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Obituary: Jere T. Williams

Jere T. Williams, 85 years old, of Framingham, MA, died on April 24, 2012 at the MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham after a brief illness. Born in Madison, WI, son of the late Aubrey W. and Anita (Schreck) Williams, he was the husband of the late Eleanor (Pass) Williams who died in July of 1999. He was a graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in architecture and served with the U.S. Army in WWII in the Occupational Forces of Mainland Japan. He has been a resident of Framingham for the past four years and had previously lived in Port Washington and Syracuse, NY. Jere was extremely proud of his father who was a tireless social activist and New Deal program administrator. Jere worked as an architect for over 30 years and was passionate about architecture. Among the noteworthy projects that highlighted his career were the dormitories at Eisenhower College, a cathedral restoration, design work for Grumman Aircraft and award-winning work for the City of Rye, NY. Jere was also an avid fan of Syracuse football. First and foremost, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend.

He is survived by two sons, Jere T. Williams Jr. and his wife Toni Ammirati of Framingham and Winthrop Williams and his wife Cindi Cossen of Richmond, CA; three grandchildren, Nina Ruth, Tessa Marie and Benjamin Jere Williams, all of Framingham; one brother, Morrison Williams and many beloved family members. He was the brother of the late Winston and Aubrey Williams. Calling hours at the Eugene J. McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham will be on Friday, July 27 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Graveside services took place on April 28 in the Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jere’s memory may be made to the Learning Center for the Deaf, 848 Central St., Framingham, MA 01701; the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, bcco.org or the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St. Watertown, MA 02472.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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