David Robert Williams, MD

April 27, 1948October 20, 2018

David Robert Williams, MD

Yarmouthport- Dr. David R. Williams died on October, 20 2018 surrounded by loving family and friends. He died from complications of Myotonic Distrophy.

David was born on April 27, 1948 in Jersey City, NJ to Madelyn and Lewis Williams. He graduated from Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in 1966, and then from Saint Peter’s College in 1970. His Jesuit education was tremendously important to him. David received his MD from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1974, completed his residency at Boston University Medical Center, and trained at the Lahey clinic where he did his fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery. He was the first Board Certified Colon and Rectal surgeon at Cape Cod Hospital and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. David was a surgeon at Park Street Surgical, and later Southeastern Surgical Associates. He practiced Colon and Rectal Surgery at Cape Cod Hospital for 33 years, where he mentored many medical students, one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of his career. After he retired from surgery, he practiced at Hyannis Family Medicine. David practiced medicine with compassion and grace, and his ability to help people exceeded his degree in medicine, he treated the whole person.

David immensely enjoyed his vocation as a surgeon, but his greatest joy was time with family and friends. Family was the most important part of his life, and if you didn't have any, he would adopt you as his. He traveled the world with his wife and daughters. While he was a very talented surgeon, he was an even better cook. He loved enjoying life, golf, shooting pool, and listening to music, particularly Bruce Springsteen, and Diana Krall. David loved football, especially the New York Giants. He loved his wife passionately, and loved his daughters beyond measure. He was committed to the education of his daughters. David was a man of few words, but when he spoke, people listened. He enjoyed intellectual conversation, and if you were lucky enough to sit by him for a while, you would get to engage in it. He could walk with kings and commoners. Of all the things he loved, he was loved much much more by all who knew him. His family, friends, and colleagues describe him as the kindest man they've ever come across.

David is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Gayle nee Wilcox, his daughter Tristan Williams of West Yarmouth, his daughter Jerrell (Mark) Lang of Chatham; his brother Dr. Lewis(Maria) Williams of Garden CIty, NJ; his sister Barbara Kravitz, RN of Toms River, NJ; and his two beloved granddaughters Norah(Angel Baby) and Molly(Bubba), who lovingly referred to him as “Daffy.” David is also survived by many, many loving friends and family.

His family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all of the medical staff at Cape Cod Hospital that took care of David with such grace, compassion and love.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 26th, from 4-7pm at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home 160 West Main St., Hyannis. Church services will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 11 am at Dennis Union Church located at 713 Route 6A in Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Myotonic Distrophy Foundation, To leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Visitation Friday, October 26, 2018

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Carol Malaquias

November 4, 2018

Dear Gayle, Tristan, and Jerrell,

Steve and I were so sorry to hear about Dave's passing. He was a fabulous man and physician. With our deepest sympathy, we are wishing you love and peace.

~ Carol and Steve Malaquias

Jen Jen Yeh

October 30, 2018

Dear Gayle - You may not remember me, but I’ve thought of David and you many times throughout the years. You and I met at the American College of Surgeons meeting shortly after I finished my residency at BMC in 2003. You and your McNulty’s tea are the reason I am an avid white tea fan these days! I still appreciate my time spent training under David, and would have loved the opportunity to work with him again. He was a phenomenal person and a great teacher.

My very best to you and your family,

Jen Jen

Maura Bresnahan

October 30, 2018

Dear Williams Family,
Many fond memories when I think of working with Dave,
playing golf with him and other great CCH friends. He always
had the time to give to anyone, such a great laugh, and so good to
his patients. Gayle, I will keep you and the girls in my thoughts and prayers.
Heaven has certainly received a new angel!!
Lots of loving thoughts,
Maura (O'Connell) Bresnahan

Nancy and Clay Beless

October 27, 2018

Dear Gayle and family,
Our sincere sympathy to all of you at the passing of David. Hold dear the wonderful memories you all shared and the love you all shared with David.
My Mom was operated on by Dave many years ago and she always talked warmly about the care she received from Dave.
We were not able to attend the visitation or service but send our love and concern to all of you now and for the days to follow.
We hope David did not suffer and know how much he will be missed by immediate family, family and friends.
With love and concern for all of you.
Clay and Nancy Beless

Sandy Leo-Clark

October 26, 2018

As one of his adopted “commoners” and golfing buds, David always made me feel welcome, respected, and loved - Gayle too! He eventually adopted my entire family! I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful memories to cherish that will keep his kind, loving, and genteel legacy alive.

Patricia Davison

October 26, 2018

My sincere condolences to you and your family for your great loss. I wish you God’s peace during your time of grief and sorrow.

Many years ago I had the opportunity along with my coworkers to work with Dr. Williams, on the 11-7 shift, in the Emergency Room at Norwood Hospital. We all shared many fond memories of Dr. Williams as we took care of the many patients that entered the ER. We survived the Blizzard of 1978.

My husband had an appointment with Dr. Williams and he asked him if he remembered me . I was very touched and honored that he remembered me and my gift. A small boat representing life’s journey. I am sad that all the years I have lived on the Cape we never crossed paths.

I pray that Dr. David Williams will Rest In Peace.

Chris Worster - Gallant

October 25, 2018

Dearest Gail & family,

Many, many years ago , I worked @ Bank of Boston in Yarmouthport . I would see both you & David on occasion @ the bank and always engaged in a lovely conversation.

My dad did painting & wallpapering in your home. He enjoyed David's company & conversation while my dad
went about his work . He commented when David would return home he would sit on the couch and listen to Jazz. His down time perhaps.

He was a classic gentleman 24/7/365.

May you and your girls and extended family find peace for David at this time.

He will be watching from above. As he was and is , an Angel.

Much love,
Chris Worster - Gallant

Deborah Esborn

October 25, 2018

Gayle, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed working with you and David on your house. My sincerest condolences.

Laurel Almquist

October 24, 2018

I worked with Dr. WILLIAMS for years on North Surgical at CCH. He was brilliant, kind, and always smiling. He didn’t always have the easiest situations to deal with regarding patients with colon issues but he remained calm and always treated his patients and the nurses with respect. He just stood out. I’m so glad I got to work with him. He was happy and very sweet.
I can picture him now- walking down the hall towards the nurses desk on N. Surgical.
Praying for his family at this time.
God Bless You-
Laurel Gage Almquist

Lucille Giddings

October 24, 2018

Dr. Williams was one in a million. He was always calm cool and collected in everything he accomplished. He made a difference to all of us at Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
With deepest sympathy in the passing of David.