelessly in safeguarding and championing the employees’ interest. His initiative in affording fully sponsored training courses to staff to further their career and personal development will always be remembered by those who have benefited from the initiative, many of whom are now successful registered valuers.

Upon his retirement in 1981, he remained actively engaged and continue to inspire those who he trained and who had the privilege of working alongside him. His name and reputation for quality continues to inspire those in the company who did not have the opportunity to work closely with him or those who may not know him in person.

We feel deeply for his passing and for the loss of a great person.  May God’s mercy and grace be upon him.  We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his bereaved family during this very difficult time.


C H Williams Talhar & Wong Sdn Bhd (18149-U)
WTW Real Estate Sdn Bhd (232397-D)
WTW Property Services Sdn Bhd (16955-A)

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