John Alan WILLIAMSON

WILLIAMSON, John Alan, 82, of Tampa, died peacefully at home on July 8, 2013, after a long struggle with debili-tating Lewy Body Disease and Par-kinsonism. Born on March 19, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio, John Alan was the beloved only child of John and Florine. He graduated from Western Reserve University and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. In 1953 he married his true love, Gloria. Upon being discharged from the Army in 1955, John Alan joined Travelers Insurance Company as a claims adjuster, where his bosses encouraged him to go to law school. Working by day at Travelers, he attended night school at John Marshall Law School and passed the Ohio Bar in 1961. The company transferred him to Tampa in February of 1963 and the family has considered Florida their home ever since. John Alan joined his dear friend Joe Barrs in 1967 to establish a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of injured and disabled members of the community. Later they were delighted to have superlative partners, Vicki Stolberg and Byron Townsend, to carry on their work. John Alan, fluent in many languages, took up the study of Spanish to become immersed in the local Latin community. He joined the Inter-American Bar Association and thus began his and Gloria's many travels throughout Central and South America. John Alan loved traveling with his family. He thought nothing of writing a note to the teachers, having the children pack their bags, and taking off for parts unknown. He and Gloria visited 42 countries in their world wide travels. Upon meeting John on the street or at the Court House, his fellow attorneys would greet him with, "Ok, where have you been now?" John Alan was a talented musician, mastering the piano and the bagpipes! His 50 year affiliation with the Masonic Lodge 178 included many years with the St. Andrew's Bagpipe Band. John Alan loved the outdoors and served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout troop at the Unitarian Universalist Church. He enjoyed SCUBA diving all over Florida and the Caribbean and skiing out West. An avid pilot since earning his pilot's license at age 18, he flew his own prop planes throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. Bicycling was one of his favorite forms of exercise. In his later years he cycled the C&O Canal bike trail through three states ending in Washington D.C. John Alan will be remembered by family and friends as a champion of the underdog. He was deeply kind and would never knowingly hurt a soul. He was keenly sensitive to the human need to be part of a family and always extended his family to include those in need. In the legal community he was known to be honest and ethical; he spoke the truth and kept his word. John Alan and Gloria shared a full and active life, inspiring their children and grandchildren to do likewise. John Alan is survived by his wife Gloria, daughters Suzan (Kent) Corral, Nancy (Tommy) Barrow and son Christopher Alan. His grandchildren, Tellina (Jacob), Zachary, Alice (Adam), Ian, Daniel (Ashley), Manuel, Lee and Devon, miss their Grandpa. His great grandchildren, Matthew, Ella, Sam, Nicky and Bryce, enjoy hearing great stories about what life was like with Grandpa. John Alan will also be missed by his sister in law, Dee Kublick, and dear friend Michael Pierson. The family is deeply grateful for the devoted care given by Marie, Tina and Videline. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA.org), for the support of research into Parkinson's Disease (MichaelJFox.org) or to the HumaneSocietyTampa.org.


Published in TBO.com on July 14, 2013