Ric Williamson
Williamson, who led Texas toll road push, dies at 55 Ric Williamson, the Texas Transportation Commission chairman and a take-no-prisoners advocate for his longtime friend Rick Perry's toll road policy, died early Sunday at a Weatherford hospital. Williamson, 55, who had been on the five-member commission since 2001 and chairman since January 2004, died of a heart attack, said state Rep. Mike Krusee, chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Williamson, who died at 1 a.m. Sunday, had had two previous heart attacks. Williamson represented the Weatherford area in the Texas House for 14 years, leaving in 1999. He and Perry, who served in the House during a good deal of Williamson's time there, roomed together in an Austin apartment during several legislative sessions. "Anita and I are heartbroken at this sudden loss of a confidant, trusted adviseer and close personal friend of ours for more than 20 years," Perry said. "Ric's passion to serve his beloved state of Texas was unmatched and his determination to help our state meet its future challenges was unparalleled." Williamson's six-year term expired Feb. 1. But Perry made no new appointment, and Williamson did not step down, so he was still serving as chairman in what amounted to overtime. In his absence, the remaining commissioners will elect a chairman from among themselves. Perry, who appoints all members of the body, will need to name a replacement for Williamson. Williamson dominated discussion of Texas transportation policy for most of the past decade, holding forth at commission meetings in a uniquely ornate but still straightforward style that sometimes infuriated opponents of the Perry administration's toll-road initiatives. Williamson, in particular, was four-square behind granting private companies long-term leases to finance, build and operate publicly owned toll roads, an approach that he said would raise billions for other roads. Opponents suggested that such agreements give away too much control of public assets. The Legislature this year considered a ban on private toll road leases before passing a measure that stopped them though with about a dozen exceptions. The session was stormy for Williamson. State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, upset at what he called Williamson's failure to answer Carona's requests to visit, in January called on Perry to replace Williamson on the commission. Carona later softened his tone toward Williamson, who testified many times before legislative committees through the spring — often taking direct heat from lawmakers — as the Legislature debated changes to toll road policy. "I think we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ric Williamson for bringing transportation to the forefront," Carona said Sunday. "And no one, even his harshest critics, could deny what a leader he was on transportation issues. And though I did not always agree with him, I had tremendous respect for him." Once the latest changes in toll-road laws occurred, Williamson and TxDOT had spent months digesting what the legislation meant to the agency's cash situation and ability to build roads. Their answer, delivered in late November, was that the loss of large concession payments from potential private toll-road builders meant many projects would have to be indefinitely delayed. That conclusion, which had many other ramifications, threw five proposed Austin-area toll-road projects into limbo, and set off a new round of criticism of TxDOT and the commission. State Sen. Kirk Watson, an Austin Democrat and vice chairman of Carona's committee, was among the critics. Watson said Sunday of Williamson: "While many times I disagreed, sometimes strongly, with his methods and proposed solutions, I didn't doubt his intellect, creativity, conviction, or dedication to the people of Texas. His death marks an important crossroads for this state. I deeply hope all Texans can come together around the enormous challenges that drove him these last several years and find solutions that will secure the future of Texas." Texas Monthly in a June article called Williamson "the most hated person in Texas, public enemy number one to a million or more people." In the article, Williamson told political columnist Paul Burka, "I've had two heart attacks, and I'm trying to avoid the third one, which the doctors tell me will be fatal." While plenty of legislators and others took issue with Williamson's policy stands and his blunt approach over the past few years, few questioned the horsepower of his intellect. "Ric was the smartest and most farsighted person I'd ever seen in public life," Krusee said. "I learned so much whenever I was around Ric, and I don't just mean transportation policy." David Stall, a Fayette County resident who founded CorridorWatch to oppose Perry and Williamson's Trans-Texas Corridor plan for 4,000 miles of cross-state tollways, gave credit to Williamson for good intentions. "We always believed that he was doing what he thought was good for the state of Texas," Stall said. "And we respect that, although we have a differing opinion on how you get there." Williamson is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, three daughters and two grandchildren.
Published by Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 30, 2007 to Jan. 4, 2008.
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Dear Williamson family,

Ric and I were good friends in high school and beyond. We went to the State Fair as seniors for our first trip out of town by ourselves. I haven't seen him for several years but am truly sorry to hear of his passing. May the Peace of the Lord be with you all and may God bless each of you. May God bless and keep your husband and father, now and always.

