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Mass. State Police Sergeant George J. Williams, II.

April 15th, 2016

Mass. State Police Sergeant George J. Williams, II, age 57, of Wilmington, formerly of Watertown and Vermont, passed away on April 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family following a courageous ten-month battle with cancer.

George was born on March 22, 1959 in Watertown, MA. He was raised in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School. From there, he embarked on his illustrious college career which began at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and ended with a master’s degree from Western New England University.

George and his wife Fran started their happy married life together in August of 1987. They built their home in Wilmington, where they raised their two beloved children, Stefanie and Alexander. His children were his greatest joy and he spent his life dedicated to them and their interests. George also loved working on projects around the house and could always be found either on a ladder, mowing the lawn or digging in the dirt. He enjoyed staying active as well, by walking his dog daily with Fran and skiing in Vermont with Stefanie and Alex. Always quick to lend a helping hand, he was a friend to many and always had an encouraging word and a smile for everyone. His love of humor was legendary. Everyone he touched had a funny story to tell about George and his fun loving spirit.

George was promoted to Sergeant in the Mass. State Police on January 15, 2006. Before his promotion, George served as a Mass. State Trooper for 20 years. He was awarded a medal for lifesaving on October 12, 1995 and also received an award for Outstanding Service on November 5, 1995. He received an award for sincere appreciation from the Massachusetts State Police and INTERPOL in September 2009. The New England HIDTA Investigative Support Center (ISC), of which George was the Co-Manager, won the National HIDTA Investigative Support Center of the Year Award in 2014. The ISC members were recognized for this award in Washington, DC in 2015. He also worked on the police department in Dennis, MA from June to September 1982 and the Vermont State Police from February 1983 to July 1986.

George is survived by his beloved wife Frances (Hendry) Williams, children Stefanie Williams and Alexander Williams both of Wilmington, cherished mother Priscilla (Thurston) Williams of Watertown and the late George J. Williams, dear sisters Debra Martin & her husband Robert of Waltham and Charlene Comeau & her husband Leonard of Watertown, mother-in-law Barbara Vogel & her husband Robert of S. Burlington, VT, sisters and brothers-in-law Joan Ashton, Linda Storch, Catherine & William Flanagan, Ann & David Root, Martha Hendry, James Hendry and Louise & Raymond Kaigle. George is also survived by many adoring nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Tuesday, April 19th from 4-8 p.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Celebration will be held in St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Wednesday, April 20th at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial donations in George’s memory may be made to the George Williams Fund, c/o Santander Bank, 1045 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451.

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20 Entries in Guest Book for “Mass. State Police Sergeant George J. Williams, II.”

  1. The McCue Family says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss of George. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time. If there is anything you need, please let us know. Sincerely David, Tracy, Tierney and Riley

  2. Andrea Gillis says:

    We are so sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you.
    Gillis Family

  3. Capistran Family says:

    We are so sorry to hear about George. He was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    The Capistran Family

  4. Capistran Family says:

    We are so sorry to hear about George. He was a great guy. Our thoughts are with you all.
    The Capistran Family

  5. The Blaisdell Family says:

    We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. McEvoy family says:

    Our deepest sympathy for such a tremendous loss. George has touched the lives of so many people in such a special way, with his kindness, truly caring for each individual, and always with that great smile. We are privileged to have been his neighbor and friend.

  7. Winchell Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you & your family during this difficult time.

  8. Roxanne & John Reid says:

    Fran, Stefanie, & Alex
    We are so sad & sorry to hear this news of your terrible loss.
    We don’t need to tell you what a great man your husband/dad was in his life.
    His smiling face & great personality will be truly missed.
    We feel honored to have had him as a friend/Neighbor in our lives.
    Please know that you guys are in our deepest thoughts & prays.
    God please rest Georges wonderful soul….

    John & Roxanne Reid

  9. Nichole Dickinson says:

    So sorry to read of your loss. My heart goes out to you all.

  10. Paul White says:

    My sincere condolences for the passing of George. Although I did not know George, I served on the Mass. State Police with men and women who depend upon brave leaders such as George. Perhaps part of his legacy will continue because of be the exemplary life he lived. Rest in Peace.
    PJ White

  11. Alison Carrig says:

    My heart goes out to the entire family for your tremendous loss. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Barbara Vogel says:

    Our sincere condolences and love for George, who was a wonderful father, husband and son-in-law, and uncle. You will be deeply missed, always, and forever remembered. My heart goes out to the family, and I wish you peace and courage through this difficult time. Love Mother & Bob.

  13. Karen L. Fabian says:

    Hugs to you all!

    I hope you and your family feel surrounded by much LOVE during this time.

    Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers –

    With all our love, the Fabian Family

  14. Tom Foley says:

    FRAN, Alex and Stephanie,

    I am so sorry to hear about George’s passing. I had the honor and pleasure to work with him for many years on the State Police. He was a class act and hard worker. His personality and professionalism made him so enjoyable to work with. I don’t have to tell you what a great guy he was for you already know it. I believe one of the best gifts we can give each other is great memories. George has given that to us and thoughts of him will always put a smile on my face.
    I regret that I will be unable to attend his services as I am out of state. You are all in my prayers.
    All the best..

    Tom Foley (MSP COL RET)
    I

  15. Donna and Scott Moody says:

    Fran,
    We are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was truly a genuine guy and always a pleasure to be with. Our sincerest condolences go to you, Stefanie and Alex. We regret that we are out of town and unable to attend the services. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time.

  16. Sally Patterson & Ellen Phinney says:

    Dear Fran,
    We can’t tell you how sorry we are. We are thinking of you today, and praying that you will be comforted by your loving memories of George.
    With our sincere condolences,
    Sally & Ellen

  17. Frank Breen says:

    Dear Fran, Alex, and Stefanie,

    It was with great sadness that I learned of George’s passing. We worked together during the 90’s on several multi-jurisdictional investigations. George was also a longtime representative from the MSP to the regional intelligence sharing group which consisted of state police representatives from the six New England states, as well as the NYSP. George was a pleasure to work with, and always brought his quick wit, investigative prowess, and tremendous sense of teamwork to the group. We enjoyed many a night of revelry together as the group rotated from state to state for our monthly meetings.
    I hope you will find some comfort in knowing that in addition to being a great husband, and dad, George was a well respected and well liked member of the fraternity of troopers, not only within the MSP but throughout the region and beyond.

    Sincerely,
    Frank Breen
    Lt. NHSP Retired

  18. Terrence Walsh says:

    RIP brother in blue…may heaven be a safe haven for you and your family….Beloit PD retired…

  19. Mr. and Mrs. Martin says:

    Even though we did not personally have the honor of meeting George we are blessed with knowing Alex. Just from knowing Alex the short time we have, we know George was an incredible father as he raised two great children.
    We are so sorry for the loss of an amazing man. We are thinking and praying for you often. We hope that may find a little comfort in knowing not only how much you are loved but that God is with you.

    With so much love,

    Hannah & Troy Martin

  20. Michele and Randall Davis says:

    Fran, Stefanie, and Alex,

    I was so saddened to hear this news. George was truly a wonderful guy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Randall, Michele, Tiffanie and Randi Davis

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