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WILLIAMS, John M. Sr. Age 92, of Melrose, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House following a brief illness. He was the loving husband of the late M. Bernadette "Bernie" (Lucey) Williams, with whom he share 68 years of marriage.

John was born March 14, 1927 in Everett, son of the late Michael J. and Elizabeth (Costigan) Williams. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School Class of 1945. He immediately enlisted in the United States Navy and held the rank of Seaman First Class. After returning home after WWII, John attended Bentley College.

John worked for Thomas Strahan Company as a Regional Sales Manager for 37 years until his retirement. He was very involved at Most Blessed Sacrament Church. His whole life revolved around his family.

Loving father of Grace M. Williams & Patricia Tarbox of Belmont, John M. Williams, Jr. & Karen of Lynnfield, Maureen E. Pyatt & Larry of Melrose, Michael J. Williams & Valerie Vining of Medford, Mary Ann Williams & Marcia Orlowski of Melrose, Joseph P. Williams & Rose of Saugus, Thomas P. Williams & Denise of Wakefield and James F. Williams & Nancy of Melrose. Cherished grandfather of Michael, Nicole, Brian, Ashley, Jacqueline, James, Alex, Matthew, Ashton, Christopher, Ryan, Sean & Brady as well as 8 great-grandchildren. Loving brother of the late Charles & Catherine Williams, Henry & Anne Williams, Albert & Helen Williams, Thomas & Margaret Flanagan, Andrew & Mary Williams, Agnes Williams, Anna Lucey, Margaret Lucey, Edward Jones, Herbert Dillon and Al Foley. Caring brother-in-law of Patricia Foley, Sister Marie Dennis S.P., Margaret Lucey and the late Jack Lucey, Francis Lucey, Grace Jones and Dorothy Dillon. Also survived by numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., MELROSE, on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 4:00-8:00PM. Funeral procession from the Gately Funeral Home, on Friday morning, February 14th, at 9:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield, at 11:00AM. Burial with military honors at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 11 Grove St., Wakefield, MA 01880. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.gatelyfh.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 11, 2020
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