Sincerely,
Mark McCarty
Mark McCarty
January 13, 2008
Doyle Jackson
January 6, 2008
Mary Ann, Melissa, Katie, & Sara

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He truly was a wonderful man and I am glad that I had the pleasure of knowing him.
Melissa Beck
January 3, 2008
Steve, Both you and Johnny have lost brothers this year; Jimmy in February, Bobby in November to Cancer, and now Ric. Siblings are indeed siblings, but Johnny's brother reminded him "there's nothing like brotherly love" before he died in November. We love you. You are our friend and a special "brother". God has a way to bring all brothers together to those you love Him.
Our love and prayers are with you and your family,
Patty Guinn
Patty Guinn
January 3, 2008
MARY ANN, MELISSA, KATY AND SARA,
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
JIM, DEBBIE, TIFFANY AND TARYN MARCUM
DEBBIE MARCUM
January 3, 2008
Dearest MaryAnn, Melissa, Katie & Sara,

My thoughts and prayers are with you this very day. I am so blessed to have known Ric and he will be greatly missed. He had such passion and discipline in many areas of his life...and I will never forget how that stayed with me as I watched him accomplish so many things.
Betty (Platt) McGinnis
January 3, 2008
Ric and I grew up as childhood friends in Abilene. Even as a child,he was a always ahead of his time.I will always remember the good times we had together. Our prayers are with his family. God Bless.
Michael Huff
January 3, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Williamson's family and friends. One could always anticipate an honest and straight-forward discussion with Chairman Williamson on transportation issues. His dedicated leadership will be missed.
Central Texan
January 3, 2008
Maryann, Melissa, Katy, & Sara,

Very few people probably know of the sacrifices made by the family of a public official. You have my very deepest sympathy and gratitude.
Anonymous
January 3, 2008
Dear Mary Ann, Melissa, Katie and Sara,

Our entire family has been so heart-sick since hearing the news about Ric. Please know that you all have our deepest sympathies and prayers during this difficult time. Though it has been several years since we have spoken, I have thought of your family often and remember many good times we shared both on and off the softball field. I know many will remember Ric for his leadership and service to the state of Texas, but I believe I was blessed with the opportunity to have him be the first person to introduce me to fastpitch softball. There is no doubt in my mind that I owe a significant portion of my own softball career to him, and his commitment to invest his talents, his finances, and most of all his time to a group of little leaguers, instilling within us dreams to succeed. He brought nothing but his best to the table, always searching for ways to improve and find the best instruction, equipment, facilities and drills for our team. I believe his coaching reached far beyond the softball field he built in his own hay pasture. He was really equipping us with tools and principles for our own futures, and always teaching us the importance of setting goals and what it meant to work hard to achieve them. One of the greatest acts we can do is to invest our lives in people, and Ric did that. I will always have great respect and appreciation for him taking time to invest in my life. I pray that our Lord Jesus will be a comfort and refuge for each of you in a very real and personal way.

