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Kevin John Williams

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Kevin John Williams Obituary

Kevin John Williams, 65, of Ira, Vt. and Alamogordo, N.M., went to be with the Lord at his home in Alamogordo, N.M., sometime during the night of Tuesday June 28th, 2016.

Kevin is survived and greatly missed by his mother, Josephine Williams; son, Jared Williams; daughter, Lauren Williams; granddaughters, Shaelyn and Alexis; brothers, Terry Williams and Joel Williams (Jane); and sisters, Nanette Greer (David) and Melissa Downes (Robert); many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family.

Kevin was predeceased by his love, Sharon Corey; father, William G. Williams; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Kevin was born in Rutland, Vt., on March 7th, 1951, and raised with his two brothers and two sisters in Poultney, Vt., by the late William G. and Josephine Williams. He graduated from Poultney High School in 1969, where he participated in the band playing the trumpet, and performed in musical performances for Poultney High School, and Green Mountain College. He had a beautiful voice, and could make his trumpet sing. Upon high school graduation, he went on to study Pre Med at the University of Vermont before heading to Colorado, with his college friends, seeking new experiences. He settled in Leadville, Colorado, where he worked as a carpenter and enjoyed nature. While in Leadville, he fell in love with his "wife to be" Sharon Corey of Proctor, Vt.
After enjoying his time in Colorado he returned to Vermont to be with Sharon, whom he married in 1977. They started a family, a daughter, Lauren and a son, Jared. He continued working as a carpenter and a volunteer fire fighter. He then moved his family to Bristol, Vt., where he and his longtime friend, Craig, built a beautiful home in which to raise his family. He was a skilled carpenter and woodworker.

Kevin had a passion for fighting fire. He served in the Poultney, VT Volunteer Fire Department before moving to Bristol, Vt. He went to work at the Burlington Fire Department, May 5, 1988. His intelligence, ability and determination allowed him to reach the rank of Battalion Chief. He served with the Burlington Fire Department from May 5, 1988 to Sept. 23, 2008, when he retired at the rank of Battalion Chief of Training and Safety. Chief Williams was instrumental in advancing their Department and was one of the first BFD Fire Officers to complete the National Fire Academy's esteemed Executive Fire Officer Program. His work with grant writing helped bring valuable training and equipment to their Department in a time of need. His work in the training division included a revitalization of the Probationary Fire Fighter Program, the writing of the Blood Borne Pathogen Program, the development of their Respiratory Protection Program, and countless Standard Operating Procedures.

When Kevin retired from the fire department, he set out to explore the United States on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He crossed the country and decided to settle in the warm desert of Alamogordo, N.M., where he would enjoy the sunshine. He spent summers in Ira, Vt., harvesting logs, operating as an impressive one man logging operation and spending time with his family. For the remainder of the year he would go to Alamogordo to ride his Motorcycle, and study the word of God with the Church of Christ. The Church was extremely important to him and he was very devoted to his faith. He cared a great deal for the Church of Christ and its members in Alamogordo.

Kevin was a kind, honest and intelligent man who lived a full life, touched the lives of others, and was loved by many.
As Kevin wished, there will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Poultney, VT.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 17 to Aug. 16, 2016
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