On this the anniversary of your death , I miss you more than words can ever describe. Loved you most ,until we meet again .
Happy Birthday June 27 "Dearest Friend"
I only worked with Commander Williams a short time but he was a very down to Earth and friendly man. It was hard to be in a bad mood after being around him. His light will certainly be missed. Continued prayers for his family as I am sure you miss this fine gentleman.
We are so very sorry to hear of Franks passing. We remember his smile, his friendship and how much he loved his family. All those trips on the bus looking for housing and Janice you were always his favorite topic of conversation. We felt we knew you well before your arrival to Sigonella. Frank was the true embodiment of an officer and a gentleman. We felt lucky to have had the opportunity to call him friend and to know his wonderful family. We will hold you all in our prayers.
I had the privilege and honor to serve with CDR Williams on his first Afghan deployment and could not have been more fortunate to have worked with such a great leader. Semper Fi, Frank!!
So sorry to hear about the passing of one who I met while deployed to Afghanistan as well. Frank was always willing to help and went on a number of village mission trips c/ us. We also collaborated c/ him in getting vaccines through the Afghan Army. During that trip we gave out thousands of vaccines. I believe he even drove the hummer for us and rode in the top as our gunner when needed. I salute you Frank! Maj Soto Retired
Frank Williams was a superb Naval Officer and a good friend and mentor. I served with him in Afghanistan in 2007-2008. We went out on two high-profile missions and his spirit, humor and good nature kept us focused. He told me he was out there so the younger kids wouldn't have to go. His honor and nobility were inspirational. He will be missed.
I'm am so saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and shipmate. I met Frank when he first arrived at Bethesda and then again in Sigonella and other places over the years. He was truly an Officer, mentor and scholar who led at the "tip of the spear". Rest in peace my friend, we have the watch. Semper fi
I will remember Frank as a dedicated officer who placed others before himself. He was always ready to listen attentively and offer words of wisdom because he sincerely cared. His actions in life reflect that and his legacy will live on in the many he inspired. Frank stands the watch in a different post now. God Bless him.
Frank Williams was one of the finest individuals I have ever met. He was a superb colleague and a wonderful friend. He had tremendous enthusiasm and passion for developing a malaria vaccine and he worked closely with many of us at the Naval Medical Research Center, donating his free time to help us with this mission. He was a courageous and fine officer, volunteering to be deployed so that others would not have to go. He was one of the bravest people I've had the honor to know and I will miss him terribly.
I will always cherish the time that we had together working at the Defense Medical Standardization Board. Being a small command, we were a tight-knit organization…and the fact that we were a tri-service unit added a unique diversity to our experience together. Frank and I both shared a strong love family and country. He found tremendous strength and support from his family that allowed him to follow his Navy career. I wish him “fair winds and following seas” in the life here after.
CDR Frank Williams was a wonderful friend and colleague spanning a friendship that started in Boston at The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation from Pharmacy School in 1984 Frank re-joined the Navy while I joined the Army. We would see each other at Pharmacy Conferences, talk on the phone, and were even stationed at Fort Detrick, MD for one of our assignments. We would always compare and share experiences and Frank was always there to offer sound advice. I have a lot of respect for Frank and I will miss him. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to his family on their loss. Until we meet again…..
Paula Doulaveris LTC (R), Medical Service Corps, US Army
CDR Williams was a joy to work with. He always had a smile on his face and made sure that everyone was ok before he left for the day. I am glad to have had the pleasure of knowing this remarkable and caring man.
As a civilian, I have never before, nor ever since, met an officer of his caliber. I meant it when I stated at his farewell from NNMC Bethesda that he is the true definition of an officer and a gentleman. For me, I had the honor to know him and work with him. In fact, his style of interacting with others remains an example by which I try to follow. I am a better person for having been in his company. He and his family remain in my thoughts and prayers.
When you needed a common sense good idea, Frank was the man! I will always remember him for his exceptional intelligence, commitment, and passion for doing what is right for the right reasons, serving as many people as possible. He will be missed. Many prayers for hope and strength to Janice and family during this very sad time.
