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William H. Williams Jr. "Bill"

WILLIAMS – William H. Jr., “Bill”, 89, of Johnstown, passed on to his heavenly reward on December 4, 2019 at Laurel View Village.  Born on July 6, 1930, in Ebensburg, PA.  Son of the late William Hay Williams & Mary Marguerite (Berkebile) Williams, and brother to the late Betty Ann Beihl.  Also preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Leah Hunter Williams.  Survived by three sons, William A. Williams (Lynne), Johnstown; John A. Williams (Kim), Ligonier; and David H. Williams (Tammy), Johnstown; proud grandfather of five grandchildren, Abby (Pittsburgh), Austin, Hunter, Kallie & Jenna Williams.  Graduate of Indiana State Teachers College (now IUP) with a degree in Music Education (1952).  Served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, stationed at the Recruit Training Center in Bainbridge, MD until 1954.  Initially taught in the Hastings School District, Garfield Junior High, then spent the rest of his teaching career at Ferndale Area School District.  Owned and operated Williams Music Gallery, Main Street, downtown Johnstown in his retirement years. Played trumpet in the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Johnstown Reed Band for many years. Directed the First Presbyterian Church choir in Johnstown for almost 50 years, where he also was an ordained Elder.   Organized musical performances throughout our region, and hosted and directed a Mass Choir annually for the First Presbyterian Festival of the Nativity in early December.  Featured as tenor soloist for performances of Handel’s Messiah many times in his early years.  Was very proud to sing with his sons as a barbershop and sacred quartet for over 40 years. Was very involved in the music community in our area for many, many years, and gave of himself tirelessly and selflessly.  Was a member of several area Kiwanis Clubs for decades.  He loved following the activities of his children and grandchildren.  His wonderfully kind and gentle spirit was noticed by all. Friends will be received Friday, December 13 from 2 to 8 PM at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland and from 9:30 AM to time of Funeral Service at 10:30 AM Saturday, December 14, at First Presbyterian Church, Johnstown.  Rev. Alice Tondora, officiating.  Entombment with military rites by Conemaugh Valley Detachment 287, Marine Corps League at Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. Family suggests donations to First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901 in memory of Bill Williams. 

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My late husband Carl was a good friend and colleague of Bill's. For many years they shared musical performances and activities. He will be remembered by the innumerable people whose lives he touched with his musical gifts and kind personality. My sincere sympathy to your family.

Nancy Miller Dec 13 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Williams was my music teacher at Ferndale Area High School from 1968 to 1972.

He was so kind and so focused, to allow each of us to work at our own pace and to develop, as students.

Thank you Mr. Williams.


Mrs. Beverly A. Lech
( Beverly Abraham Class of 1972 )

Beverly Lech Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM

My mother and father were members of the First Presbyterian church. Both thought very highly of both Bill and Leah. Both of my parents are gone now but I shall remember them always speaking highly of Bill and Leah.

James R. Kuntz, Jr Dec 8 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Williams always had a place in my heart. He always had a minute to talk, always had a smile and said hello. Such a gentle, soft spoken man. He was Johnstown's "Fred Rogers". God has called him home, and his wonderful smile will shine in Heaven now.

Darlene Lipuma Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM