Francis T. Williams

June 27, 1951February 25, 2013

Commander Francis T. Williams of Sandwich passed away February 25, 2013, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was the beloved husband of Janice (Tupper) Williams, father of Paul E. and his fiancée Emily Judd, of Quincy, James T. and wife Qi Liyan of Pittsburgh and Beijing, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew F. of Quincy. He was born in Framingham, MA June 27, 1951, son of the late Francis E. and Florence (Cogliandro). He was raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. As a young man he served honorably as an enlisted Marine from 1969 through 1975. As a Marine, he was deployed to Vietnam as a forward observer for the 3rd Marine 9th Battalion. Prior to his career as a pharmacist, he served as a Weymouth Police Officer.

Commander Williams was directly commissioned in 1994 as a Naval Lieutenant. His first assignment was the supervising pharmacist for the fifth floor satellite pharmacy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1996, he took an assignment to the Naval Hospital in Sigonella, Sicily, as Department Head of the Pharmacy. Over the course of his career, he was stationed in Groton Connecticut, Fort Dietrich Maryland, National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland and coordinated medical logistics aboard the USNS Comfort. His last stateside command was Portsmouth New Hampshire as the Officer In Charge. He deployed to Afghanistan from Bethesda as an embedded trainer for the Afghan National Army. Upon his return from Afghanistan, Commander Williams was assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency as the Chief of the Pharmaceutical Division and was again deployed as an Individual Augmentee to the Multi-National Security and Transition Command – Iraq. In 2011, his third deployment took him back to Afghanistan as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Medical Battalion 2nd Marine Logistics Group, tasked with evacuating all critical wounded personnel. Commander Williams holds three degrees. A Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from Harvard University and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Commander Williams was a highly decorated Naval Officer having been awarded over twenty-five ribbons and medals; the following decorations he was most proud of were the: Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Defense Service Ribbons- Vietnam, Afghanistan (2), Iraq, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Army Achievement Medal, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. In 2012, Commander Williams was honored by Naval Health Care New England when the Warrior Health Clinic Portsmouth NH was renamed the "Commander Francis T. Williams Warrior Health Clinic".

Commander Williams, or better known to his friends as Frank, was an avid salt and fresh water fisherman. He enjoyed working his lobster-boat as a young man and sailing his Morgan Sloop in his later years. He was a talented musician. He traveled for pleasure all over the globe but nothing brought him greater pleasure than following his beloved Patriots and Red Sox.

In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his brother George and sister in law Helen and their children, George and Cheryl of League City TX; his cherished sister in law Susan (Tupper) Seitzman and her husband Charlie; niece Jennifer Donovan and her husband Sean and their children Evelyn, Ronan and Gavin; niece Jillian Freitas-Haley and her wife Shelia; his Aunt Rita Cogliandro and many cousins.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A in Sandwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich, followed by burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to the Semper Fi Fund


  • Visiting Hours Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Burial Friday, March 8, 2013

Francis T. Williams

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June 27, 2016

Happy Birthday You would have been 65 today.Love you

February 25, 2015

On this the anniversary of your death , I miss you more than words can ever describe. Loved you most ,until we meet again .

June 28, 2013

Happy Birthday June 27 "Dearest Friend"

Asha Wade

May 23, 2013

I only worked with Commander Williams a short time but he was a very down to Earth and friendly man. It was hard to be in a bad mood after being around him. His light will certainly be missed. Continued prayers for his family as I am sure you miss this fine gentleman.

Leo & Lois Morin

April 16, 2013

We are so very sorry to hear of Franks passing. We remember his smile, his friendship and how much he loved his family. All those trips on the bus looking for housing and Janice you were always his favorite topic of conversation. We felt we knew you well before your arrival to Sigonella. Frank was the true embodiment of an officer and a gentleman. We felt lucky to have had the opportunity to call him friend and to know his wonderful family. We will hold you all in our prayers.

Ed Scheinert

April 9, 2013

I had the privilege and honor to serve with CDR Williams on his first Afghan deployment and could not have been more fortunate to have worked with such a great leader. Semper Fi, Frank!!

Lena Soto

April 4, 2013

So sorry to hear about the passing of one who I met while deployed to Afghanistan as well. Frank was always willing to help and went on a number of village mission trips c/ us. We also collaborated c/ him in getting vaccines through the Afghan Army. During that trip we gave out thousands of vaccines. I believe he even drove the hummer for us and rode in the top as our gunner when needed. I salute you Frank! Maj Soto Retired

Commander Dan Patterson

April 4, 2013

Frank Williams was a superb Naval Officer and a good friend and mentor. I served with him in Afghanistan in 2007-2008. We went out on two high-profile missions and his spirit, humor and good nature kept us focused. He told me he was out there so the younger kids wouldn't have to go. His honor and nobility were inspirational. He will be missed.

CDR Milan Moncilovich

April 2, 2013

I'm am so saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and shipmate. I met Frank when he first arrived at Bethesda and then again in Sigonella and other places over the years. He was truly an Officer, mentor and scholar who led at the "tip of the spear". Rest in peace my friend, we have the watch. Semper fi

John Spain

March 23, 2013

I will remember Frank as a dedicated officer who placed others before himself. He was always ready to listen attentively and offer words of wisdom because he sincerely cared. His actions in life reflect that and his legacy will live on in the many he inspired. Frank stands the watch in a different post now. God Bless him.