|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 2004|
Rhode Island, USA
Roger, as he preferred to be called, was the only child of Charles Roger Williams, Sr. and Helen Starr Randall Williams. They resided on 21 Mt. Hope Avenue, Providence, RI. He went to Hope High School and Nichols College. During those years he was a hockey team manager, on the track and tennis teams, was captain of the Dinghy Racing Team and assistant captain of the fencing team.
Roger was also active in the Boy Scouts of America and attained Eagle Scout. He was an assistant scout master too.
He graduated college with a master's of business administration degree and later was one of the first people from Rhode Island to join the US Army at the start of WW11. He attended Officer Candidate's School in Miami, Florida, attaining the rank of first lieutenant and served in the European Theater and also with the Eight Air Force in Great Britain. He was discharged from the Air Force in October 1945.
He married Martha (Young) Williams in 1942, just before he left for the war. They adopted their first child, Susan Jeanne, in 1950. Their 2nd baby girl, Deborah, was "still born". In 1954 Douglas Randall and in 1956 Charles Roger, 3rd were born. Roger worked as a salesman for Moore Business Forms in Burlington, Vt. During that time he was an active member of Optimist's International, a civic organization in Vermont and also an amatuer photographer. In 1951 he and his family moved to Barrington and joined Douglas Young, Inc. as a paper box salesman. Roger also invented and patented a hinged box, for the company. He retired in 1985. He was the leading salesman of that company for many years.
Besides his family, yachting was his first love. He was a member of the Barrington Yacht Club since 1947, the Boardwalk Caper Yacht Club in Ft. Myers Beach, FLorida, since 1990, the Anawan Club in Rehoboth since 1985 and the Adelpphoi Lodge F & A M since 1979. Roger was also a constable (auxiliary) with the Barrington Police Force starting in the 1960's as a part of his civic contributions.
He was married for 61 years when he passed on and left 3 children and 5 grandchildren (Nick, Max, Connor, Chad & Ethan). Roger was a very sentimental man, very patriotic (He was 10th generation, direct descendent of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island) and loved his cigars, was never without one! He also had a collection of hats and wore one from dawn to dusk. One of his other loves were Fireworks!
He died of congestive heart failure and was buried with Military Honors. A memorial service was held at the Church of the Redeemer, Hope St., Providence. He grew up attending that church not only as a parishoner but his boy scout meetings were held there as well.
The last thing he said to me was a simple phrase he often said when saying good-bye to anyone he knew well, while giving a thumb's up and a big smile:
Charles Roger Williams (1883 - 1955)
Helen Starr Randall Williams (1891 - 1985)
Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Sue Williams
Record added: Mar 18, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8526404