David N. Williams, age 83, of Conneaut, Ohio, died Wednesday afternoon, June 4, 2014, at UH Conneaut Medical Center. Although suffering a stroke 16 years ago, he enjoyed good health until the last few days.
Born Nov. 3, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he was the son of Irwin H. and Allie M. (Hillyer) Williams. Dave attended Springfield (PA) schools and graduated from the former Rowe High School in 1949.
A Veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal, China Service Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation. He retired in 1992 from ESAB where he was a shift supervisor, and enjoyed attending the retiree’s breakfasts on Thursdays at Perkins Restaurant.
He was a member of the former East Conneaut United Methodist Church now New Leaf United Methodist Church.
Dave married the love of his life, Birdena Gilbraith, on Dec. 15, 1951, and together they enjoyed traveling, canoe and camping trips, attending family events, and Lake Erie Sunsets at Conneaut Township Park.
He also enjoyed all sports, especially the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Ohio State sports, and had coached C.L.Y.O. when his children were young. He thoroughly enjoyed riding with his brother, Don, in the golf cart while playing golf in the Seniors League. He was also a ham radio operator and enjoyed working with leather and wood. His favorite saying was “measure once, cut twice”.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Williams and Cheryl Williams, both of Conneaut; two sons, David (Nancy) Williams of Concord Township, Ohio, and Ronald (Joanne) Williams of Conneaut, Ohio; two sisters, Barbara (Richard) Burge of Mission, Texas, and Margaret Harold of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, I. Donald (Marjorie) Williams of Conneaut, Ohio, and Robert Williams of Newton, Mass.; three grandchildren, Erich Williams of Columbus, Ohio, and Ian and Alex Williams, both of Conneaut, Ohio; and a number of nieces, nephews and more distant relatives.