Guy J. Williams
October 19, 1938 – April 13, 2021
Mr. Guy J. "Joe" Williams died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at Maine General Hospital in Augusta on April 13, 2021 at the age of 82.
Joe was born on October 19, 1938 in Fort Fairfield, ME to Guy J. and Pauline (Deschaines) Williams. His father died in 1940, and his mother moved her seven children to be near family in Waterville ME in 1945. Joe graduated from Waterville High School in 1957. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1961 and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. As part of this assignment he played for the USASA Big Blue Basketball team, travelling around bases in Italy, Germany and France to play in tournaments. He remembered fondly the trip he took with friends to see the Olympics in Rome in 1960. During the off-season, he served as the manager of the USASA Big Blue baseball team. Upon leaving the Army, Joe enrolled at Thomas College in Waterville ME where he met his future wife, Connie (Hallee) while playing ping pong. He graduated with his Associate's degree in business in 1963 and the two were married. After a honeymoon in the mountains of New Hampshire the couple settled in Belfast where Joe took a position teaching business at Crosby High School. In 1967 he started his banking career at Depositor's Trust Company. In 1973, Joe took a position with Skowhegan Savings Bank where he spent the rest of his career, settling permanently in Skowhegan with Connie and their five children. Joe retired from Skowhegan Savings in 2000, having served as Vice President.
Joe was an avid athlete and sports fan. A star basketball player in high school, college and on the "Big Blue" Army basketball team, he continued with the sport as a coach of his four sons' basketball teams when they were young and then as a licensed referee at high school games around Maine for over 20 years. He was also an accomplished golfer, a longtime member of Lakewood Golf Course and frequent competitor in tournaments. He proudly displayed his hole-in-one and tournament trophies at work and at home. After physical disability ended his own golfing activities he continued to help organize tournaments for the Central Maine Seniors Golf Association until 2018.
Joe was also involved in community organizations. He was an active member of the Skowhegan Rotary Club, including being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Joe was also a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th degree) at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Skowhegan a lifetime member of the Skowhegan State Fair Association. Joe and his wife Connie could be seen enjoying themselves at the local church baked bean dinners, Skowhegan Log Days and Skowhegan State Fair Events every year together until Connie's untimely death from breast cancer in 2004.
Joe is survived by five children and eleven grandchildren: Andrew, wife Lisa, and children Connor, Claire, and Carson of Pittsburgh, PA; Lawrence, wife Jane, and children Haley and Elijah of Windham, ME; Gary and children Harrison and Mako of Riverside, CA; Patrick (Rick), wife Susan, and daughter Lauren of Cumberland, ME; and Anita (Woolley), husband David, and children Brian, Jonah and Henry of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also survived by his siblings Melvin, Richard, Earl, and JoAnn, 50 nieces and nephews, his close friend Jaqueline Chadbourne, and his dog, Sam. He is preceded in death by his wife, Constance Hallee in 2004, and his brothers Paul and Reginald.
The family would like to thank MaineGeneral Medical Center Clinical Staff from the Emergency Department and the Rehabilitation Unit and the 2 West Team for the incredible and compassionate care provided to our father in his final days. The family also wishes to thank the staff at Glenridge Long Term Care for caring for Joe and facilitating regular communication with him while navigating the difficulties of the COVID pandemic. In addition, the family thanks Dr Ball and the VA Healthcare staff for providing the services that enabled Joe to remain in his home for as long as he possibly could.
Services will be held in late June in Skowhegan, Maine, with specific date and location to be determined.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Anyone who wishes to leave the family messages of condolence may do so on our website https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/skowhegan-me/guy-williams-10152142
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Joe and Connie Williams Memorial College Scholarship Fund at https://gofund.me/b361703e.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Guy J. Williams
April 29, 2021
Larry, Gary, Andy, Rick and Anita,
Please accept Lisa’s and my sincerest condolences in the passing of your father.
Uncle Joe, your Dad, always made this nephew feel pretty special. Perhaps because we shared his father’s name , Guy, as our first name. But I think in reality all the dozens of us nieces and nephews were made to feel the same way in his presence. We were all family and that was important to him.
