Edward Joseph Williams, Sr. of Hockessin passed away on February 16 at the age of 86.
Edward "Edd" will be remembered as kind and loving by his surviving wife of 62 years, Rhoena Nichols Williams, and his children: Julia Williams Punderson (Jeffrey) of Easton, MD, Edward Joseph Williams, Jr. of Wilmington, Patricia Williams Carothers (Alan) of State College, PA, Neal Paul Williams of Hockessin, and Naomi Williams McCafferty (Michael) of Wilmington. He is also survived by his two sisters Alice Horvath of Walnutport, PA, and Barbara Bristow (Len) of Toronto, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Richard C. Williams, Jr., and his sisters Mary Hallas, Margaret Williams, and Bernadette Stamm.
Edd was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland, where he graduated from St. Patrick's Boys School. During WWII there was a farm labor shortage in America so the Secretary of Agriculture for Delaware traveled to Newfoundland in 1944 and recruited Edd and other young men to come to work on Delaware farms. He first worked on the Palmer's poultry farm in Glasgow, where he made many lifelong friends. He then moved to Hockessin to work on the dairy farm of Joseph (Betsy) and Paul (Ruth) Mitchell. To the Mitchells, Edd was like the son they never had, and his love for them was enduring. Over the years, Edd became an accomplished dairyman and ultimately took over the farm when the Mitchells retired. Edd and his family took care of the Mitchells for the rest of their lives.
Although Edd grew up in the city, he loved running the family dairy farm in Hockessin where he and Rhoena raised their five children. As a successful dairyman, he won many awards for milk and crop production, but he most enjoyed visiting with friends that came to see him at the farm. Telling stories of his native Newfoundland was one of Edd's favorite past times.
He was an active member of Pencader Grange and was named Delaware State Granger of the Year in 2009.
Family and friends are invited to visit at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, on Friday, February 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. On Saturday, February 23 a visitation will be held at 10:30 am at Ebenezer Methodist Church, 525 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark DE 19711, followed by funeral service at 11:30 am. Interment will follow at Hockessin Friends Meeting Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hockessin Friends Meeting, 1501 Old Wilmington Road, Hockessin, DE 19707, or, the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, P.O. Box 1897, Dover, DE. 19903.
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