WILMINGTON, MA — Edwin J. Williams, fondly known as”Jack” to his family and friends or “Eddie” to his co-workers, of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 12, 2017, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. He was 75 years old.
Jack was born in Cambridge, MA on March 11, 1942; he was the dear son of the late Edwin P. and Bernice “Bunny” (Quigley) Williams. Jack was raised and educated in Watertown, MA and was a graduate of Watertown High School. Soon after graduation, Jack proudly joined the Army Reserves and enlisted for active duty in December of 1962, during the Vietnam War. Jack served overseas as a Green Beret in Korea as well as Vietnam and received several commendations and letters for his fine service. He was honorably discharged from active duty in December of 1965 and went on to continue Army Reserve Duty until March of 1968.
On May 16, 1965, Jack married his “childhood sweetheart” Anne Bibbo; the couple shared nearly 52 years together, raised two beautiful children, and made countless memories to share for years to come. Jack and Anne lived in Waltham for eight years before moving to Wilmington in 1972 where they made a wonderful home. Jack was a homebody who enjoyed “tinkering” around the house and “puttering” out in the yard. He was a “Jack of all trades” who could fix just about anything and he certainly had every tool to make that happen.
Jack was also very active in the community; he was instrumental in starting the Auxiliary Police Department for the town of Wilmington and served as an Auxiliary Policeman for many years. Jack was also very active at the Wilmington V.F.W. Post #2458 where he served as Quarter Master and helped many fellow Veteran’s throughout the years. Jack along with two of his friends started IPods for wounded Veterans to help the young men and women who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; little did he know what a success it would become and how many people he would help throughout the years.
Jack was employed as a Fire Marshall for the Polaroid Company for more than 40 years; his vast knowledge and work ethic along with his people skills made him quite an asset to the company. While working at Polaroid, Jack decided to go back to school and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. It took a lot of hard work and perseverance to earn his degree but when Jack put his mind to something he gave it 100 percent; he was a work horse.
In his spare time, Jack enjoyed golfing, watching movies, and following sports. He loved to cook for his family and friends; especially when it came to making breakfast. Most of all, Jack loved to spend time with his grandchildren; he was an amazing “Papa”. Jack would always joke that he could get down on the floor with them but he couldn’t always get back up.
Let’s not forget Jack’s sense of humor and his countless jokes that were told over and over. He loved to make people laugh.
Jack will be remembered as “one of a kind”; he would do anything for anyone; he was always there to help others and give back to his community as well as his fellow Veterans. Jack showered his family and friends with unconditional love and he will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jack was the beloved husband of 52 years to Anne M. (Bibbo) Williams, devoted father of Kevin M. Williams and his wife Stacey of Billerica and Patricia A. “Tricia” (Williams) Dagostino and her husband Sam of Waltham, loving “Papa” of Sarah, Sonja, Ryan, Zach, Isabella and Bobby. Dear son of the late Edwin P. and Bernice “Bunny” (Quigley) Williams, brother of Carole DeAmbrose of Boxford and the late Robert F. Willliams. Brother-in-law of Christine and Roy Berberian of Fitchburg. Jack is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, May 20th for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service with Military Honors at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations in Edwin’s memory may be made to iPods for Wounded Veterans, 4 Heather Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887-1506.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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