My first memory of Uncle Joe was his visit to our family for Christmas 1960 in our quarters in Ramstein when both Uncle Mel and Joe were stationed in Germany. He was in the living room with us Christmas Eve. Down the road, your Dad also provided assistance to my wife , Lisa, and I in getting a home established back in the States after coming back from our tour in Germany in the early 80s which was very much appreciated. Another vivid memory of Uncle Joe was he helped me find and purchase my first car with the encouragement of Uncle Mel . In retrospect probably wasn’t the most prudent move because a little over a year later this 22 year old 2nd Lieutenant was driving that Chevy Nova with the 5 Liter V-8 on the Autobahn. At 110 mph. Usually.
Cousins, Joe was a good man in every sense of the word and a wonderful uncle. I am proud to have shared the name Guy with him. Requiescat in Pace, Joe. Tim and Lisa Williams
William & Norma Randall
April 24, 2021
Family of Joe Willliams, We would like to offer our condolences and prayers to Larry, Andy, Gary, Rick and Anita and their familes for their loss. May you all be comforted by happy memories shared with your father. Sincerely, Bill & Norma
Jack & Jo Ann Nivison
April 21, 2021
Andy, Larry, Patrick, Gary, Anita,
Our sympathy for the passing of your Dad. Joe was a good friend, good husband, good father, good grandfather, good brother, good brother in law, and a good uncle.
He was well disciplined in raising his family and well organized in his work. Joe & Connie were always very welcoming when the Nivison children invaded their home with that beautiful pool ! The Christmas Day visits provided some exciting times. The only proof anyone needs to know about Joe is to see and communicate with the five wonderful children he helped to raise.
Joe & Connie are now reunited.
Our Love to You All, Uncle Jack & Aunt Jo Ann
April 20, 2021
Joe was my first boss at Skowhegan Savings Bank when I moved to Maine from the UK and he was a tremendous help and support to me. I made a quilt for his retirement. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
April 18, 2021
I want to express my condolences to all of you for the loss that you are dealing with. I was just entering my teenage years when Connie showed up with this guy named Joe. So he has been a part of our family nearly all of my life. I remember that he took on the challenge of teaching me the finer points of playing basketball. He is still shaking his head over that one. Connie and Joe had 5 children who are extremely lucky to have such great parents. Joe was an active member of our extended family. Connie and Joe regularly hosted family gatherings that helped build the bonds between 28 nieces and nephews, great times and memories that last a lifetime. Joe was an important part of the family fabric and I am going to miss him.
April 17, 2021
To Joe's children with warm remembrance and heart felt sorrow for your loss. My thoughts are with you. I'll always remember those special years I worked with your Dad. Love, Sue
April 17, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Andy, Gary, Larry, Rick, and Anita on the loss of your father. We miss those years when you were all still in the neighborhood. May your memories bring you strength, comfort, and peace. Ludger & Edie
April 17, 2021
The Williams family were a huge part of our lives in Skowhegan. Anita & Jessica sharing being the youngest, & female, to four brothers. And the brothers of both families sharing sports activities. Guy & I served on the school committee simultaneously. Connie & I did an Abbott & Costello skit for Daughters of Isabella: "Who's on First." Connie was great. I couldn't stop laughing. The Britten family sends condolences.
April 17, 2021
So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe, Mike Wing, Bruce McCray and I played golf every Tuesday afternoon from the early seventies until he retired from golf. He was a great friend, and boy did he hate to lose. Which didn’t happen often. He will be missed.
April 16, 2021
On behalf of my family (especially Don Aldrich) I'm so sorry to hear this. I ALWAYS think of your dad as my dad's partner on the hardwood. Joe stomping in through our door on many a winters night, always with a big smile and laugh as they prepared to slog off through the dark to some neighboring school or all the way to Jackman or some such basketball backwoods. I always see him running up court, flipping his hand through his thinning flopping referee hair, gesturing to the scorers table and making the call loudly heard past all our rowdy crowd's catcalls and cacaphony. I have thought of him often and today are thinking of you and Larry, Andy and all. Well-played, Joe. Hit the showers and head for home. The home town crowd is with you.