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ROCKPORT, MA - Michael J. Williams, 74, of Rockport, husband of Charlene M. (Miller) Williams, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday evening, December 15, 2017. Michael was born on May 27, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to the late Joseph and June (Owen) Williams. He went to Beverly schools and then onto Brown University, earning his Bachelor's degree. He furthered his learning and continued on to earn his Master's degree from Salem State and taught in the Beverly and Malden school systems, nurturing his special education and geometry students. Michael retired just five years ago. He absolutely loved babies and little children and was blessed with his first granddaughter, Hayden, five months ago, whom he was so proud of. He adored all animals and had a tabby cat named "Stewie" who will surely miss him. He was very involved with the AA community and was a friend of Bill W., helping many on their journey to recovery. Michael was a member of the First Congregational Church in Rockport along with his wife. An energetic man with a huge heart, he could be seen helping people in all kinds of situations; he would literally give you the shirt off his back. He will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, whom he was married to for 22 years; his two daughters, Sarah Syme and her husband, Daniel Baker of Watertown, Michaela Williams of Rockport; one son, Brian Williams of Rockport; one granddaughter, Hayden Baker; a brother, Robert Williams of South Boston; a niece, Heather Kern of Floriday, and a nephew, Michael DiCenzo of Florida. He was predeceased by his sister, Sandra King.
Michael's service will be held in the First Congregational Church of Rockport on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 11 a.m., followed by light refreshments. Family and friends are cordially invited. In keeping with the family's wishes, there are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 17, 2017
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