Harold Patrick Williams, 72, passed away peacefully on June 18th, with his loved ones with him. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Clara, of 49 years; his two daughters, Lu Williams Russo (Michael) and Nenetta Williams (Robert). He was extremely proud of his four grandchildren, Andrew, 27, Autumn, 16, Ryan, 14 and Sydney 12. And Buck, the family dog. He also leaves behind his brother, Timothy Williams of Charlottesville, VA and cousin Bonnie Packer of Wenonah, New Jersey.
Harold, was born at a very young age in West Palm Beach on October 5, 1947 to Evelyn Marie Stickler. As a young child, his family moved to Scranton, PA, where Harold called his beloved hometown. After graduating high school from Central High School in 1965, Harold worked as a Junior Draftsman for the largest Architectural firm in the city; it was here that he began to get a nibble of what Architecture could be. Then Uncle Sam called, so he enlisted in May 1966 into the US Navy and found himself a Seabee, Construction Battalion 128. Harold did spend a tour in Quang Tri, South Viet Nam in 1969 for one year where they built roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, warehouses, bunkers and saw combat on the front.
After returning to the states, he moved to sunny Phoenix, Arizona where he wanted to continue his passion for architecture. He met a wonderful girl, Clara, in 1970 and married her in 1971. Together they had a beautiful family and Harold ran his own architectural firm in Scottsdale, Arizona up until his death.
He had a love and passion for Post War Lionel model trains as well as airplanes of all types. If he could be flying, he would, and fly with friends when possible. He had been working to get his Sports Pilots License. Harold was a fierce American patriot and proudly hung the Stars and Stripes as well a proud veteran. He loved to read and listen to music.
To this day, he considers his "Greatest Accomplishment" his family. Being with family was his motivation to battle Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma four times as well as chemo-induced heart failure. In Sept 2019, he was implanted with an LVAD for his heart and that gave him 9 more precious months of life with family. He fought for his health valiantly and with grace. Harold was a devout man of faith and never wavered even in the face of his mortality. He will be greatly missed and cherished.
A private memorial and burial with full military honors has been arranged.
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