James Stewart Williams

February 8, 1926October 23, 2013

James Stewart Williams, 87, of Bedford, New Hampshire passed away on October 23rd, after a sudden illness. Born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania to the Reverend Burton and Mrs. Eileen Williams, James was the oldest of three sons. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Douglas Williams, of Elmira, New York and is survived by Albert Cameron Williams of Cambridgeshire, England. Like many other young men of his great generation James entered the United States Marine Corps at age 17, serving in World War II, in the Fourth Marine Division in the South Pacific. He saw three theatres of war: Taipan, Sinian and Iwo Jima, earning the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and two Presidential Citations. In his later years, he proudly wore an Iwo Jima Survivor hat. Once honorably discharged, he began his career at Moore Business Forms in Elmira, New York. Starting as a printing press helper, he worked his way up through every rank of the company, the world’s largest business form manufacturer at the time. At 42 years old he became the company’s youngest plant manager and went on to act as trouble shooter in several states along the eastern seaboard. He was responsible for the opening of the plant on Brown Avenue in Manchester New Hampshire in 1968. After more than 40 years with Moore he retired in 1988.

He enjoyed a long and healthy retirement, celebrating 65 years of marriage in April to his wife Genevieve Ann Brenzo of Elmira, NY. His interests were extensive, including traveling throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, and trying every good Italian restaurant anyone recommended. He was always focused on athletics, an interest that no doubt came from his father’s position as Director of Philadelphia’s YMCA. In high school he lettered in track. Later, he played baseball. He rarely missed his grandchildren’s basketball, baseball and soccer games and track meets, always cheering them on and advising them like a loving coach. He was an excellent swimmer and diver and even tried cliff diving in Hawaii. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Manchester Country Club, his favorite location for celebrating family birthdays and anniversaries. Up until one month before his passing he exercised at a local gym 6 days a week. His work-out regime was an inspiration to men half his age. Family members find some comfort that his physical fitness curtailed what might otherwise have been a protracted illness.

His family was the love of his life. He is survived by his wife Genevieve and 7 children: Ms.Sharon Williams of Bedford; Barbara Hall and husband Peter of Hooksett; Janet Mustico and husband Robert of Elmira; Kathleen Fortin and husband Daniel of Bedford; Carol Pelissier and husband William of Manchester; Gena Heidenreich and husband Scott of Goffstown; and, one son, James Stewart Williams II and his wife Susan (Hansberry) of Bedford. The day preceding his death, he was visited by every family member, totaling 25, including his 3 granddaughters, 6 grandsons and one 20-month-old great-grandson. A second great-grandson is expected any day. Among his admirable traits that will be missed are his quick wit, rational decision making, reserved manner, steadfast presence and strict devotion to his Roman Catholic faith. James and Genevieve have been communicants of St Elizabeth Seton Church since moving to Bedford in 1968. To the end, James was strong and fearless and, in his death as he did throughout his life, he took the final challenge in stride.

Calling hours were held Sunday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover Street, corner of Beech St., Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Rd.,Bedford. Burial with military honors followed in St. Joseph Cemetery.Memorial donations may be made to YMCA of Greater Manchester, 30 Mechanic Street, Manchester NH 03101.


  • Funeral Mass Monday, October 28, 2013
  • Calling Hours Sunday, October 27, 2013

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November 7, 2013

To The Williams Family:
I belatedly heard of Jim's passing and wanted to express my sincere condolences. Jim and my Dad, Homer, who passed away nearly two years ago, spent many an hour at the MCC playing the game of golf that they both loved so very much. They formed a great friendship that endured over time. The memories that they shared were precious and I know were treasured by both. May you also treasure the special memories that all of you have of Jim which can never be taken away. Again, please accept my sincere condolences.
Ken Brewer

Beverly (Morningstar) Mello

October 30, 2013

To my dearest friend Janet and her family, I am truly sorry for your loss and your brokenness at this time in your life. Our Creator feels your pain and sadness as many of us do as well. Find comfort in knowing that you were there along side of him as the angels escorted him into the loving arms of our savior Jesus . Our love ones know that they are loved and will be sadly missed, however, his spirit lives in all of you. The passing of our loves ones can never replace the love that we have in our hearts for them .Be strong in knowing you will always feel his presence near you. Sending my prayers and blessings to all .Signed Beverly (Morningstar)Mello Reading Center,N.Y.

Lynda Hill

October 28, 2013

Aunt Jenny and all my beautiful cousins, May the lord bless you and protect you. May the lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the lord show you his favor and give you his peace in this time of loss. What a beautiful man, husband and father he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love, Lynda, Lauren and Sierra

Anna and Paul Hargedon

October 28, 2013

Dear Jim, Susan, Erin, Brenna, and all the Williams. We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Williams passing. He certainly was an amazing man, with a much admired military background....A wonderful, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
You are all a remarkable family, and we hope it won't be too long before loving memories with your Dad will replace the sadness in your hearts.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

Tim Whitcomb

October 28, 2013

Jimmy was a great member of my fitness center for years! He would workout religiously 6 days per week! Absolutely amazing shape better than men half his age! Always smiling & having something nice to say! Jimmy you were an inspiration to me as a person and LOVED by all the staff & members at Elite PT & Fitness, We all have great memories, We will love and miss you always, May you rest in peace in gods kingdom. Tim Whitcomb Owner Elite PT & Fitness

October 28, 2013

Your dad, like my dad , was a WW2 veteran. I never met your dad, but I know he was a great , yet humble man. Please accept my best wishes. According to the Marine's Hymn, he like other US Marines, is now guarding the streets of heaven. Bill Whitten

Leslie Brigagliano

October 27, 2013

Dear Family and Friends of James Williams- My thoughts and prayers are with you all. James is a true example of what every father, grandfather and husband should be- dedicated and loving.

Donna & Dave Cordeiro

October 27, 2013

Janet, I am so very sorry to hear about your father. Reading this obituary, he seemed to be such an inspiration to his family and friends. Thinking about you all and keeping you in my prayers.

October 27, 2013

Dear Grandma Jenny, Gena, Sharon, Scott, Sam and Jared and the entire Williams family. We have been very fortunate to have had many a family meal at Gena and Scott's house with Jenny and James. We have enjoyed many conversations about many different subjects. We are fortunate to have known James. Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Katy, Mick and Max Bridgeman

Sylvia Friedmann

October 27, 2013

My sincerest sympathies to all of your family, Sharon, in the loss of your Dad. I spent many memorable hours at your home, you all made me feel welcomed. Your Dad indeed was an inspiration, and I hope you all take comfort remembering those lovely memories which will sustain you. With heartfelt sympathies, Syl