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Gregory “Greg” Paul Williams, aged 70, of #5 Old Nugent Farm, Gloucester, died on Monday, June 13, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Born in Springfield, Vt., and raised in Brandon, Wilder, and Salisbury’s Lake Dunmore, Vt. Greg was the son of the late Luceille and Merrill Williams. He is survived by his wife, Jan, who was at his side throughout his battle with Myelofibrosis--a very rare bone marrow disease. Greg eventually underwent an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant to pursue a myelofibrosis cure. Greg was the grandson and nephew of builders. At a very young age, Greg learned how to use a hammer and, in summers, earned spending money working for his grandfathers and uncle on construction sites. At MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., Greg studied math, physics, and focused on Civil Engineering, which led to a career in commercial construction. MacMurray College was also where Greg met Jan. After graduating, Greg began his professional career as a Field Engineer for the Volpe Construction Company, originally founded by John Volpe, and later advanced to Lead Superintendent as well as General Superintendent. While at Volpe, Greg led many construction projects, including the Department of Transportation, the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, the Springfield Bulk Mail Facility, and many hospitals. He later worked for Suffolk Construction Co., Inc., where Greg led the construction of the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, several nursing homes, and a State Correction Facility in Connecticut. Next, at Morganti National, Inc., Greg led the construction of projects such as the Boston University (BU) School of Management and the BU Center for Biomedical Research. Later at Barr & Barr Builders, Greg headed the construction of the Olin College Administration Building, the MIT Center for Learning & Memory, the MIT Center for Cancer Research, and others. While working for George B. H. Macomber Co., Inc., Greg led the construction of the WGBH Channel 2 Brighton facility, the Merrimack, N.H. Fidelity Investments building, and others. At Turner Construction Co., Greg began the final phase of his professional career as Clerk-of-the-Works for the construction of Newton North High School. Continuing in this capacity, he then worked for LPBA Architects, Inc. Greg ended his professional career as Clerk-of-the-Works on the Ayer Shirley Regional High School renovation for Dorr & Whittier Architects, Inc. Greg loved skiing, golf, and, in later years, ‘beaching’—particularly on warm Caribbean waters! His favorite ski mountain is in Bormio, Italy, where he and Jan skied annually for at least 20 years. Favorite Mexican resorts were in Cabo and Nuevo Vallarta; however, Greg also loved Playa del Carmen’s warm-water beaches! He loved living in Gloucester; particularly at Good Harbor Beach, on the Bass Rocks Golf course, and in the rose and herb gardens around his and Jan’s home. Greg, however, never forgot his Vermont roots and skiing at Stowe; although he grew to prefer the shorter drives to NH ski resorts!
No services are planned. However, if wished, donations may be made in memory of Greg Williams, to support Myelofibrosis Research under Dr. Vincent Ho’s direction at: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 16, 2016
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