ABILENE, Texas - Stuart Hotchkiss Williams, 61, formerly of Peterborough, N.H., passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Abilene following hip surgery.
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Stuart was born in Peterborough, N.H., on Dec. 2, 1950, to the late Sydney M. Williams Jr. and the late Mary Hotchkiss Williams. He attended Miss Linderman's Gosling School on Pine Street for 14 years.
He lived most of his life on the family farm on Middle Hancock Road and stayed in the area until 2007, when he moved to Abilene, Texas. At an early age, his artistic talent was apparent and Stuart went on to become a successful artist whose work was exhibited in many local places as well as the Currier Museum, Yale University and galleries in Boston, New York and Scottsdale, Ariz. He was a unique person who suffered from Prader-Willi syndrome, yet his wonderful sense of humor blossomed in his brightly colored pictures often filled with mischievous animals cavorting throughout the canvas. His work is a complex layering and overlapping of images, often filling the whole space with frolicking activity.
He loved books, bookstores (especially used bookstores) and was an incredible reader. He was an animal lover (goats being most dear to him) and felt strongly about the protection of wild animals. He built an amazing collection of thousands of books, mostly about the natural history of animals. He had enjoyed two safaris to Africa and loved to travel.
Stuart was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mary W. Gregg. He is survived by three sisters, Betsy W. Moody and her husband, Dick, of New Boston, N.H., Charlotte W. Neinas and her husband, Fred, of Cambridge, Mass., and Jenny Williams of New Ipswich, N.H.; and four brothers, Sydney Williams III and his wife, Caroline, of Old Lyme, Conn., Frank Williams of New York City and Wellesley, Mass., Willard Williams and his wife, Holly, of Greenfield, N.H., and George Williams and his wife Roberta of Delaware, Ohio, and Wellington, Fla.; also, a brother in law, Robert E Gregg of Hancock, N.H., and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
services:A service will be held at the Unitarian Church in Peterborough on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the church with burial at Pine Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to an animal rescue organization of your choice. The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Peterborough, Hillsborough, is assisting the family. For more, log on to www.holtwoodburyfh.com.
Published in Union Leader on May 22, 2012