Stanley Joseph Williams, 80, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed in the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2016, at Alaska Regional Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Forest Williams and Helen Louise McDowell; he is survived by and remains loved and remembered by his many friends.
Stan was a notable and active member of his community. When he wasn't out and about with the Anchorage Thunderbird Club and later the Antique Auto Mushers, he was busy creating one of the best kept secrets in Anchorage, The Voyager Hotel. Stan was an enthusiastic and astute entrepreneur who took a foundering hotel in the middle of downtown and built it into the finest boutique hotel in Anchorage. Those who remember Stan will attest to his honesty, willingness to help, and charismatic - though matter of fact - nature. After 30 years in the tourism industry, he retired to enjoy life and his favorite things: dogs of all kinds, a good laugh, wine and home cooking, preferably all in one evening. He will be sorely missed.
After retiring it was discovered that Stan suffered from a little know condition called Para Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare form of Parkinson's. Stan often expressed his frustration with the aggressive nature of the decline caused by this condition and the fact that there is little for doctors to suggest regarding remedies for the condition.
Stan chose to make a significant donation to the foundation that researches cures for PSP. Please consider donating to CurePSP in remembrance of Stan.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Alaska, www.alaskacremation.com.
Cremation Society of Alaska
7216 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK 99507
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Nov. 17, 2016