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May 22, 1934 - November 10, 2017

JAMES P WILLIAMS 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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18 posts

Heather Belmont
Jul 04, 2018
So sorry to hear about your loss. You and Jim meant so much to my mom, Faith.
Best regards,
Patricia Hunt
Nov 24, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. So many memories. Thoughts and prayers for you Judy, Paul, Rebecca and families.
Vern Gonyea
Nov 16, 2017
Jimmy was in my life in many ways. Guardian angel, friend, customer and most of all an inspiration. He was a rare breed, especially in today’s world. I feel happy to have had Jimmy in my life. Jimmy was the real person, the fair person, that I strive to be and hope I meet in other people. My condolences to his family and congratulations to a man for a life well lived.
Michelle Wesley
Nov 15, 2017
A beautiful story for a wonderful man. My sincerest condolences to Judy, Rebecca, Paul and family. Thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time.
John Dobridge
Nov 15, 2017
Jim was among the first friends I met moving to The Forks......he was always ready to help with a project....I am so glad to have had him as a friend....anyone who has ever shaken Jim"s powerful hand knows that you did not want him as an enemy.....Bless you Jim
Cheryl Bujold Carter
Nov 15, 2017
Awe, I am so sorry. What a good guy Jim was. Judy, hugs my beautiful friend. I know 56 years is a long time and moving on will be tough but so are you and you have a terrific family and a great group of friends to lean on..do that. Paul and Rebecca, I know when I lost my Dad I was lost for a while, and my heart goes out to you. I leaned on Craig mostly so lean on each other it will get you through. So will the memories of the life you have had. So will the people whose lives Jim touched. Don't be afraid to listen to every good story someone has to tell of the old days when Trooper Williams pulled them over. Jim lives on through all of those things the memories, the stories, and most of all t...hrough you. God Bless your entire family and help you through this difficult time.Read more
The Cole Family
Nov 15, 2017
Judy, Rebecca, Paul and families, our deepest sympathy to all of you. The obituary is beautiful it made me smile and cry. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joan and Orville Brown
Nov 15, 2017
So very sorry.
Jim loved to chat and always had time to talk to everyone. He will be missed by family and friends.
Christina Cooper Harse
Nov 14, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the Williams family. My dad, Neil Cooper, thought highly of Jimmy. Jimmy will be missed and remembered by many. Blessings to you all. Christina Cooper Harse
Kathleen Dorety
Nov 14, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss... although I was a young girl, I remember a wonderful friendship between my dad Neil Cooper and Jimmy... may they be raising a cold one together! Strength and Gods blessings to all...

Kathleen Cooper Dorety
Peggy Boggs
Nov 14, 2017
Judy I am so sorry to hear about Jims passing! The love the two of you shared gives me hope that true love still exists. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!😢🙏💕 He will be missed!!!
Phyllis Wisher
Nov 14, 2017
Deepest sympathy, Judy & family. Jimmy, Ray Mapes & Brownie always stopped into my parent's diner, "Jack's Diner" for coffee. Such a pleasure to know all of them, they did the uniform proud!
Beth Hanley
Nov 14, 2017
Thoughts and prayers with you during this difficult time Judy, Paul; Rebecca and families.. God Bless
Monica lanzoni
Nov 14, 2017
Was saddened to hear of your loss. So many memories. Missed seeing him this AM as I went to the Post Office for my mail. God bless you all.
Drew & Melissa Plumadore
Nov 14, 2017
Prayers and positive thoughts for Judy, Paul, Rebecca and family.
Ed McCallister
Nov 14, 2017
Mrs. Williams, Paul and Rebecca......all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time! I wish there was something that I could say that would make this easier, but unfortunately I don't have the words. I will say that the world was a better place because Mr. Williams was in it!

God Bless you all,
Ed & Lori McCallister
Darlene LaMountain
Nov 14, 2017
What a beautiful obituary for the nicest person. He told me the story of how he met the beautiful model and he just love her so much! His stories at the bank were so much fun to listen to. He sure will be missed. May precious memories comfort you all at this time.
Robert Cronin
Nov 14, 2017