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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.