OBITUARY

Allan H. Williams

March 17, 1930February 3, 2019
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Allan Williams, 88, of Marlborough, NH, died peacefully on February 3, 2019, at Langdon Place of Keene, after a period of failing health.

Allan is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jacqueline (Glasson) (our Mom) who he met at a church camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in 1948 and with whom he had three children, Kimberly, (with Warren Heaps in Florida), Jennifer, (with Bob Moffett in New Jersey) and Christopher, (with Toni Capel in Vermont); his grandchildren, Christopher, Owen, Leslie, Kylie and Lucas; his great-grandchildren Logan, Majeed and Quinn; and a beloved cat, Lola. Allan also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents John and Sara (Hayes); his sisters Alice and Geraldine; his brothers Earl and Robert; and his cherished twin Arthur.

Allan (Dad) loved music. As a young man, he drove with his brother to square dances all over New England, an interest which he sustained as an adult with his wife and their friends. Dad enjoyed musical theatre, performing in many early Heart Fund shows in Marlborough. He was a member of the Gordon Bissell American Legion Keene Post #4 Band for over fifty years, playing trumpet and cymbals in events as far away as Texas and Hawaii. For almost thirty years, Dad added his beautiful tenor voice to the Barnstormers Men’s Choral Group singing in Pennsylvania, New York, and all of the New England states. Dad was a lifelong member of the Federated Church of Marlborough and sang in the choir most of his life. He volunteered many hours working at the church, whether helping to construct the Prayer Garden or revamping the pipe system for the organ. Dad nurtured a love of music in his children.

He had a long career in the United States Army, which included two years active duty and almost three decades with the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. One of Dad’s proudest accomplishments was graduating in 1981 from the US Sergeant’s Major Academy in Fort Bliss, Texas, earning the rank of E-9 and serving his county as Command Sergeant Major until retirement in 1991. In 1958, Dad joined MPB in Keene and retired in 1990.

Interested in town politics, Dad became a selectman, a police officer, and was Marlborough’s Chief of Police from 1973 to 1976. He was considerably proud to provide security for President Gerald Ford when he came through Marlborough.

A tireless driver, Dad worked for Keene Toyota Volvo as a sub, and drove the family motor home to Florida every winter, visiting friends and family along the way. He also enjoyed being a volunteer teacher in the “55 Alive” Safe Driving Project. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and served as treasurer for a number of years. Dad was known for his dedication, honesty, hard work and lively conversation. Quick with a joke or a laugh, his big smile and outgoing personality drew people to him. He had few complaints. He cared about justice and kindness, and treated everyone with fairness. Dad was a loyal companion for our mom and deeply loved by family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday February 10th, from 3:00 to 5:00PM in the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Burial will be later in the spring in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Marlborough. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, West Swanzey, NH 03446; or to Patient Care Needs of Hospice, c/o Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services, PO Box 564, Keene, NH 03431-0564.

  • DONATIONS

  • Monadnock Humane Society
  • Patient Care Needs of Hospice

Services

  • Visitation and Celebration of Life Sunday, February 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Allan H. Williams

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Warren Heaps (Son of Warren .N.)

February 9, 2019

I had the great pleasure of meeting Allan and his lovely wife in my mid teens. I spent quite a few evenings going to the Square dances with him and some of the rest of the family . As a 14 year old, the whole idea seemed square but I begrudgingly was dragged along. Im sure for a while outwardly I appeared disinterested and annoyed but the truth be told it was actually a great time . I remember how difficult it was learning all the different dance steps. Alan was very kind to me he gave me a car (one of my first) which was a green Chrysler full size 4 door sedan. He was the kindness, most welcoming person you can possibly imagine to a newly acquired step-grand child. Him and his wife Jackie went above and beyond to make my siblings and myself feel welcomed. I can honestly say I never felt judged, never felt anything but true honest caring and decency.

Robin Picard

February 8, 2019

I met Allan when my daughter and her husband moved across the street to renovate "Mabel's House". Allan began to share many stories about the house and the neighborhood. He and Jackie were so friendly and welcoming and happy to have a young family across the street. I thoroughly enjoyed Allan's sense of humor and his perspective on things - old and new . He was proud of his children, and grandchildren, and spoke so often of them I felt as if I knew them too! I appreciated Allan's sense of honesty, his humor and his friendliness. I enjoyed more than a few meals and outings with Jackie and Allan and tried to remember Allan's sweet tooth to bring him cookies and cakes from time to time. I always felt that I had a trusted and good friend in Allan. He will be sorely missed and when new folks move into his house, I'll refer to it as "Jackie and Allan's place".

Tina Shepardson

February 8, 2019

Allan watched me grow up in the Marlborough church and was the first person I ran to hug when I came home to visit. We would make each other laugh so much it's a wonder they ever let us sit near each other for choir practice. All these decades later he would still flash his big mischievous smile and say that he and Jackie used to call me their 'favorite teenager' when they saw me walking up and down the hill to and from school every day after their own kids were grown. He has always had a very special place in my heart, and I will miss him terribly - his contagious laughter, twinkly eyes, quick jokes, great NH accent, and the generous love that he shared with so many. Thank you for sharing his picture with us - if anyone comes across the picture of me, Allan, and Meg that he used to keep in his choir folder, it would mean the world to me to have a copy of it. With all my love to Jackie and all of Allan's family and many friends, Tina

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