With much love,
Lauren
Lauren Morton
January 3, 2008
Maryann, Melissa, Katie and Sara,
I was so sadden to hear about the loss of Ric, he is definately one of a kind. I feel very blessed to have known him. I appreciated the dedication he had with coaching us girls. He will always be a mentor of mine. It was a treat to have had him as a softball coach. He will deifantely not be forgotten! My heart goes out to all of you through this hard time and days to come.
Brandi Clark- Russell
January 2, 2008
Ric was a good man. He took me to Rick Perry's deer lease a few times and we had some great times there. I enjoyed talking with Ric several times over the years in the Natural Gas Business. He will be missed by all. I'm so sorry to learn of this loss and my thouhts and prayers are for the family in this time.
Henry (King Arthur) Higgins
January 2, 2008
Ric was a good man. He took me to Rick Perry's deer lease a few times and we had some great times there. I enjoyed talking with Ric several times over the years in the Natural Gas Business. He will be missed by all. I'm so sorry to learn of this loss and my thouhts and prayers are for the family in this time.
Henry (King Arthur) Higgins
January 2, 2008
Dear Sara, I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. It is clear that your father was a great person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Blackstock Family
January 2, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Leo and Connie Matias
January 2, 2008
I always appreciated the straightforward, clear speaking of Commissioner Williamson. Even if we disagreed, I felt that he listened but saw a different path.
Tom Freeman
January 2, 2008
I met Ric in 1990 in the political arena in Wise County when I ran for office. He had an amazing connection with constituents and a passion for his district.
He will be missed greatly.
My deepest condolences,
Sherry Parker-Lemon
County Clerk, Wise County
sherry parker-lemon
January 2, 2008
Ric was a terrific, down to earth and extremly dedicated leader to the Great Texans he served. I met him twenty years ago when I first started working at the Capitol and he was always such a brilliant man but had the kindness that is rare to find these days. He will be missed and will always be respected and admired for his proactive ability to help future generations of our great state. My prayers are with each of the family and friends as we have lost another True Texan who stood strong in his beliefs and had courage to keep going when times were tough. God Bless you and your dear sweet family.
Kimberly Youngblood
January 2, 2008
Dear Mary Ann, Melissa, Katherine, Sara and Family,

As the TxDOT Area Engineer in Weatherford, it was a privilege to work with Ric while he was a State Representative and especially as a Transportation Commissioner. His passing is a great loss to me personally. Thank you for allowing the State of Texas to know and love him during his public service career.
Jimmey Bodiford
January 1, 2008
Dear Mary Ann:
I haven't seen you or Ric in years, and just happened to look at the Austin Statesman on-line tonight (I live in New Hampshire) and couldn't believe it when I saw the articles about Ric. What a wonderful man he was. I'm so sorry to learn of your loss, and my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
Sissy Hudgens Brown
January 1, 2008
January 1, 2008

Dear Mary Ann, Melissa, Katherine, Sara and Family,

The loss of husband and father is indeed a tragic event. A proven leader in the prime of his life, a husband looking forward to those years of pleasant memories, a father to learn from, a grandfather attending those ballgames watching his grand children grow, and most especially, spending his time with those he loved.

The citizens of our great state knew that for many years to come Ric would be there in Austin as a leader, a visionary, and a tireless advocate in the rebuilding of the Texas road system. Each of us had a trusted friend, an ally that shared a vision in Texas transportation for the future.

Together our citizens across this great state morn the loss of a confirmed leader. Collectively we offer our prayers to you and your family. May the Lord bring you peace and greater understanding today and in the days to come. Individually we pray that his guiding hand comforts and blesses you.

