Wayne Elwin Williams, of Brooksville, Florida and formerly of Jacksonville, Vermont, passed away peacefully at home in the company of his family on March 2, 2021. He fought a valiant fight against several serious chronic illnesses for many years without complaint.
Wayne was born June 20, 1936 in South Royalton, Vermont. In 1940, he was adopted by Elwin and Lila Williams of Jacksonville, Vermont. Wayne graduated from Whitingham School in 1954. He worked with his father as a housepainter before joining the United States Navy where he served for four years. He also served in both the Naval and Army Reserves following his honorable discharge from the Navy.
On August 29, 1959, he married Sandra D. Twiss of Readsboro, Vermont. He served as the postmaster in Jacksonville, Vermont for 32 years retiring in 1991. Following his retirement, he and Sandra moved to Stratford, New York to the home they built and affectionately called “Vermont West”. They spent the summer months there and the winters in Brooksville.
Wayne loved people and loved his community. He coached Little League and even bought the first uniforms for the team in Jacksonville. He was a founding member of the Whitingham Rescue Squad and served many years as an EMT. He was also a member of the Whitingham Fire Department. When the young people of Jacksonville needed something to do, he suggested that the community install a basketball court at the Municipal Center and he funded that venture.
Wayne was a member of the Freemasons and the EZ Riders Snowmobile Club in Jacksonville. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching Tom Brady lead the New England Patriots to repeated victories.
Wayne was a self taught musician who loved country and bluegrass music. For many years, he played and sang country music with several bands throughout New England.
Wayne was a fisherman and an avid hunter of rabbits, racoons, white tail deer and bear. He also enjoyed cultivating blueberries and blackberries both in New York and in Brooksville.
He always had a smile and a quick dry wit that made others chuckle. Wayne saw the good in everyone and never hesitated to encourage those around him. He was generous with his time and was very proud of his children and family.
He was predeceased by his brother, Elmer Jones and his sisters, Lois Dudley, Barbara Randolph and Joyce McCook. He is survived by his spouse, Sandra, his four children, Gwendolyn W. Harris of Brooksville, Florida, Aaron C. Williams of Tampa, Florida, Jennifer W. Corse and herhusband Wayne Corse of Brooksville, Florida and Dwight E. Williams and his wife Janet Hoffmann of Broadalbin, New York and his brother, Alvah Jones, Jr. of Springfield, Vermont. He leaves six grandchildren, one great grandson and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children and The Wounded Warriors Project.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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