Patricia Mae Williams
1947 - 2021
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Patricia Mae Williams, 73, of West Hartford CT, passed away January 13, 2021. She was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 1947 to the late James Williams and Daisey (Burkett) Williams. Ms. Williams leaves to cherish her memory, life partner of 23 years, Mary A Young; son, Jason Williams of Berkeley, CA; stepson, Eric Calloway of Enfield, CT; sisters, Barbara S. Williams and Sharon K. Brown of Des Moines, IA; grandsons, Rock Williams and Zen Williams of Oakland, CA; and an extremely large host of relatives, friends & community. She was predeceased by her brothers, Carl E. Williams, James E. Williams, Sr., Gerald R. Williams, and Alonzo Q. Williams, Sr. Patricia Williams' parents deeply believed that education and community involvement were the key to success for the African American Community, and they energetically stressed, shared, sacrifice and shared responsibility to their seven (7) children. Family unity, freedom rides, many marches and fiery oratory shaped the vision of Patricia Williams' generation and emphasized the responsibility to use one's talents in service to the community. Her involvement in 60's era civil rights encouraged her to fulfill the parental education mandate by enrolling at the University of Iowa, in 1966, and she completed her education in Urban and Regional Planning. She relocated from her native Iowa to Hartford, CT and began her career in 1973 as an Urban Planner for the Capitol Region Council of Governments, writing zoning and land use regulations for cities and towns in the area. Following a three-year period as the Town Planner in the Town of Glastonbury, in 1978 she become the Director of City Planning for the City of Hartford; the first woman and first minority in both positions. Her over twenty (20) years as Director of City Planning and subsequently as Deputy City Manager introduced her to many organizations across the city for which she would volunteer from that point up to her passing. Retiring from City service beginning in 2002, Ms. Williams began a short-lived respite from her hectic schedule. In early 2003 Ms. Williams was offered a new challenge and accepted the opportunity to re-build one of the City's public housing developments as Project Manager. Thus, working closely with the community, Ms. Williams led the relocation and redevelopment of the Dutch Point Colony housing development from 2003 through 2008. Following this fulfilling activity, Ms. Williams returned to retirement and continued her participation in community matters. Up until her passing, she participated on many levels for a multitude of organizations however focused her energies primarily in the Upper Albany neighborhood. She was very active with the Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative serving on the board from its inception and headed innumerable programs. Additionally, she was involved in Upper Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, University of Hartford University Park Committee, Upper Albany Development, Inc., Hartford Housing Authority Westbrook Village Local Planning Committee, The Leadership Roundtable, and the Anti-Litter Campaign. Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford was where Ms. Williams and her life partner Mary fulfilled their spiritual journey as part of a loving and welcoming congregation. She was an active member of the choir, participated in many social activism causes, was a frequent scripture reader, attended bible study faithfully, and served as the Vice Moderator on the Board of Directors. The education of African American Youth was very important to Ms. Williams and she was involved in many youth programs ensuring that there were opportunities for them to learn, shine and evolve as she saw them as our future leaders. She enjoyed reading, keeping abreast on social events, sports, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren Rock and Zen, and her friends at Piggy's'. She communicated with her son and sisters often having long conversations on a myriad of topics that may have been a debate, an educational discussion or just a bit of fun resulting in laughter. No matter whom she met or exchanged conversation with, Ms. Williams represented a beacon of hope and a pure bright light. She projected a feeling of acceptance on everyone she encountered. To celebrate the life of such an extraordinary woman, a "Live Stream" only memorial service will take place Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM. There will be no in person observances as Ms. Williams would not have allowed anyone to sacrifice their wellbeing on her behalf. We will gather together in person (late spring/early summer 2021, once it is safe for everyone) to join together in community to celebrate her life, and be a witness to her legacy. Services are being managed by Henry L. Fuqua (a division of Howard K. Hill Funeral Services), Bloomfield, CT 06002. To access the live streaming platform the day of the memorial service (or after) and/or leave a message of comfort for the family of Patricia Williams family, please visit, www.hkhfuneralservices.com
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative (UANC), earmarked Patricia Williams Scholarship Fund.

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Published in Hartford Courant from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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January 29, 2021
Dear Williams Family,
I am speechless and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve a great loss who can never be replaced.

