1923 – 2015

ROCKPORT — Lawrence Williams, 91, formerly of Wilton, died Saturday, Sept. 5, at home in Rockport.

Lawrence was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Farmington, a son of Dearborn and Gladys (Eaton) Williams. He received his education in local schools.

Lawrence was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was severely wounded and subsequently earned the Purple Heart. After six months in the hospital, he came home to marry Shirley Perkins. They enjoyed taking their grandchildren camping and spending their winters in Spring Hill, Fla. She died in 2002.

He was employed at both International Paper Co. and the Otis Mill for many years and was active in the Wilton American Legion, serving in various offices for many years and as commander for two years. He enjoyed weekly poker and pool games there until his late 70s.

Lawrence will be remembered as being a handyman, having fixed his children’s vehicles and making any project that his wife wanted for Girls State. He enjoyed taking walks, hunting, fishing and spending Thanksgiving with relatives. He also was a former member and deacon of the Wilton Congregational Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Brenda King of Warren; grandchildren, Kristin and her partner, Ken, Tory and his wife, Caitlin, and Nicole and her husband, Alan; great-grandchildren, Mara and Mae Dostie, Skyla, Natalie and Paxton King; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his 10 siblings, Thelma Amburg, Lucille Lingard, Evelyn Ouellette, Lillian Burhoe, and Donald, Theldon, Merle, Clifton, Raymond and Robert Williams; and a son, Clifton, in 2010.

Condolences and tributes may be shared with his family on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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