Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
RIP Uncle Dick...we miss you! Love, Gina
Kathi, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Being an A's fan your dad brought a lot of enjoyment to me and my family. To be inducted to the Hall of Fame says a lot about him.
I am sorry for your loss.My prayers to you and your family.
Dick is in Heaven God takes care of us.
Hope you still have my number from Health South
Mary Smith & family(Las Vegas)
To Norma and Family, Our memories go back to 1965 when we lived in Arcadia and the great times we had that year. Our prayers are with you and your family as you go through this time of sorrow. Our Pastor made a quote this last Sunday which said, "there may be pain in the night, but there will be joy in the morning". Psalms 138:3 Much Love, Bill and Betty Wagner
My thoughts & prayers are with the family. He was an extraordinary man who will never be forgotten...he brought a lot of joy to baseball!
Mr. Williams as he was known at the Albertsons store where I work was always cheerful and He was known by all of the employees in the store. My condolences to his wife and all the family, he will be missed in our store. We are all saddened to see him go.
He was a star for the Kansas City Athletics when they were not a real good team. You could always depend on him to give his all.
WE ARE SENDING OUR PRAYERS,LOVE,&CONDOLENCES TO THE WILLIAMS FAMILY,FRIENDS,FANS,&ALL WHO KNEW MR. WILLIAMS.
What a lot of joy this man brought to my heart, and that of my brother. When we were little we were die hard Oakland A's fans. Dick helped bring to us one of the greatest baseball teams ever to play the game. Although I grew up on the east coast, I once had the pleasure of seeing the A's of the early 70's play and it was the thrill of a lifetime. Dick, RIP and thanks for the memories!!!
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
July 10, 2011
Dick and I grew up together in Pasadena, CA. Our families were very close. We played sports at Pasadena High and Pasadena Junior College. The last time we visited with him was at his mother's funeral. We extend our sympathy and love to the family.
Dave and Linda Gorrie
I had the pleasure of being a batboy for the Fort Worth Cats in 1948 when Dick played for the Cats. He was one of my favorites and a very good friend. There was never a dull moment when he was around. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
One of MLB's finest Managers, A true Gentleman in the game despite many run in's with umpires. There were times when the umpire made a bad call Dick would sometimes take a pair of eyeglasses out of his pocket & present them to the umpire just to show them up and to tell them You need these more than I do so let's get it right next time. RIP Dick you will be missed.
PS Loved you when you were a Dodger.
Thank You Mr. Dick Williams for putting the San Diego on the
baseball map. winning their league pennant with the Padres
The Willams Family
The Impossible Dream Skipper. Do you need more than that?
Mr. Williams was one of the best managers in baseball, I had the pleasure of seeing him in action against the Yankees,in 1967, at Fenway Park, I followed him through his career, he coached the old school way, a real great guy for the players, and fans, he is definately in baseball heaven. My best to his family
To Dick Williams Family, May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. To Dick Williams, Thank you for leading my Oakland A's to 2 world series titles.
I forgive you for beating the Reds in 1972. Rest in peace.
The pitch stands still, rest in peace.
Ronnie and I wish to extend our sincerest symphanies to you and your children. Even though we didn't see each other very often, we are still family. I always read your letters to mother (Jennie Giardina) at Christmas. You are so warm and sincere and Dick was too. We will be praying for you during this most difficult time. Much love, Ronnie and Maria Glynn
I remember Dick from the North Shore Gardens neighborhood during the Red Sox Years. Feeling "a part" of the Red Sox in 1967 while having so many for neighbors was a real thrill. Dick was a class act. I pray for peace and comfort for the Williams family. I feel honored to have known him.
Dick was a man admired by many. He will always be remembered and he will be missed. As we think about his life how comforting it is to ponder on John 5:28.
May God wipe the tears from your eyes. Rev 21:4
Dick Williams was a Fan's manager. He realized the importance of the fans. I met him when he was manager of the San Diego Padres. He was so gracious! A wonderful man - he will be missed. My condolences to his immediate family and his "extended" family - all the fans!