Most sincerely,
Craig & Ruth Swancy
January 1, 2008
Dear Sweet Melissa,
How very sorry I was to hear about the loss of your Dad. I know how very close you were to him and my heart goes out to you at this very sad time in your life. I can remember your senior year in High School when you, Buddy Joe and I went to Ft. Collins,Colorado to check out Colorado State University where Buddy Joe later attended. It seemed like every time I turned around you were calling your Dad or your Mom to check in with them and let them know you were okay. I was so impressed to see how close you were to them and how considerate you were of them, at an age when most kids didn't think twice about their parents feelings or concerns. That showed me that you had been brought up by loving parents that instilled in you that family was number one and that you don't let them worry unnecessarily. Your Dad was a neat guy and helped a lot of people. He was Lacey's softball coach and she always admired him. Buddy Joe always had the upmost respect for him.
Melissa, tell your Mom and Katie and Sara also how sorry I am for their loss. I will have you all in my thoughts and prayers and I know God will wrap His loving arms around you and carry you and your family through these difficult days to come. May God Bless and be with you, Melissa, Maryann, Katie and Sara. With love and deepest sympathy, Patsy Stevens-Robinson
Patsy Stevens-Robinson
January 1, 2008
Mary Ann,I have such fond memories of you and Ric when we worked on the farm together in Potosi during the 1970's. I will forever be grateful for all the life lessons I learned from ya'll during that time. It still amazes me how you and Ric could take in young kid and treat him like your own child. I just want you to know that you guys are greatly loved and appreciated. I pray that God will bless you and your family in every way.
Craig Carroll
December 31, 2007
Mary Ann, I worked with Ric when I was a staff member for then Governor Bush and Ric was serving in the legislature. While many of the condolences are messages related to his many contribtuions to Texas transportation, he was equally committed to Texas school children. His intellect and wisdom will be sorely missed. He was a statesman, a great thinker and problem solver, a teacher and friend to so many. Most of all he was a very good man. He loved you and his girls more than anything in the world. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Margaret Spellings
Margaret Spellings
December 31, 2007
I have so many memories of Ric. I thought of Ric as a father when I was younger. He and his family did so much for me and I wish I could thank him in person today. Ric taught me so much about life, dedication, and to never give up in what you believe in. Thank you Ric for everything you did for my mother and I. My thoughts and prayers are with The Williamson family.
Chaley Wilson
December 31, 2007
My heartfelt sympathies go to Ric's family. I can empathize with them as my dad died at a very young age. To Ric's credit, he helped revolutionize government in Texas for the better. In the field of transportation, he saw things most of us never think or dream of being possible. His clarity of vision and dogged determination will be sorely missed. Ric served us all for what he considered to be in our highest and best good; not what was in his highest and best good. Ric was an honorable man with the courage to make his vision of a better Texas come true. Who is out there to take his place? In my humble opinion, that room is empty for now. God bless his family with more love, compassion, courage and strength for the future than these few words can express. A Texas Road Hand.
Jackson Hanks
December 31, 2007
I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Williamson. I did however go to highschool with his daughter Melissa. My prayers are you all as you go through this difficult time. May God grant you the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Heather Beechie-Tucker
December 31, 2007
Many good years were spent with Ric and his lovely family . Both Glenda and I will miss him a great deal . Our prayers are with you .
Larry Edwards
December 31, 2007
I have yet to meet in my life another man like Ric Williamson. He had more vision and wisdom than any other teacher I have ever had, and taught many of us at a young age what it is to work hard and achieve whatever goals and dreams we set for ourselves. He lived his own life this very same way, and leaves behind a legacy that will never be matched. I am so very saddened to hear of his passing, and my deepest sympathies are with Mary Ann, Melissa, Katie, and Sara. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always, God bless.
Lacie Newsom
December 31, 2007
Maryanne and Girls,

I have so many memories that I would love to share but there could never be enough space to do so. Ric gave me the opportunity to work for him as his Legislative Aide and Campaign Manager. He taught me so very much and really got me involved in Texas Politics. He never wanted to be called a "Politician." He preferred and insisted upon being referred to as a "Public Servant." He loved debates and I loved debating with him. I, like so many, many others will miss him and forever be grateful to him.

God bless you, always.