I will always cherish my last tour serving with CDR Francis T.Williams. He had a genuine compassion for the people he worked with. I will always treasure listening to his sea stories over morning coffee and how proud he was of his sons. CDR Williams, the Sailors you served with, will forever remember you. Janice our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My heartfelt condolences to all of you. May you find comfort in the outpouring of love and the many, many shared conversations to celebrate Frank's life.
Today we honor and bid farewell to a fine man who served our nation proudly; as a Marine, and a Naval Officer. He was the type of person who knew how to respect others while commanding respect. He was the person who delivered my last oath of enlistment in the U. S. Navy. He told me it was an honor to do so; my reply “the honor was mine.” God will provide for you Commander Frank Williams as you provided so much too so many over the years. HMCM RET
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with CDR Williams in the Pharmacy Division at Ft. Detrick. He was not only a wonderful co-worker but also a good friend. He made my cilivian retirement in 2006 one of the most memorable occasions of my 33 years of cilivian service. He was surely a wonderful person who will be deeply missed.
We had the privelege of knowing and working with Frank in Sigonella. As a trusted colleague and friend- he was one of the people "standing by" when my dear son, Patrick was born! Who could have known he would be my OIC when I retired from NBHC Portsmouth in 2011?! Always a trusted confidante, leader, and friend- I can only pray that he knew how profoundly he touched our lives! The dream of opening our Warrior Health Clinic would not have come to fruition without Frank's support and commitment to caring for our Nation's heros. Janice, you all have been in our prayers daily through this past year. May God hold you in His loving hands and give you His peace during this time.
I had the great pleasure of working with CDR Williams & meeting his family during his military career while stationed at Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD. The world has lost a great, gentle, kind, and caring man. My thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time; and may you find comfort in the love of family and friends.
Frank Williams was a "gentle man" who was a dedicated friend. He touched so many lives, and will remain in the minds of the thousands who were impacted by his generous heart. I will miss you my friend, but more importantly, the world will miss you. Fair winds and following seas, Sempe Fi, and Anchors Away!
CDR Frank Williams was my friend as well as my supervisor at the Groton Pharmacy. A fine man who will be missed greatly. God Bless you and your family.
CDR Williams was a great inspiration to me. He was the first Pharmacist that I had the honor to serve with. He will be greatly missed.
CDR Williams touched many people around the world. You will be missed by more than you probably imagine. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
CDR Williams was a great mentor and leader who cared very much about the well being of the sailors entrusted into his care. You will surely be missed but your legacy of taking care of the men and women entrusted in our care will forever go on.
On February 25, 2013, we lost a good friend, shipmate and a patriot.
I first met Frank in my backyard in Newport RI back in the early 90's...he was
thinking about coming back on board the Navy. Frank had served in
Vietnam and his blood was boiling over to rejoin...I think Desert
Shield/Desert Storm had a lot to do with it!
Over a beer we talked about the pro's and con's of a navy career...although we
both had no doubt he was going
to join. We became instant friends and I'm proud to say we've been
shipmates ever since. The fact he was a fellow New Englander and a die-hard
Red Sox and Patriots fan certainly helped!
I'm not sure if any other Pharmacy Officer in the history of Navy Pharmacy has
operational experience than Frank. He loved his Navy...his Sailors...and
his country. Our country lost a great and passionate patriot...and
we lost a
shipmate and friend.
Thank you Janice for your years of support during Frank's long and stellar Navy career. Our prayers are with you and your family.
CDR Frank Williams you will be missed. Now, every time I see the USS Constitution or dine on some crabs, I will smile and say a short prayer...Bless you and your entire family. Captain Gene de Lara, MSC, US Navy.
CDR Frank Williams was an Outstanding Medical Corps Service Officer, a true colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed. We will keep the Williams family in our thoughts and prayers. CAPT and Mrs Tom Sawyer, MSC USN
So sory to hear of Franny's passsing (he will always be Franny to our family). You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.
FRANK WAS A DEAR FRIEND AND A FELLOW MARINE.HE WAS A TRUE PATRIOT AND THE WORLD WILL BE A LESSER PLACE WITHOUT HIM.
CWO-4 WALTER P. OLDHAM U.S.M.C (RET.)
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.