Edwin J. Williams

May 14th, 2017

Edwin J. Williams, fondly known as”Jack” to his family and friends or “Eddie” to his co-workers, of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 12, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington; he was 75 years old.

Jack was born in Cambridge, MA on March 11, 1942; he was the dear son of the late Edwin P. and Bernice “Bunny” (Quigley) Williams. Jack was raised and educated in Watertown, MA and was a graduate of Watertown High School. Soon after graduation, Jack proudly joined the Army Reserves and enlisted for active duty in December of 1962, during the Vietnam War. Jack served overseas as a Green Beret in Korea as well as Vietnam and received several commendations and letters for his fine service. He was honorably discharged from active duty in December of 1965 and went on to continue Army Reserve Duty until March of 1968.

On May 16, 1965, Jack married his “childhood sweetheart” Anne Bibbo; the couple shared nearly 52 years together, raised two beautiful children, and made countless memories to share for years to come. Jack and Anne lived in Waltham for eight years before moving to Wilmington in 1972 where they made a wonderful home. Jack was a homebody who enjoyed “tinkering” around the house and “puttering” out in the yard. He was a “Jack of all trades” who could fix just about anything and he certainly had every tool to make that happen.

Jack was also very active in the community; he was instrumental in starting the Auxiliary Police Department for the town of Wilmington and served as an Auxiliary Policeman for many years. Jack was also very active at the Wilmington V.F.W. Post #2458 where he served as Quarter Master and helped many fellow Veteran’s throughout the years. Jack along with two of his friends started IPods for wounded Veterans to help the young men and women who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; little did he know what a success it would become and how many people he would help throughout the years.

Jack was employed as a Fire Marshall for the Polaroid Company for more than 40 years; his vast knowledge and work ethic along with his people skills made him quite an asset to the company. While working at Polaroid, Jack decided to go back to school and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance to earn his degree but when Jack put his mind to something he gave it 100 percent; he was a work horse.

In his spare time, Jack enjoyed golfing, watching movies, and following sports. He loved to cook for his family and friends; especially when it came to making breakfast. Most of all, Jack loved to spend time with his grandchildren; he was an amazing “Papa”. Jack would always joke that he could get down on the floor with them but he couldn’t always get back up.

Let’s not forget Jack’s sense of humor and his countless jokes that were told over and over. He loved to make people laugh.

Jack will be remembered as “one of a kind”; he would do anything for anyone; he was always there to help others and give back to his community as well as his fellow Veterans. Jack showered his family and friends with unconditional love and he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jack was the beloved husband of 52 years to Anne M. (Bibbo) Williams, devoted father of Kevin M. Williams and his wife Stacey of Billerica and Patricia A. “Tricia” (Williams) Dagostino and her husband Sam of Waltham, loving “Papa” of Sarah, Sonja, Ryan, Zach, Isabella and Bobby. Dear son of the late Edwin P. and Bernice “Bunny” (Quigley) Williams, brother of Carole DeAmbrose of Boxford and the late Robert F. Willliams. Brother-in-law of Christine and Roy Berberian of Fitchburg. Jack is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, May 20th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service  at 1:00 p.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veteran’s Section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers donations in Edwin’s memory may be made to iPods for Wounded Veterans, 4 Heather Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887-1506.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Edwin J. Williams”

  1. Debbie Cincotta says:

    The Williams Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was the Administrative Assistant for the Trades Group, Security Department and the Fire Marshall (that was Ed) at Polaroid. Rest in Peace my Friend.

  2. Jamee canadas says:

    To dad,
    I will miss you so much, but I will forever remember our trips! Thank You for loving me like your own daughter. Watch over your loved ones and may you finally be at peace.
    Love always

  3. Bob Regan says:

    My condolences to Eddie’s Family. I only knew him briefly through our involvement as volunteers with iPods For Wounded Veterans. Ed had a committment and did his work with high energy, in the finest detail and always giving his whole to the needs and desires of our wounded veterans.l be missed dearly by our organization.

  4. Bob Regan says:

    My condolences to Eddie’s Family. I only knew him briefly through our involvement as volunteers with iPods For Wounded Veterans. Ed had a committment and did his work with high energy, in the finest detail and always giving his whole to the needs and desires of our wounded veterans. He will be missed dearly by our organization.

  5. Kevin P. DOherty says:

    To Eddie’s Family,

    Eddie loved his Family and his Country. I will always remember him as a Gentleman. May He rest in peace.

  6. Frank West says:

    May God bless the William’s family. Karen and I send our deepest sympathies.

  7. Ed Sullivan says:

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of Eddie’s passing away. I extend my prayers and condolences to the Williams family. I worked with Eddie for many, many years at Polaroid. Form the first moment I met Ed he was friendly, helpful and supportive. What more could you ask from a co-worker, but Ed did give more! He was always willing to share his knowledge, lend a helping hand and yes he had many good stories he was willing to share. I’m sure I speak for all of Ed’s friends and co-workers at Polaroid – Thank you Eddie! Thank you for all you did to make each day a bit better and safer for us all. Thank you also for your service in the Army.
    I knew you did a lot for folks outside of work and had a full life yourself, but even now I’m still learning and amazed by additional contributions of giving to help others provided by you. We worked with many special people at Polaroid. Ed – you were in that elite extra special category.
    I will miss you, but will always crack a smile and have a good feeling when I think of you. Thank you for that as well.

    Ed Sullivan

  8. Jackie alpers says:

    Jack you were my second dad I love you so much for all you have done for my family!! Ronnie is waiting to have breakfast with you! You will be so missed by all of us who love you!! You are at peace and can breathe now! I will never forget you! Love you so much! Love jackie aka gypsy????????????

  9. Richard Massucco says:

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of a truly great friend and associate. Ed was a special person that was liked by all who knew him. Always helpful and willing to share his knowledge as well as a funny story or joke. He had a way about him that always made you feel that you were an important contributor. I’m sure that his many friends at Polaroid share in his loss and extend their deepest sympathies to his family.
    He will surely be missed and may he rest in piece.

  10. Dick & Mary Lou Looney says:

    Was great to be associated with you while being involved with iPods for wounded veterans. Thank you for your service to this country. Rest in pease

  11. Michael Murphy says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of cousin Jackie. Been a long time since we were together, but I do remember him fondly. Wish the family had more time together in recent years. My prayers and thoughts to the whole family.

    Cousin Mike

  12. Paul Cardello says:

    Your commitment to help the injured servicemen and women of the United sates of America from Afghanistan,Iraq and Kuwait was never in doubt.when we started iPods for wounded veterans six years ago you accepted the position as a board of director without your wisdom and guidance we would not be a national organistion that we are today.thank you for service to our country you are a true patriot our deepest sympathies to the Willam’s famil

  13. The Moore Family says:

    Anne, Kevin, Tricia and Family,
    So saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Good neighbor and friend to all. He will most certainly be missed.

  14. Karen A. Clark says:

    I was very fortunate to have met Eddie several years ago and enjoy his friendship through his involvement with iPods for Wounded Veterans. He was and will always be in my memory as a sweet, caring and devoted man to family and friends and to all the veterans whom his efforts touched. Thank you Eddie for offering your vision of how to give back to our members of the military. Eddie has a legacy that will continue to honor him. My sincere condolences to the Williams family for the passing of their loved one Eddie. His spirit will carry on in each of us.

  15. Dennis Kilroy says:

    Anne, and Family,
    So sorry for your loss of Jack. You are in my prayers.

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