Thomaston - Keith E. Williams, 66, passed away Monday February 25, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Donna (Loyer) Williams, to whom he was married for 43 years. Their marriage was rooted in friendship and love. They were an amazing team who loved to explore and travel the world together, even if that was in their own backyard.
Keith was born on March 31, 1952 in Naugatuck to the late George and Mabel Williams. He retired from O’Keefe Controls in Monroe, CT and was previously proud to have owned his own planetarium business for many years, New England Science Studies.
He was very inquisitive, an avid reader and he loved to learn. He enjoyed sharing what he learned with his family and friends and was a natural story teller.
Some of his favorite stories to tell were his Air Force stories and he marveled that he and his son Mike shared the same barracks at Lackland Air Force Base 23 years apart. Keith was a Flight Engineer on C141 cargo planes.
He loved Astronomy, Simon and Garfunkel, technology and spirituality. He was gentle and patient with animals and always had a treat in his pocket. He loved his dogs Lizzie, Siri and Cooper.
He grew up spending summers at Bantam Lake with his family and friends and just a few years ago fulfilled his dream of purchasing a cottage on the water there. He loved spending time with his family there and watching his granddaughters enjoy the lake. The best nights were when he had his whole family, sitting around a camp fire, laughing and telling stories. These nights usually ending by looking at the night sky and waiting for a meteor to pass by.
“PopPop” was ever-present and reliable. Whether his granddaughters were playing in a sporting event, singing in a school concert, or just needed a ride, he could always be counted upon to be there.
Keith was an active member of St. Peter’s-Trinity Church. While he served as Sr. Warden he was instrumental in the merge of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Plymouth and Trinity Episcopal Church of Thomaston.
Beside his wife, Keith leaves a son, Mike Williams and his wife Maura Williams of Watertown, a daughter, Michelle Sullivan and her husband Tim Sullivan of Thomaston and his Granddaughters; Lorea, Emily, Ava and Julia and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers George Williams and Dale Williams.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 1, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Lyons Funeral Home 46 High St. Thomaston. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Trinity Church 60 Main St., Thomaston, at 11:00 A.M. Military honors will follow. Burial will be private. To send notes of sympathy and comfort to Keith’s family please visit his tribute page at www.lyonsfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Keith’s name to the Father Williams Scholarship Fund C/O St Peter’s-Trinity Church 60 Main St. Thomaston, CT 06787.