Elmer S. Williams Jr., 81: Veteran, master builder shared talents with others

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FREEPORT — Elmer “Sonny” Scherer Williams Jr., 81, died Dec. 18 with his family by his side, after a four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born in Freeport on Oct. 4, 1933, a son of Eva (Thompson) and Elmer S. Williams Sr. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1950, and was part of an Army airborne division serving in Japan.

After his discharge in 1955, Williams returned home and worked at Freeport Shoe, where he met his future wife, Pauline Vera Coffin. They married in 1957.

Together with his wife, Williams, a talented mason and carpenter, built numerous homes in Freeport. In 1976, the couple settled on Marquis Road, and his craftsmanship was evident in their own home.

In 1993, Williams and his wife built a log house on Keg Lake, in Lakeville. The second home became a favorite spot for the family. Williams particularly enjoyed taking his grandsons there for hunting and fishing on the lake.

Williams will be remembered for his love of family, his talent for building and his passion for cutting wood. He was said to have the largest wood pile on Marquis Road, and possibly anywhere nearby.

Williams was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Pauline, in 2010; his son, Stephen P. Williams, in 1994; and in November, by his furry friend, “Mika.”

He is survived by his son, Andrew T. Williams, wife Meredith and two sons, Sawyer A. Williams and Austin T. Williams, all of Freeport; his sister, Sharon Brennan, of Freeport; his sister, Donna Lapierre, of Durham; his brother, Norman Williams, of Freeport; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Monday at Lindquist Funeral Home, in Yarmouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CHANS Hospice, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011, or to the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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