Love,
Linda Kelley
December 31, 2007
It is my deepest sorrow that I am writing here today. I would like to say that you will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Ric was a wonderful man that touched my life in a so many ways. He taught me at a young age that hard work and dedication will always pay off in the end and for that I am thankful. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Donna Ulrickson
December 31, 2007
Chairman Williamson had the courage and intellect to tackle tough issues. His leadership and vision will be felt throughout Texas for generations to come. Thank you for sharing him with Texas and with the TxDOT family.
TxDOT Employee
December 31, 2007
Ric was a visionary and a leader. Ric knew that you can't always give the people what they want--sometimes you have to give them what they need.
Roger Damm
December 31, 2007
We lost a great Texan this past weekend. Ric was a public servant from beginning to end. From Weatherford to Austin and all over this state you can see the benefits of his labors. We will miss his challenging spirit.
Glen Whitley
December 31, 2007
I had the special privilege of working with Ric Williamson during the early years of his service in the Texas Legislature. Words will never be adequate to describe this extraordinary man. His work ethic, his convictions, his commitment to his family and his state were unmatched. I never really thanked him properly for all he did for me and taught me, but, knowing Ric, he never expected or wanted me to. I will always be grateful for being given the honor of calling him friend. My heart is breaking for Mary Ann and the girls. He left this world far too soon, and will be greatly missed.
Lee Haidusek
December 31, 2007
Ric will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. What a true gentleman.

Texas has lost a true visionary in the transportation world.

My sincere condolences to his family; what a legacy he has left to you.
Lettie Clark
December 31, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williamson Family.
Billy & Carla Stone
December 31, 2007
Mary Ann,
I'm so sorry to here that Ric died. My thoughts are with you, the girls and Ric's family, even after all these years.
Janice Carlson Baranowski
December 31, 2007
Mary Ann,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Melissa, Katy and Sara. My father and I worked for him for many years and I was inspired by his intellect and his love for you and the girls. May God be with you all in your time of sorrow.
Debra Turner Drew
December 31, 2007
Ric served the great State of Texas with dedication and integrity. I was proud to call him my friend. Even though he became a Republican and I remained a Democrat I never lost respect for his honesty. He will be missed but not forgotten. He is now in that great free market in the heavens even with those who believe in some government regulaton. Now he can enjoy that eternal debate.

My prayers are with his family and all of the friends who cared so deeply for him. Adios Amigo...
Harley Spoon
December 31, 2007
What a guy and what a loss. We served together for 10 of my 12 years in the legislature. I'll never forget ric in his office with his earphones on in a never ending work mode. During our years in the House I'd love to drop in his office and just visit with this amazing man and very dear friend. Ric Williamson, a blend of courage, intelligence and loyalty to his friends and his state.
I will miss you my friend. Mary Ann please accept my deepest sympathy.
al granoff
December 31, 2007
Ric was one of the most stimulating persons I have ever had the opportunity to meet. When he wanted to learn French, he dared to ask me, a junior college instructor, to teach him. And I also got to instruct his girls. He was a tireless individual, who never gave up on learning. Mary Ann, my sympathy goes out to you and your daughters. We have lost a very good man. Getting to know him was one of the greatest pleasures in my life. I shall never forget him.
John Fields
December 31, 2007
Commissioner Williamson served our great state with dignity and distinction. He was a true visionary who brought passion and commitment to everything he did. He was committed to finding practical solutions to transportation problems and improving the quality of life for generations to come. We have lost a great champion for transportation and a great friend.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Williamson Family.

