Earl Howard Williams

Earl Howard Williams Obituary –

March 15th, 1947 – February 22nd, 2022

Earl Howard Williams Jr. “Junie” was a wonderful man that was greatly loved, admired, and will always be cherished by family and friends.

Earl passed away peacefully at Bay Pines, FL. On 2-22-22 surrounded by his beloved wife & loving family. He was the oldest of 4 siblings to Earl Sr. and Grace (Dirth) Williams of Orange, MA, Earl graduated from Mahar in 1965.

Earl always had a strong passion that brought him back in full circle to his hometown. He started a FB group 2 years ago which was a labor of love and celebrated his hometown of Orange, MA it is named “Orange, MA Memories Are Made of This”.

Earl was a Vietnam Veteran who had served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise which took him from California to Hawaii, as well as the Philippines, Hong Kong & Vietnam etc. He was a dedicated advocate for his fellow brothers and sisters who fought to ensure their voices were heard and not forgotten.

He leaves behind the love of his life his wife Cheryl (Gauthier) Williams of 44 years. They were called by their grandchildren & others “love birds” who always held hands and were best friends. Earl also leaves behind 7 children and 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Enid (Greg) Coffell of WA (her children Alyssa & Emily) (her granddaughter Kennedy)

Mason Williams of MA (partner Robert Morrow)

Ross (Katrina) Williams of FL (his daughters Carlie & Sierra, Siobhan, & Liama)

Leigh Williams Renaud of MA (her children Vincent Jr, Abrianna, & Alanna all of MA)

Jason (Tracie) Williams of UK (his children Alex & Aimee)

Melissa (Tom) Sepanek of MA (her children Megan & Alison) (her granddaughter Riley)

Jeremy Williams of CA

Earl is also survived by 2 sisters

Sherry (Steve) Lawrence (her children Mindy & Kris)

Terry Brooks (her children Ryan & Stephanie)

His sister Dawna predeceased him.

Other Nieces & Nephew who survive him are Jennifer (daughter of his sister Dawna), Jeremy Gauthier & Sarah Dempsey.

He also is survived by his mother-in-law Joanne Gauthier and Sister-in-law and husband Nancy & Donald Burke and Brother-in-law and wife Michael & Karen Gauthier.

Earl also leaves behind his many old & new friends from his FB Group whom he always loved chatting with. While working on the FB group Earl became very good friends with Bill Rush his assistant on the group. Additionally, Earl & Cheryl spent many a wonderful and enjoyable breakfast with Bill & Linda Rush in Newport Richey, FL.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Cards may be sent to Cheryl & the family at 7100 Ulmerton Road, Unit 832, Largo, FL, 33771.

Earl will have a Celebration of Life which will be held in Orange, MA around August 22,2022.

4 Responses

  1. Dad,

    You are the "Duke of Earl!" and will always be missed. I love and cherish our time together. An amazing husband, father, grandfather, advocate (and the stories of your life that I would listen to for hours and hours!). I have so many memories through-out my life, you making me challenge myself to become the man I am today. For all of that any much more I "thank you!" and know you are watching your beloved family (whom will make you proud).

    Love Forever & Always,

  2. My Dearest Darling Husband,
    You will be forever the Love Of My Life! I am so happy you followed me home that sunny day on August 3, 1977, in Greenfield, MA!

    Love & Miss You So Much!
    Your Adoring & Loving Wife,

  3. To the Family of Earl Williams. My Deepest Condolences to All, I remember Earl from high school. He was a senior when I entered Jr high school. Although, we had about 1100 students in grades 7-12 from five or six surrounding towns we all became very close. When I saw his Fb group he had started I had to join because it was input from former classmates and schoolmates you grew up with. His hard tireless hours and updates were always bringing back great memories. Earl, thank your for your service and may you Rest In Peace shipmate. MNCS USN Ret.

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