Sincerely,

Carolyn Brooks-Burton
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Carolyn Brooks-Burton
Coworker
January 28, 2021
To the Family of Pat Williams...
You well know her kindness and compassion had no boundaries! May she rest in the power of her legacy.
Karen Bailey Addison
Friend
January 27, 2021
Pat, the world doesn't turn without people like you. You had so much left to give. Mary and family, my deepest condolences.
Matt Fitch
Coworker
January 27, 2021
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Matthew Fitch, Hartford
January 27, 2021
My deepest condolences to Pat’s family.

As a classmate at the U of Iowa Pat was always passionate about her interests and very focused on accomplishing her goals. She was kind and willing to help others. May you find comfort in many good memories. She leaves an amazing legacy.
Karen Whitney
Friend
January 26, 2021
Mima, I hope you get to rest. You've worked and served others and showed me and Rock what it means to be a true champion of community for as long as I can remember. I hope we make you proud and show you that you taught us everything we know about compassion, dedication, love.
Zen Williams
Grandchild
January 26, 2021
I loved my sister and I will see you again.
Barbara Sue Williams
Family
January 25, 2021
Mary, Jason, Zen, and Roc,
I am deeply sorry for your loss & want to extend my deepest condolences to you all. Pat was not only my colleague, she was my friend & we had become a family down at UANC. I gained so much knowledge working beside her. God called her home but she will be sorely missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Dorothy M. Biggs
Friend
January 23, 2021
To Mary and Pat's family, may God grant you peace in your time of loss. Please know that Pat's memory will live on in the lives of the many people in the community that she touched, including me. As a young man, I remember serving her in a restaurant on Albany Avenue and watched her as she watched me grow in to person I am today. Blessings, Grace and Mercy...
Todd
Friend
January 22, 2021
Pat was a people person. She had a photographic memory and didn't have to cram for exams like the rest of us in college. A humble genius. I'm not surprised at her long list of accomplishments. A gift to the planet and the universe she is. So sorry for your loss family. She will be missed!
Kimberly Reed
Friend
January 22, 2021
I would like to offer my deepest Condolences to the Family of Pat. I had the pleasure of working with her for the past Ten years in our community. I must say she and I collaborated in this past November. She certainly will be sorely missed.
Barbara Alleyne
Friend
January 21, 2021
May your soul Rest In Peace. My condolences to the family.
Michelle Roberts
Friend
January 21, 2021
Pat my boss my old neighbor my friend how I will miss you and your deep dedication to the community. I will miss our long talks on issues and family but most of all just seeing you. Jason Rock Zen and Mary my deepest condolences . You are all in my thoughts and prayers Love you
Margaret Johnson
January 21, 2021
Aunt Pat, your kindness, wisdom and words of encouragement will be missed. Love you
Tara Williams
Family
January 21, 2021
Rest In Peace my friend. I will miss our talks and your dry sense of humor. And now you will talk your rest in the arms of the Lord.
Ellen Nurse
Friend
January 20, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ann Williams
Friend
January 20, 2021
To the Family, it sadden me to hear, about the passing of Pat. I had the opportunity to work with Pat, at the City of Hartford the department of Planning, she was outstanding Supervisor. she will be missed by many.
Leola J. Pertillar MCCrorey
Coworker
January 20, 2021
Love you Sister
Barbara Sue Williams
Sister
January 20, 2021
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Denise Nappier
January 20, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss, Jason. I have nothing but good memories of your mom. She was kind and accepting and willing to turn house completely over to us everyday after school! I will think of her and smile--
Sabrina Moore
Friend
January 20, 2021
I love you and Miss you Mom, you will always be with me
jason williams
Son
January 20, 2021
jason williams
Son
January 20, 2021
I will "Love You" always and forever and when my time has come we will again be one.
Mary Young
Spouse
January 20, 2021
Pat was the epitome of what a public servant should be. She was tireless in her efforts to make the community she served a better place for all. May she rest in a well deserved peace in the arms of the Lord.
Bernie Sullivan Chief of Police Htfd.Ret
January 20, 2021
I am heartbroken. Pat was a kind, caring and devoted person. She loved her family and spoke about Mary, Jason and her grandkids whenever we saw each other. I had the pleasure of working with Pat and socializing with her as her friend for over 20 years and seeing first-hand how much she loved our City ,especially, North Hartford. Pat will be missed but her contributions will live on forever.
Sandy Kee Borges
Friend
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