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.