Just as Jesus resurrected many who had died while he was on earth, so he will also soon resurrect our loved ones. (Luke 7:11-17)
I met Mr. Williams at a 30th reunion for the '73 team in Oakland. The NICEST guy you could ever meet. I was videotaping meeting him & he even said "Hi" to my parents who couldn't make it to the game that day. He's at peace now. God Bless the Williams Family.
he may not have been one the all-time great baseball players, but he was one helluva manager. rip
I was a young teenage boy when Dick Williams took over as manager of the Boston Redsox. He not only brought the team back to respectability, but set the francise on a course that still remains today. He remains one of the greatest sports figures in Boston History, He was a great manager and a greater man. Rest in peace Dick, You will have my love and respect until the day I pass.
I was 11 years old in 1967 while 2004 and 2007 were memorable 1967 for that 11 year old kid it will always be my best memory.Dick Williams put the Red Sox back on the Baseball map that year and for all those memories this lifetime baseball fan will always be grateful.Condolences to the Willams family
My dad and I just went to the Father's Day Classic and got a kick out of Dick Williams making the record books for managing both teams. He was always smiling, looked great. We were shocked to hear he is gone just weeks later. Thanks for all you did, as someone else pointed out, he gave the Red Sox organization the kick that led eventually to Theo and the winning years. Rest in peace, and our best to the family. From the Quadros family in New Bedford, Mass. and Worcester, Mass.
It's appropriate that, in his obituary picture, Dick is wearing a Red Sox cap. While, if success is defined as World Series won, he may have been more successful at Oakland, he holds a very special place in the hearts of all Boston fans. 1967 was an extraordinary year for the Sox and Dick Williams was a big part of that. Rest in Peace.
May God bless the Wiliams family and long live the name of Dick.
Dick was tough, but fair! He ruled the club-house, but some players cried when they didn't get their way. Wish he could have stayed in Boston.
Rick and other family members, your in our thoughts at this time.
I always enjoyed chating baseball with your Dad. We need more hard nose, no nonsense managers like him in game today. Was glad that he finaly got his due when elected into Hall of Fame.
My husband brought me to the Baseball Hall of Fame few yrs ago for the first time. One of my favorite highlights was listening to Dick Williams and the funny stories he had. We go to the HOF every year now and now we will definitely miss an icon. You managed my and my husbands favorite teams, Boston Red Sox and the A's. You had a personality that was larger than life and we will all miss you. Thanks for the memories!
Personally, I was there at Fenway on Oct. 1st, 1967, a magical moment last will live forever in my heart and mind. I was just 16 but it seemed like only yesterday. I will never forget the 5th inning when Jim Lonborg laid down the surprise bunt that started it all. The ballpark simply exploded! Then single after single. Dick Williams was the architect of the 'rebirth' of Red Sox baseball. Without him, this team would not have had the success its had these past 44 years. God bless you Dick Williams and Thank You for all the precious memories!
Thanks Dick, you helped make the summer of my 12th year the most magical ever...I'll never forget the '67 Sox. Rest in peace, you'll live on in our memories...
You out foxed Johnny Bench in that series against the Reds. Just one memory of many you gave to us fans of the game. You were one smart BB man. Intentional walk J.B.?LOL
"To the family of Dick Williams- May our Heavenly Father the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you. 2 Cor. 1:3,4. With deep sympathy. G.W. Williams, (Al).
May the God of all comfort provide hope and peace to you at this most difficult time.
He was a winner. Simple as that. Mr.Williams knew the recipe that worked and proved it in more than one city.
My sympathies to his family.
We knew Dick best when he played for the Dodgers. Talented and always spirited, he helped the team in numerous ways. He was a very good friend and simply, just a great guy. We will miss him. Condolences to his family.
The family of Jake Pitler, Dodger coach 1947-1957
by son, Larry Pitler
As a 9 year old just coming to the age of baseball, I will always remember the "Impossible Dream of '67" .... Thanks for starting my love and passion for the game Coach Williams .... May you enjoy the never ending game up in Heaven along side with the other greats that have gone before you ...
