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James P. Williams passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 10, 2017 at the age of 83.
Jim was born May 22, 1934 in Malone, N.Y. to Paul J. and Mildred (Rivers) Williams. He was raised in Au Sable Forks, N.Y. where he attended and graduated from Au Sable Forks High School in 1952. Jim was proud to be the first four-time Letterman to graduate from his school.
After high school Jim entered the service spending four years as a SeaBee in the U.S. Navy. Jim was stationed both in The Philippines and Alaska.
In 1960, Jim was accepted into the New York State Police. While in Police School in Troy, N.Y. Jim met a beautiful model named Judy Smith. From the moment he saw her he knew, "she was the one for him", six months after graduation they were married.
Jim was stationed at the Troop B Headquarters in Raybrook, N.Y. but worked out of the little red station in Wilmington, N.Y. As a "senior-man" Jim ran this station for sixteen years. Everyone knew Trooper Williams, some for good reasons, some for bad. Jim was a straight-arrow taking his job very seriously, knowing that being a State Trooper "meant something". Jim was known to be honest and fair, you knew that you got what you deserved when you dealt with Trooper Williams. Before retiring, Jim was on duty during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. He spent the end of his career teaching the Defensive Driving Course at the New York State Police Academy in Albany, N.Y.
Jim's love for the Adirondacks was immense. He chose to raise his family in the same, small town he grew up in. He was an avid outdoors man. He loved to hunt and fish. Jim's knowledge of the woods, waterways and the wildlife in them was immeasurable. He could be stubborn and set in his ways, yet touched so many lives with his quiet acts of kindness and generosity. Jim was proud of who he was, where he came from and the life he lived. Jim was a good man.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Judith G. (Smith) Williams; his son, Paul J. Williams; his daughter, J. Rebecca Douglas and her husband Craig; his grandchildren, Racheal A. and Hannah E. Williams and Ross J., Mason R. and Eli C. Douglas.
There will be no services held at this time.
Published on November 14, 2017
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