VESTAL, N.Y. — Charles "Charlie" R. Williams died peacefully on Oct. 12, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1928. After graduating from Forty Fort High School in 1945, Charlie enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a medical corpsman in World War II. Upon discharge, he attended Wilkes College, where he met his wife and best friend, Maggie, in their "Marriage and the Family" class. They liked to think they got an A in the class.
Charlie retired from IBM Glendale after 30 years in the systems technology division. In 1984, he received the IBM President's Award.
Charlie and Maggie moved to Vestal, N.Y., in 1955. He was active in the Vestal Jaycees and served as president of the local chapter and as regional vice president. In 1960, he was nominated for Jaycee's Young Man of the Year Award.
He initiated a volunteer visiting program at the Binghamton State Hospital. Charlie was also active in the Vestal Little League, where he served as a coach for many years, as well as president. He was a member of the Vestal Emergency Squad, where he was an emergency medical technician.
He was also a part of American Legion Post 1700.
The latter part of his life was spent enjoying time with his wife and family. In particular, they loved taking cruises and spending time at the beach. Charlie lived life to the fullest and will always be remembered for his love and devotion to his family and the New York Giants.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Anna Williams.
He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret (his Maggie), to whom he was married for 63 years. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Roarty; his children, Kathleen (Gary) Boll, Charles Williams Jr., Nanci Williams, Frank and Thomas Williams. In addition, Charlie was a devoted grandfather to 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The family expresses their thanks to the staff at Lourdes Hospital and to the members of the Vestal Volunteer Emergency Squad for the compassionate care they provided to Charlie in his time of need.
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home LLC, 765 Main St., Vestal. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park, where full military honors will be accorded. The family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Vestal Volunteer Emergency Squad, 324 Myrtle St., Vestal, NY 13850.