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“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Nicole, Brian,and to your Family at this time. With Love and Sincere Sympathy, Dawn & Diane ”
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“Mr. Williams,Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USN during WW II and for...Read More »
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“We are sorry to hear of Mr. Williams passing. What a kind and wonderful man he was. I think of all the great gatherings at the Bay State Road...Read More »
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“So sorry Mike , you're in my prayers ”
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“May God bless you, John.....I only knew you a short time, but I did love you. Your warm welcome of me and your continual kindness toward me will be a...Read More »
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“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
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Mr. John M. Williams, Sr., 92, of Melrose passed away on Monday February 10, 2020 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House following a brief illness. He is 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 WW II, 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.