Robert O. Williams, 82, formerly of Northborough


Obit Robert O. WilliamsBurke Hollow, Vt. – Robert O. Williams, 82, of Burke Hollow, formerly of Northborough, passed away peacefully at his home Friday morning, March 11, 2016.

Robert was born in Freeport, Maine on June 7, 1933, to the late Howard Everett and Elizabeth Rose (Bean) Williams. He was raised and educated in Marlborough schools and later attended the Worcester School of Business Science. He proudly served eight years in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s as a Boiler Tender Second Class. He married the former Jane Mary (Carrigan) and they shared 50 years together. They made their home in Northborough before moving to Barton and then Burke Hollow in 2003.

Robert “Bob” enjoyed antique gasoline engines and was past President of the Vermont Gas and Steam Association. He was not one to sit idle for long and was incredibly talented and motivated to create in so many ways. He loved to restore unique antiques and any kind of small, old engine. He built beautiful furniture from boards out of old barns, and loved to be out in the woods, cutting down and sawing out lumber on his little saw mill. He loved spending time on the coast of Maine with his family, going to yard sales/auctions and was an avid reader. He owned and operated a milk transport business in central Massachusetts and later owned and operated the Black River Lumber Company in Irasburg, Vt., before retiring and moving to Burke Hollow.

In addition to his beloved wife, Jane, he is survived by his two daughters, Carol Mason and husband K.C. of Lyndonville, Vt. and Tedi Shoemaker and husband Ned of Millis; a brother, Daniel Williams, and sister, Thelma Williams, both of Grafton; a granddaughter, Elizabeth; and several cousins, nieces and nephews and many longtime “engine show” friends.

Funeral services were held March 20 at the Guibord Funeral Home of Lyndonville, Vt. A spring committal service will take place in May with family.

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