Gerald C. Williams, 69, of Minersville, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, surrounded by his loving children.
Born in Shenandoah on August 7, 1951, he was the son of the late Theodore “Ted” Williams and Rita Banewicz Williams. Gerald was of strong Roman Catholic faith and a member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville.
Growing up he developed a love for sports, especially watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams. Gerald was a 1969 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School where he was a 3-sport star athlete for all 4 years. In football, sportswriters gave him the nickname “The Ghost” because of his speed and elusiveness. In basketball, he at one time held the single game scoring record of 43 points and received All State Honorable Mention status his senior year. In track and field, he competed in the 200-yard dash, long jump and 180 low hurdles, where his record time still remains. His accolades earned him induction in 2012 into the Shenandoah Valley School District Athletic Hall of Fame.
Gerry continued his education at East Stroudsburg State College where he played football and majored in Health and Physical Education. Prior to retiring, he was last employed by Tredegar Film Products, Pottsville, as a supervisor. He previously worked at Alcon Research LTD, Sinking Springs.
Gerry was a third-degree knight within the Knights of Columbus organization. He was a CYO basketball coach for many years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Rita Williams Holman, Barnesville, and Mary Lou Williams Buchinsky, Shenandoah. He leaves behind, son Gerald Williams Jr. of Minersville, daughter Amy Williams Murphy, wife of Kyle Murphy of Harrisburg, grandchildren Lincoln and Farrah Murphy. He is also survived by two brothers, Theodore Williams, husband of Patricia, New Jersey, and John Williams, husband of Beth, Pottsville. Gerry will be sadly missed by his many nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be conducted on Wednesday, February 3rd at the Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah from 7:30 to 9:30am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am in Divine Mercy Parish, 218 W. Cherry St, Shenandoah and will be officiated by Msgr. Ronald Bocian. Burial will take place at a later date at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the: Rita R. Holman Breast Cancer Foundation.
Due to Covid-19, all social distancing and mask guidelines will be followed.
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