Richard Gerard Williams passed peacefully on Sunday morning, October 13, 2019 at the age of 77. He was born on December 1,1941 in Manchester to Gerard and Rita Williams. He graduated from Central High School in 1959, then entered the Army, bravely serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He married Sandra Marie (Powers) Williams on February 15, 1975 in Derry. After moving to Andover, he worked for the State of New Hampshire for 20 years. They welcomed three children, to join with Richard’s daughter from a previous marriage. He’s remembered as a dedicated father and devoted husband who was always looking out for friends and family.
Richard was an accomplished marksman and firearms instructor, and often shared his passion for firearms training and safety with those eager to learn. He had a keen knowledge and lifelong love of military history. He could often be seen riding his favorite motorcycle through town.
In addition to his other interests, he possessed an incredible gift for model building. He was often serious and quietly thoughtful, but his sense of humor was immense. His most endearing quality was his dedication to his wife of 44 years, with whom he always shared his love and heart fully and completely.
He was an active and dedicated member of the Elkins Fish and Game Club, where he volunteered as a shooting instructor and was recently given a certificate of achievement. He loved camping in the White Mountains, visiting with friends, and being surrounded by loving family.
Richard was predeceased by his parents Rita and Girard Williams of Derry. Surviving family include his loving wife, Sandra (Powers) Williams of Andover; children Kimberly Williams Rossignol of Morrisville, Vermont; Karen Gosselin of Sunapee; Jerry Williams of Salisbury; and Sandra Williams-Crossley of Hartland, Vermont. He also leaves his beautiful legacy to his grandchildren: David Rossignol, Nathalie Rossignol, Michael Rossignol, Robert Rossignol, Summer Gosselin, Hector Crossley, and Natalie Chute.
Richard will be welcoming his youngest grandchild in spirit this November. He also leaves his beloved goddaughter Denise Bennett. Extended family include his children’s spouses and partners, Thomas Gosselin, John Crossley, and Marcie Chute.
A full church service was held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London on October 19. Donations may be made to New London Hospital, Med/Surg Department, at 273 County Road, New London NH 03257. For more information, visit NewLondonHospital.org/ways-to-support/.
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