Oscar Trevino
Chair, NCTCOG Regional Transportation Council
Oscar Trevino
December 31, 2007
I will always remember Ric for giving me the opportunity to work for his compiler company in the late 1980's which helped me launch my own software engineering company. Ric was a brilliant guy as anyone who ever dealt with him could attest. Mary Ann and girls, please accept my sincere condolences.
Chuck Cox
December 31, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Mr. & Mrs. Brett Underwood
December 31, 2007
Although having never met Williamson this is such a great loss for the people of the State of Texas and the employees of TxDOT. God Bless Ric Williamson.
A TxDOT Employee (Keene, Texas)
December 31, 2007
Chairman Williamson will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to his family, especially his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He will be missed but will live on through the sparkle of their eyes and smiles on their little faces. God bless the Williamson family.
A TxDOT Employee
December 31, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of a great TxDOT Commissioner, family member, and friend to many. Our thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.
TxDOT Austin District Equipment Repair Shop
December 31, 2007
I use to live in Austin Texas for many many years and I know how much these toll roads needs to be put in. The traffic in Austin is so conjested that it was hard to get around town. I am very proud of what Ric is doing to solve the road problems and my heart goes out to him. I am very sad for his family and they are in my prayers. Ric has become a important person and landmark for Texas and he will be remembered for years to come. Mary and family please hang in there because Ric is still with you in your hearts so hang on to that. God Bless Ric
Alice Jones
December 31, 2007
"True public servant" is often said in kindness about someone who has just died. It was the absolute truth about Ric Williamson. He cared deeply for the people of Texas. The only time I ever thought he showed partisanship, in his more than 20 years of service, is when he switched political parties. But whichever side of the aisle he was on, Texas came first.
They say that behind every great man, there's a great woman. That definitely applies to Mary Ann. My prayers go out to her, their three lovely daughters and the grandkids. They have suffered a tragic loss. Texas has suffered a tragic loss.
Gary "Bailey" Engel
December 31, 2007
Our sincere condolences to Mr. Williamson’s family.
CityLink Transit
December 31, 2007
Hey Mary Ann,

I am so sorry to hear about Ric. We all had such good times and fun working at Raw Energy. Ric, Bill and Mike really made the place jump. I remember when Ric was first on the campaign trail and the rallies in all the little towns (Peaster, Poolville, etc.) we all went to. What a hoot. I am so glad that Ric got to live his dreams with you and the girls. Mary Melissa, Katy and Sara, you had a really good Daddy that loved you with all his heart. I will always hold the fondest thoughts about you and Ric. Godspeed Ric.

Love,

Karen (Orr) Yevak
Karen Yevak
December 31, 2007
As a former TxDOT employee, I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with Mr. Williamson. I had a great deal of respect for him, his intellect and his conviction in his vision. I think he was a rare kind of man, and he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Tiffany Becker
December 31, 2007
Most of us have people in our lives that we call friends. If we are really fortunate we have a select few that become one of our best friends. Ric was one of my best friends. He was always there to listen, counsel, and challenge me any time I wanted to talk. He always took my calls, even though he was always extremely busy taking care of the things he was passionate about. Those things were his family, his business, the State of Texas, and his friends. There are probably only a few people that understand his dedication to the State of Texas. Even when his business was suffering from the ups and downs of the Oil and Gas business he always had time to serve his State. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him and also by the people of Texas whom he served so faithfully.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Ann, Melissa, Katy, and Sarah and the rest of his family.
Mickey Simmons
December 31, 2007
The Williamson Family is in our hearts and prayers. Ric was a fine man!
Ken and Deb
December 31, 2007
Yours is the road well traveled, and your legacy is to be found in every mile.
Fred Howlett & Susan Sampson-Howlett
December 31, 2007
I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Mr. Williamson on TxDOT changes on Right of Way issues. I admired his leadership and his willingness to listen. He will be missed. My condolescences to his family.
Ricky Martinez
December 31, 2007
Ric knew more about more things than anyone I have ever known. Whether about the state budget or the Barnett shale he possessed an uncanny intellect. He was a caring guy too, however and left a significant mark on the state he loved. I respected him and considered him a friend. Most of all he was a man who cared about his family. Sharon and I join his many friends in hearfelt sympathy to Mary Ann and the girls and extended family.
Mike Millsap
December 31, 2007
Mary Ann, Melissa, Katy and Sara my heart goes out to you in this time of sadness. I remember him fondly when I was at the house growing up. Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Elissa Wallace Bailey
December 31, 2007
I disagreed with him on so many things, not the least of which was toll roads but I am deeply sad to see such a gentleman and worthy adversary pass away.
May God grant peace and comfort and blessings to his family and all those who knew and loved him.
Anonymous
December 31, 2007
Ric was a pioneer who wasn't uncomfortable laying unpopular groundwork. Bless his family during this time of grief, knowing that he created a legacy that will impact many generations to come. Our prayers are with you.
Melinda
December 31, 2007
His passing is a tragic loss for the people of this State and the employees of TxDOT. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chair Williamson's family! May God be with you!
TxDOT employee
December 30, 2007
Mr. Williamson was a strong and stern leader with definite ideals for for his vision of solving and meeting transportation issues and needs in Texas. He recently visited our office to learn about what we do for the department. He will be missed by all TxDOT employees.
TxDOT employee
December 30, 2007
I never met Mr. Williamson. But about a year ago I sent him a letter expressing my views on toll roads and other transportation matters.

