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Thomas E. Williams passed away in Florida, after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was 78.
Born to Eleanor and Ellis Williams on November 28, 1935, Thomas graduated from Woodward High School, joined the Army and served in England. He began work in the mailroom at Willy's Overland Motors, while attending night school at the University of Toledo. His career in the automobile industry spanned over 30 years, various promotions and several company mergers. He retired from Chrysler, as a financial analyst in 1991.
A devoted family man, Thomas served as scout leader, baseball coach and Jackman School volunteer. He enjoyed large family gatherings with his siblings and their extended families. Thomas adored his grandchildren and relished every opportunity to supply them with candy, cookies and doughnuts. Although a man of few words, Thomas' quiet demeanor disguised his mastery of tools, household maintenance and engine repair. If something broke, Thomas could fix it.
Thomas is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Gerry; his children, Gregory (Janet) Williams, Lori (Andrew) Coates, and Gary (Julie) Williams; his siblings, Robert (Ellen) Williams, Richard (Arlene) Williams, Judy Frantz, Sue (Gary) Leach, and David (Sue) Williams, and his grandchildren, Zachary and Tyler Williams, and Noah, Harriet and Evelyn Coates.
The family will receive guests Sunday, February 23, 2014, from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419-381-1900), where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, February 24, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Clement Catholic Church, 3030 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo, Ohio (meet directly at church). Interment will follow in Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery.
Donations may also be made in Thomas's name to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Newcomer Funeral Homes
4752 Heatherdowns Blvd
Toledo, OH 43614
Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 21, 2014