Albert E. Williams

  • Born: January 23, 1956
  • Died: July 31, 2020
  • Location: West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Albert E. "Al" Williams, 64, of West Bridgewater, Mass., died on July 31, 2020 at home after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born January 23, 1956 in Brockton, son of the late David A. and Barbara Jean (Bissett) Williams of Easton.

Al grew up in Easton and attended local schools, graduating in 1974 from Oliver Ames High School where he was a star football player. He earned his bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State College and his master's and Ph.D. in Recreational Leadership from the University of Oregon. He taught at Central Michigan University, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine, Presque Isle. A skilled craftsman, Al also owned and operated Town River Woodworks of West Bridgewater.

An avid outdoorsman, Al loved camping, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing and was a member of the Taunton Rifle and Pistol Club. As a boy scout in his youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. During his college years, Al worked as waterfront director at Boy Scouts of America's Camp Squanto in Plymouth. As an adult, he was a long-time scout leader for Troop 25 in West Bridgewater. As a young man, Al participated in a cross-country trip that began on the west coast and traveled eastward on bicycle through the Rocky Mountains. Al loved his vegetable garden and was a great cook.

Al leaves behind his wife, Jeanne (Gately) and their children David and Elizabeth of West Bridgewater. He also leaves his daughter Katharine Williams Gallagher and her husband Adam, and their daughter Olivia, of Dorchester, as well as daughter Emma Williams of North Easton.

Additionally, Al leaves his sisters, Jean Atwater-Williams of Sandisfield, Mass. and her husband Ronald Bernard, and Ruth Williams Carrigan and her husband Thomas of East Bridgewater. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews and a beloved group of lifelong friends.

Burial will be private. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

Donations in his memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was a great friend during our high school years❤ My heartfelt sympathies to all of Al's family and friends.

Posted by Joyce Manning    August 13, 2020

Dear Jeanne and family, and Jean and Ruth,
In recent conversation with George, I was told of Al's death. I am so sorry, and I send you all my prayers and heartfelt sympathy. God bless you,
Elaine Ojala

Posted by Elaine Ojala - Taunton, MA   August 07, 2020

so sorry for your loss. Al was a colleague at Oregon. A fine man and wonderful friend

Posted by Dan Wheeler - Anderson Island, WA - Classmate   August 06, 2020

Al was such a great person, role model and friend. He will be missed greatly. He touched a lot lives and made a difference in this world. I for one will miss him.

Posted by Sam Lankford - Fresno, CA - Friend   August 06, 2020

Our deepest sympathies and prayers are sent to the Williams family. Al was a wonderful man and great mentor to our son Eric who with his guidance attained Eagle Scout for Troop 25. His leadership, learning lessons and respect for the Boys in Scouts was always admired and appreciated.

Posted by Lynne Ames - West Bridgewater, MA - Friend   August 06, 2020

He was a wonderful guy from a wonderful family.

God's blessing on you all in this time of grief.

Charles Nelson and Family

Posted by Charles Nelson - Friend   August 05, 2020

Jeanne, David and Elizabeth,

I am so sorry for your loss. Al was one of the most kindest people, he understood the Scouts and he knew how to guide them into making the right choice and not just telling them.

My heart and prayers goes out to the entire Williams family and Troop 25.
May the good Lord hold you all in his arms at this trying time.

Gene Santorelli
Boy Scouts

Posted by Gene Santorelli - Holbrook, MA - Family Friend   August 04, 2020

I heard about your husband's passing from Mrs. Arnold when I was visiting my parents last weekend. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love and prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Kathy (Walsh) Hanson - Hampton Falls, NH - Friend   August 04, 2020

Jeanne, David and Liz,
We are so sorry for your loss. To say that Al left a big imprint on both of my boys through Boy Scouts would be an understatement. He was interesting, intelligent and there was nothing Al couldn't do. May the warm and loving memories that you have of your husband and father help you to find comfort in your terrible loss.

Posted by Danielle Ross - West Bridgewater, MA - Family Friend   August 03, 2020

Al was a quiet man who only spoke when he had something worthwhile to say. He didn't outwardly display affection but you knew if he loved or liked you. Over the past thirty years he was a part of our family. He and our daughter Jeannie gave us two incredible grandchildren of whom he was so proud. I am thankful his suffering is over for him and his loved ones. So another piece of our family is missing but we are strong and will continue on with all our memories. He will not be forgotten. RIP

Posted by Ruth Gately - Waltham, MA - Family   August 03, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family of Al Williams at this difficult time.
Al was our waterfront director at Camp Squanto and a very professional staff member. His example was one of his great traits. He was a kind and gentle man who exemplified the true spirit of Scouting and the Spirit of Squanto.
May he rest in God's special place prepared for him.

Posted by Joseph Piche - Friend   August 03, 2020

Jeanne, David and Liz
You are in my prayers and in my heart at this time. May the Holy Spiit wrap His loving arms around you
Jean Skelly

Posted by Jean Skelly - Wareham, MA - Friend   August 02, 2020

Dear Jeanne and family,
Deepest sympathy to hear Al passed away. Thoughts and prayers to you David and Elizabeth during this sadness. Sincerely Christine Courtney (Tom s cousin)

Posted by Christine COURTNEY - BERKLEY, MA - Friend   August 02, 2020