Donald Kingsley Williams (1917 - 2012)

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PLAINVILLE - Donald Kingsley Williams, 95, of Plainville, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, with his two daughters by his side at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. He is now reunited with his beloved wife, Carolyn (Morton) Williams, who predeceased him in 2001.

Born June 3, 1917, in Westhampton, he was one of two sons to the late Jared C. and Grace (Kingsley) Williams.

A 1937 graduate of Northampton High School, Don went on to earn his degree in horticulture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Amherst, and for many years, maintained a nursery on his parent's property in Westhampton.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941, proudly serving his country during World War II with the 9th Infantry Division. Stationed in Africa and Europe he was honorably discharged in 1945.

Don returned to Westhampton where he met the love of his life, Carolyn, whom he would marry on June 20, 1947. Together they settled in Plainville where they shared 53 years of marriage, raising two loving daughters. Don retired from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Southington in 1983.

A longtime active member of the Congregational Church of Plainville, Don served as a member of the Diaconate and was a volunteer along with Carolyn at the Plainville Thrift Shop. Don was a member of Frederick-Franklin Lodge #14 and was proud to receive his 50 year pin in 2010.

Family was of the utmost importance to Don. He led by example, showing kindness, loyalty and commitment. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and celebrating their many milestones.

An avid Red Sox fan since childhood, watching baseball and golf were favorite past times. His passion for horticulture was ever present in his well-kept yard where he spent much of his time. A true gentleman, he will be greatly missed by his family and many dear friends, leaving them with many special memories.

Don's family extends their gratitude to the staff at Apple Rehab and the W-2 staff at Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, for the compassion and care shown to all of them during his recent stay.

He is survived by his devoted daughters, Lynette Susco and Pamela Thomas and her husband, William, all of Plainville; his adored grandchildren, T.J. Susco and his wife, Arielle, Megan (Susco) Wesoly and her husband, Marc, and Michael and Matthew Thomas; two sisters-in-law, Jane Morton and Esther Williams; his niece, Debby Taggett and her family; and nephews, Gary and Rick Morton and their families.

He was predeceased by his brother, Richard; his son-in-law, Thomas Susco, his brothers and sister-in-law, Henry and Polly Morton and Frederick Morton; and nephews, Jeffrey Morton and Henry "Skip" Morton, Jr.

Services in celebration of Don's life will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Plainville. Committal services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Center Cemetery, Westhampton. Family and friends may gather on Thursday evening, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St, Plainville.

Don may be remembered with contributions to the Book of Remembrance at the Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 W. Main St, Plainville, CT 06062. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 6, 2012
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