I remember Dick leading the "mustache gang" to their Championships in Oakland. Being a huge Reggie Jackson and Oakland A's fan, I watched him keep the team, with all it's stars, focused on winning the big games. He also dealt well with a somewhat difficult owner, but it all came to be in 1972! Thank you for the life-long memories Dick. God's Speed into home! Mike Streit
Your dad was a class act. He and the family were our neighbors for two summers in Fremont, CA in the early '70s, the glory years. We were blessed to have crossed paths with such a great man who contributed so much to baseball.
Thsnks for making it memorable.
Mr. Williams, all of baseball honors you, but nothing can compare with what you did for the city of Boston. As a young kid, it never crossed my that the Red Sox were even eligible to win the pennant. It was as though there were the Twins and Orioles, and then there were the Sox, and back then the Yankees,too, at the bottom of the pile. How many different lineups did you submit in '67? Twenty-five? Thirty? You lit a fire under this team, your determination became infectious, and a little boy came to believe that anything is possible. My love goes to you, and my prayers and thanks go to you and your family.
Thank you for the best season ever
I was 9 when you took over the team and made the promise "we would win more games than we lost." You turned the country club into a disciplined unit. We came so close. You woke up Red Sox Nation for many of us that continues today and showed us dreams were not "impossible!" Thanks Dick!
I will alwayys feel indebted and affection for Dick. Thanks again.
Sheldon G. Bardach
Thanks for the memories, Dick Williams. I hope the A's retire #23 to forever cement your legacy with the A's and Oakland. Our condolences to your family.
My father told me stories about the '67 season. It really seemed like a magically shocking string of triumphs and victories. Though he couldn't overcome a real curse, I'm sure Dick took pride in being apart of the long and arduous journey that concluded in October of 2004. He gave pride to a new generation, that allowed a perennially failing team to hold out hope in a brighter future through darker times - culminating in our loyal, death-defying fanbase and, finally, another World Title. RIP.
dick williams was considered firm,but fair with the players 'no premadonas'.that changed the red sox forever.dick williams is up there with belechik.i'm sorry for his family,but he made his mark,and gave us his best. god bless dick williams..... ray kelley arlington ma.
my condolences go out to the williams family. growing up in oakland watching dick coach the A'S TO 2 world series was so special and memorable. i really looked up to him as a great coach and a greater human being. r.i.p. dick....
Remembering the great games and good sportsmanship. Pat G. Martin
I turned 13 the summer of 67, the summer when I concluded that magic could last a lifetime. Thanks, Dick.
His influence on the A's converted this then college student to a life-long baseball fan. What a larger-than-life personality. His absence will be felt.
My condolences to your loved ones and my thanks to you for the 1967 season which provided many Red Sox fans with glorius memories that will live beyond all of us. There were so many things that season that I can still recall like it was yesterday. Thank you. Rest in peace.
Thanks to you, Dick, a lifetime of Red Sox joy began for this 12 year old girl in the year of the Impossible Dream. The memories of that season are vivid still, and the '67 Sox will always be "my" team. May you rest in peace.
I was going to school in Boston in 1967, and Dick Williams and the Red Sox helped make it the most exciting season ever. Scott, Andrews, Rico, and Foy. Yaz, Reggie, and Tony C. and later The Hawk. Gibson, Howard, Lonnie and Santiago. So many memories. And Dick Williams at the helm. My Dad and I attended game seven of the World Series. We'll miss you Dick.
I was only a 12 year old boy when you gave us the greatest baseball season ever. The excitement was so electric that even my mother was rooting for the Red Sox (and she never liked sports). You produced a summer of dreams where anything was possible. It is magical to believe in anything and everything at that age. Thank you.
Never met you but you were my grandpa's cousin, heard lots of good things about you!
The Red Sox fans will never forget you. You gave them their first penant win and took them to the first world series in twenty years.Ithank you very much for for that season. That was the impossible dream.
Thanks for the greatest season - ever !