He responded with a two page letter that had a person ring to it. I was please to hear from a high ranking state official who took the time to share his views with an ordinary citizen.
Paul Smith
December 30, 2007
We were saddened to hear of Ric's passing.Ric was my daughter's softball coach.He was the best girls coach I've ever seen and we have many fond memories of Ric and his family.Our prayers are with you.
Karen Jennings
December 30, 2007
Ric and I have been friends and business associates for over twenty years. We worked through many transactions and Ric always negotiated hard but fair. He never hestiated to give a helping hand if he was able. I will miss interacting with him. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Ann and his daughters.
Dan Higdon
December 30, 2007
Ric was my daughter's softball coach and he was the best I've ever seen.He poured so much into those girls.I also taught his youngest 1st grade.Our family has many fond memories of Ric and his family.May the Lord bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Karen Jennings
December 30, 2007
we will all miss the passion Ric had for improving transportation for all Texans...His positive impact will be recognized for years to come.
Dan S Petty
December 30, 2007
Ric was my softball coach in 1990-1992. He was one of the best! My condolences to the family.
With sympathy,
Stefanie Jennings Mast
stefanie mast
December 30, 2007
I cannot begin to fathom this loss. The Chairman was a true leader, and his passion and zeal for the quality of life in our state will never again be matched in public service. He was truly a great Texan and my thoughts are with his family. Thank you for sharing him with Texas transportation. Our state is the better for it. God Bless Ric Williamson.
A TxDOT Employee
December 30, 2007
The most interesting period of my life was the time that I had the privilage of working with Ric, first as his District Aide in Cooke and Wise Counties and then in his Austin office when he was our state representative. Ric never backed down from a struggle and wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed. I'm proud that I had the opportunity to work with him.

My most sincere condolences to his wife, Mary Ann, and his lovely daughters.
Flossie Schoppa
December 30, 2007
Ric played hard ball in planning a first class transportation system that is probably beyond many of our laymen oriented concepts. Like it or not, he was dragging us into the next decade and beyond.
Larry Todd
December 30, 2007
Ric Williamson is my second cousin.

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Andrea
December 30, 2007
Mary Ann, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls right now. God be with you!
Blessings, Missy Fritz
Missy Fritz
December 30, 2007
I cannot begin to fathom this loss. The Chairman was a true leader, and his passion and zeal for the quality of life in our state will never again be matched in public service. He was truly a great Texan and my thoughts are with his family. Thank you for sharing him with Texas transportation. Our state is the better for it. God Bless Ric Williamson.
A TxDOT Employee
December 30, 2007
We are saddened to hear of the loss of Ric Williamson. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We appreciate Ric's service to the community and to the state of Texas.
Rod and Pam Hogan
December 30, 2007
A keen intellect. Forward looking. Ric said what he believed, regardless of what his audience might want to hear. He understood the intricacies of public policy as well as anyone in the state.
Paul Benson
December 30, 2007
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