February 10, 1994 – August 12, 2020
On Tuesday August 12, 2020, Van Williams, age 26, loving son, brother, Fiancé, and doting father of two beautiful children, passed away unexpectedly at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.
He was a graduate of Framingham High School 2012 and received a BS in Finance and a BS in Biology (Pre-Med) with a Minor in Chemistry from Barry University in 2016. Van was very active during college. He participated in multiple clubs including Student Ambassador-Head of Program and Student Managed Investment Fund-Health Care Sector Head. Van engaged in many different research experiments, abstract presentations, amongst other publications, many internships, and over 150 hours shadowing experience with several different Universities. He also worked multiple jobs at school. He maintained all of this while also being a great new dad, receiving a plethora of honors and awards and graduating Cum Laude. Van was a very active member of Greater Framingham Community Church. He went from Early Childhood Ministry to being Head Counselor of Vacation Bible School. As a young man he participated in many ministries within the church, but he was particularly proud of being the leader of Y We Praize Mime Ministry. Van was always joyful and willing when asked to come back home to participate in any event while in college and as he began his new career. Van was very passionate about educating and passing on as much knowledge as he could to young black children. He wanted them to always remember, it was not about where they came from, but where they were going. Van was a Sr. Analyst in the Venture Capitalist Industry at Hercules. Van loved his work. The only time he was not working he was playing with his children. He forwent going to many company social events and was quoted as saying, “I love you guys, but I rather be home playing with my kids, have fun tonight.”
Preceded in death by his father Van Williams Sr. He is survived by his mother Belinda Pacheco (Clark); sister, Tatianna B. Williams; childhood sweetheart, Sasha M. Johnson; and 2 amazing children; daughter, Kaylani Neomi Williams (7) and son, Avian Alshabari Williams (3).
There will be a Facebook Live Stream of Van’s Homegoing- Celebration of life on Wednesday 19, 2020 at 11:00am with Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd officiating. (See link below)
If desired, family and friends may make memorial contributions to Greater Framingham Community Church, P.O. Box 629, Framingham, MA 01704.
Celebration of Life
August 19, 2020
Rest In Peace, nephew. I am at a loss for words and I also am sorry that I never got to know you. I know your loss will effect many many lives. You are with the Lord now and your Heavenly duties will be just as abundant as all the great things you have accomplished in your life time. I am sending Prayers of Healing to your family as I know your loss is unbelievable. Gone too soon, nephew. Belinda and Tatianna I am so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort knowing that Van is not suffering and he is with the Lord, God; our Father, Amen
August 17, 2020
To Van's Loved Ones,
I met Van by simply sending him a LinkedIn message and asking him about SVB as I had just applied. Without even knowing who I am, Van offered his time to talk to me about SVB. When I started working at SVB Van had just left for Hercules. Still, Van and I exchanged brief messages congratulating each other on our new roles.
While these were small interactions, his selflessness to help me when he did not even know who I was speaks volumes of his character.