Henry Williams, Jr., 70, carpenter, prankster

ALBANY—Henry M. Williams, Jr. passed away July 18, 2010 at the Albany Medical Center. He resided at the Whittier Nursing Home in Ghent, and formerly lived in East Chatham.
He was born May 28, 1940 in Stanford CT, the son of Henry Sr. and Florence Patters Williams. He moved to Ghent as a young boy and was a graduate of Chatham High School. He went to work as a cabinetmaker and carpenter for Streaters in Chatham after graduation. Later he worked at Goodrich Bros. in Pittsfield, MA as a carpenter and then went to work for the Union.
He was a prankster and comedian to his last day. He enjoyed practical jokes and said folks would remember him always making them laugh. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing, ice fishing and was a devoted Yankee fan. Mr. Williams enjoyed going out and socializing.
He will be greatly missed by his sister, June A. Cutler and her partner Joseph Wallach Sr.; his charming son, Henry Williams III, and his wife Heidi of Niverville; his charming daughter, Lindsay Ann Williams and her fiancé Erik Ireland; and loving grandson, David Shane Powell Jr. of Newport News, VA.; and his cousin, JoAnn Patters of Shelton, CT.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, July 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Religious services will be celebrated at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, Wednesday, July 21 at 10 a.m., gather at 9:30 a.m.
Interment will follow at the Ghent Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad.  For directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.frenchblasl.com.

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