Richard Williams

Richard E. Williams

Wednesday, March 31st, 1943 - Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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BANTAM -Richard (Dick) Williams, 77, passed away on May 17, 2020 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. He was born in East Lyme, Connecticut on March 31, 1943 to the late Edward W. Williams and Gertrude (Frisbie, Williams) Clarke. Dick was the "cranky" but loving husband of Donna. When Dick wasn't teasing Donna he could be found yelling at the TV, cheering on the UConn women's Basketball Team or riding around the yard on his John Deere tractor.

Dick was fondly referred to as Bucko and Mr. John Deere to most people around town. He attended Litchfield High School and joined the US Navy in 1962, serving 3 tours in the Vietnam War on the USS Duncan and the Newman K. Perry. He worked for PTC Aerospace for 16 years, Devereux, and the Klingberg Family Center for mentally disabled young adults. Dick met his wife Donna while both were working as CNAs at The Kent. Before retiring, he worked for Connecticut Traffic Control.

Dick was a member of both Morris and Bantam Fire departments and served on the Bantam Zoning Appeals Commission.

He is survived by his wife Donna (Chase) Williams, a daughter Kimberly Ann Williams, two step Daughters; Laura Swett (Mark) and Amy Rothe Wilbur (Kevin), three grandsons; Shane Higgs (fiancé Kaitlin MacDonald), Tyler Higgs and Brett Rothe (girlfriend Heather Hughes), a large number of cousins, nieces and nephews and his loyal companions Rena and Carlee. Dick is predeceased by his son Robert Williams and his stepson Jason Rothe and his best girl “Dog” Sadie.

The family would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Krinsky and team for their exceptional professionalism and great care.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bantam Fire and Ambulance, P.O. Box 456, Bantam, Connecticut 06750.

A celebration of Life to honor Richard "Dick" Williams (March 31, 1943 - May 17, 2020) will be held on Sunday, October 18, at 1:30 at the Bantam Borough Hall, Bantam, Connecticut. Military Final Honors ceremony will begin at 2:00pm followed by a brief funeral service. We invite family and friends to join us and share favorite stories and memories while enjoying Dick's favorite snacks. Due to the current pandemic, we ask all attending to please adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering where appropriate.
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    Monday, May 18th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Monday, May 18th, 2020 1:30pm
    Bantam Borough Hall
    890 Bantam Road
    Bantam, Connecticut 06750
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    A brief service with Military Honors will begin at 2:00pm


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Jim Gavell

Posted at 09:33pm
My family lived on Marne Park in Bantam when I grew up and Dick was a neighbor. Dick was always good to us and a lot of fun to be around. We were very proud of him when he joined the Navy and wrote to him when he was assigned to duty.
Jim Gavell

Sandra Cieklinski

Posted at 06:12am
So very sorry for the entire family.Always such a loss when you lose your husband.My thoughts are with all of you.

John Doyon

Posted at 08:22pm
I grew up with Dick in Bantam and joined the Navy about a year after he did. Our paths crossed under interesting circumstances while in the Navy. I was once transported while at sea off of the coast of North Vietnam from my ship to the Duncan to repair a piece of equipment. I knew Dick was on the Duncan so I looked him up and we visited for a while before I was returned to my ship. Strange place to meet for two kids from Bantam 10000 miles from home.
John Doyon

Laura Swett Posted at 09:38pm

Thank you for sharing this story, John. It made us smile!

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