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Alfred H. Williams 3rd
Hyde Park - The Reverend Alfred H. Williams 3rd of Hyde Park, NY died on Friday October 12, 2012 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was 83. Born August 17, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pa son of Harry G.C. Williams and Mildred K. Williams. Al was the middle child in the family between sisters, the late Mildred W. Tobin, and Barbara W. Fox of Newtown Square, Pa. Also in the family was a cousin, the late Milton Betelle, who was raised by Al's mother.
He was a graduate of Germantown Academy, Temple University College of Education and Crozier Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Al worked for the Presbytery of Philadelphia directing the day camp program in city parks and served as a student pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Chester, Pa.
On June 8, 1956 Al married the love of his life Doris R. Hipple of Broomall, Pa. They had four children and four grandchildren. A. Harry Williams IV and wife Janice and his daughter Catherine of Red Hook, NY. Deborah W. Binger and husband David of Hyde Park, NY. Rebecca A Chen and husband Mike and daughter Kerianne of Austin, Texas. Rev .Martha W. Jordan and husband Bruce and daughters KD and Ellie of Moorestown, NJ. He was also Gumpa to an adopted granddaughter and 5 step grandchildren.
On July 24, 1963, Al was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. Al then served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Geneva, NY for 11 years. In 1974, they moved to the Hudson Valley where Al was pastor of Presbyterian Churches in Highland and Marlboro, NY. He served there for 22 years. Active in community affairs, he was chaplain of the Highland and Marlboro Fire Companies.
After serving on various committees of Presbytery, Al was elected moderator of Hudson River Presbytery. A few years later, Doris was elected as moderator. Al was proud to be the first husband and wife to serve as moderators. They attended many General Assemblies of the church.
Al was active in Boy Scouts, chairman of Troop 72 in Marlboro. He attended two Jamborees as chaplain in sub camps. He served on the Executive Board of Rip Van Winkle Council and was president of the council in 1976-1978. Al also received the Silver Beaver Award in 1994. Al was also a proud Girl Scout often helping Doris with their daughter's troops.
Rev Williams was a 40 year member of Geneva Lodge No 965 F & A Masons in Geneva, NY and an Honorable Member of Adonai Lodge No 718 in Highland, NY and served as chaplain. He was a life member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution.
Following his retirement from the pastorate in 1995, Al worked as a greeter for Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. in Poughkeepsie for 7 years. He also supplied the pulpit of many churches in the Presbytery.
Al was known as a great storyteller and had a knack for making friends wherever he went, starting conversations with complete strangers in stores, on airplanes, and lots of other places.
Calling hours will be Tues Oct 16th, 2012from 2-4pm & 7-9pm at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. 218 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Wheelchair entrance is located in the rear of funeral home on Vassar St. Masonic Service will be at 7:30pm. Funeral will be Wed Oct 17, 2012at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Marlboro, NY. Burial will be on Sat October 20th in Broomall, Pa.
Memorial donations may be made to Rip Van Winkle Boy Scout Council 75 Pine Street, Kingston, NY 12401 or Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, Doris & Al Williams Camper scholarships, 60 Denton Lake Road, Holmes, NY 12531.
For directions or to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.torsonememorial.com
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2012