I was 13 when Dick Williams made all our dreams come true as manager of the 1967 pennant winning Boston Red Sox...The Ball it Soars, the Crowd it Roars the Dream is coming True and now our hero crosses home and Now it's 3 to 2. Thank you for that everlasting memory Dick Williams
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
The 5th inning of the last game of the 1967 season has been one of the highlights of my life. Lonnie's bunt, Dalton's single, Jerry Adair's hit then Yaz, clearly being led by a higher power, with the liner to center. Ken Coleman's call "and the beat goes on" still brings back great memories and a tear. Dick Williams made it all happen and led to the 44 great years that have followed. I am sure that all of us that are now a part of Red Sox Nation are joining me in a prayer of thanks to Dick Williams.
As a 12 yr. old Red Sox lover, listening with the transistor radio ear plugs in bed with me at night, 1967 was a dream I will never forget. Thank you DW for that season.
My first Red Sox memories are of you and Ken Coleman. My condolences to the entire Williams family.
Thanks for the Summer of Love .. that team made baseball relevant in Boston again, what a great ride that was.. thanks Skip and RIP
Dick was a great manager, who changed baseball in Boston and in every city in which he managed. My condolences to his family and thanks for all he gave to the game of baseball in this town.
The 1967 BOSOX pennant run was fabulous.It electrified the city at a time when we neeeded a shot in the arm like that.Thanks for the memories.
As a junior at The Newton High School in '67 the series was one of the most memorable events. Even the strictest teachers wanted to know what was going on during the games. It gave us a sense of community.
Dick Williams you will be missed...you began the thrills I will always remember as a kid loving baseball....thanks you so much!
To the the family of Dick Williams - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
It was great to see the Sox win the World Series in '04, but 1967 is still the greatest Red Sox season ever. Thanks Dick !!!
i'll never forget the summer of 67 and the impossible dream--thanks dick and rest in peace --- Ned Farn
I remember going to the A's games when Mr. Williams was the manager. He was a real professional and will go down in history as "one of the best".
Irene E. Madrid/Reno, NV
I was a 17 year old high school Junior at Plymouth-Carver High School in 1967. My friends and I skipped school and went to Game #1 of the World Series.I returned to Plymouth only to get "busted" by my mother because school called regarding my absence. I told her that I had Dick William's permission to skip school and to root for the Sox. It didn't work....but we still talk about it until this day. Thanks Dick for sharing this part of your life with us. It was "special". God Bless!
Sioux City, Iowa
My heart goes out to the Williams family, friends and fans. I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is not easy. I hope that you can find comfort in John 25:8.
Changed the landscape for Red Sox fans forever RIP
I became a Red Sox fan in 1967, been loyal ever since. Thanks, Dick, for starting something really special.
Thank you for a very memorable 1967 season.
"I tell you what. We'll win more games than we'll lose"
Dick Williams -spring 67'
Thanks from a then 13 year old boy
Always a good coach Dick!
You brought Baseball fans joy for many years. May you rest in Peace and may your family be comforted
Dick Williams was the architect of the first lasting sports memory that I have. Not only that, but on the late afternoon of 10/1/67, I saw my father as unabashedly happy as I've EVER seen him. That 1967 Red Sox season, which redefined the franchise, is one huge reason (along with the Big Bad Bruins teams of the late '60's) why I became the rabid fan of Boston pro sports that I've been for the last 40+ years. RIP, RHW.
Thank You Dick for all you did for our beloved Red Sox, you will never be forgotten. God Bless You
Thanks for giving many of us Red Sox fans the first World Series team of our life. We'll NEVER forget the Impossible Dream 1967!
Thanks for the memories Dick.
I lived in San Diego in 1984 and was a huge Padres fan. Dick took them to the playoffs where they met the Cubs in a 5 game series for the right to play in the World Series. The Padres lost the first game in Chicago 13-0 and also lost the second game there too. The needed to win all three games in San Diego and, thanks to some key hits by Steve Garvey and others, they won all three games and played Detroit in the Series which unfortunately they lost in 5 games. Dick was a great manager and also a great man and I would like to pass along my condolences to his family and friends. RIP Dick, and thanks for the memories....