Jerry S. Williams of Manchester, Conn. died peacefully on Tuesday February 20, 2018.
An active community and civic volunteer, the World War II veteran was a member and past president of MARC, Inc. Board of Directors and also served on the Manchester Scholarship Board of Directors. Mr. Williams was Chairman of the Manchester Host Town Committee for the 1995 World Special Olympics Games and worked with MARC’s Laurie Prytko to host 99 delegates, athletes and monitors from South Africa, at that time the largest delegation to the Special Olympics Games.
He was a Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Assumption, a member of the Brotherhood in Action Group, the Holy Family Retreat League, and a ranking member and past Grand Knight of the Campbell Council Knights of Columbus. A much-celebrated athlete, Jerry Williams was a talented player in baseball, basketball and an avid golfer. A member of the town’s Sports Hall of Fame committee, he was honored in 2007 to become a member of the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame.
A graduate of General Motors Institute of Technology in Flint, Mich. and a dedicated professional he advanced rapidly in various positions at Hamilton Standard, a division of United Technologies where he was employed for thirty-six years. He retired as Materials Manager in Hamilton Standard’s Electronics Department remaining an active member of the Management Club for several years.
Born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas he was the son of Jacob and Flossie Williams. He moved to Connecticut in 1943 where he met and married his beloved wife, the late Marva Troutman Williams. He is survived by his daughters; Joy Kuhn, Sharon Taylor, Judy Henry and Jebby Wilkey; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one brother, Bernardine “BD” Williams. A son, Jerry S. Williams Jr., predeceased both his parents in 1967.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 5, from 9-9:30 a.m. at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 29 South Adams Street, Manchester. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery, 360 Broad Street, Manchester. For online condolences please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com.