ORR’S ISLAND — Warren S. ”Bill” Williams, 79, died peacefully at home Jan. 29 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Born in Harpswell on Feb. 5, 1931, the son of Leland and Marion Corbett Williams, he attended Harpswell schools and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1949.
In 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Wasp and USS Tarawa during the Korean War for four years.
He married Nancy Sylvester in Brunswick on Nov. 13, 1952.
For 33 years he worked for Pejepscot Paper Co., traveling throughout the state as a scaler and wood buyer.
After he retired he worked for area contractors and completed special projects for his son.
He was predeceased by a son, Michael E. Williams, in 1997; a grandson, Brant R. Williams, in 2004, and two sisters, Janice Williams Gott and Gladys Williams.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of Orr’s Island; his son, Robert Williams and his partner, Lisa Christensen of Bailey Island; a sister, Charlotte McDowell of Asheville, N.C.; a granddaughter, Amber Hemond, and her husband Nat of Topsham; two great- grandchildren, Belle and Clay Hemond; and several nieces and nephews, including special nieces Kathy and Beth.
His hobbies included gardening, woodworking, decoy carving and hunting.
He was passionate about his garden and enjoyed starting his vegetables from seeds for many years.
Over the past 15 years he enjoyed building and visiting “Camp Dingo,” the log cabin that he built with his son and grandson in a remote section of Franklin County.
Friends may visit at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick, on Thursday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home.
A tribute of his life may be viewed and condolences expressed at brackettfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brant Williams Memorial Trust, c/o Maine Community Foundation, 245 Maine St., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or online at mainecf.org. The Brant Williams Memorial Trust is a college scholarship fund for Harpswell students to honor the memory of his only grandson, Brant Williams.