A. “Hawk” Williams
He was born March 11, 1951, in Jamestown, the son of Marshall I. and Lois Ackroyd Williams.
A 1970 graduate of Maple Grove High School, he had also attended Jamestown Community College. Immediately upon graduating from high school, he was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball organization, with whom he played for several minor league teams, most notably with the Charleston, S.C. team at the Triple A level.
Hawk had been employed as a bartender at Ira Lou Spring Post 149 American Legion for over 30 years and had earlier worked as a bartender at the Fountain Bowl and Gordy's in Greenhurst.
He held a Club Associates membership, and for many years coached the Maple Grove High School baseball team.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and son, he was very family oriented. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, and his animals, and was a die-hard fan of the New York Yankees. He will be remembered for having given nicknames to all of his family members and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Gayle L. Olson Williams, whom he married July 7, 1979, at the Greenhurst lakefront home of her parents; a daughter, Carrie D. (David) Garrett; a son, Brent A. Williams; two grandchildren: Avery Michael and Aleck Steven Garrett, all of Greenhust; his mother of Sunnyside; two sisters: Deborah (Steve) Darling of Jamestown and Lisa (Tony DeJoseph) Williams of Greenhurst; a brother, Bruce Williams of Raymore, Mo.; and nieces and nephews: Ryan McIntyre, Mike and Tara Darling, Blake Williams, and Jennalyn, Arianne, and Emalee Krulish.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1979; and by a sister, Wanda Williams in 1990.
A private service will be at the convenience of the family. Visitation will not be observed. Messages to the family may be sent by visiting the website www.presentsixbeyfuneral.com.
Flowers are gratefully declined. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Maple Grove High School Baseball Team, c/o Maple Grove Boosters at the M&T Bank, Bemus Point, N.Y. 14712.