Leroy S. Williams

Born: Fri., Aug. 7, 1931
Died: Sun., Dec. 20, 2020


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 27, 2020
Location: All Faith Memorial Chapel

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Dec. 27, 2020
Location: All Faith Memorial Chapel

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Leroy S. Williams, 89, of West Hartford, passed away due to COVID on Sunday, December 20, 2020.   Leroy was a loving husband, father and grandfather . He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen Ligon Williams and four children. Leroy was predeceased by his eldest son (Jerry Williams) by five days, also from COVID.   

Leroy was born in Claysburg, Pennsylvania, son of the late Borkin and Mary Williams.  He graduated from high school in Marion, South Carolina.  He met and married his college sweetheart at Benedict College where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Benedict College in Columbia, SC.  He served in the US Army from June 1957 to June 1959.  His Masters Degree in Urban Education was granted from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.  

Leroy was an excellent provider and had many exciting careers including real estate, lab chemist at Pratt & Whitney, and employee at Stanadyne.   He taught in the Hartford Public School system; Barnard Brown, Quirk Middle School and Hartford High School for over thirty years.  He had a deep love for teaching, learning, and sharing knowledge.  

In the mid-2000s Leroy and Helen moved to SC for a few years.  Leroy cultivated many vegetables including a huge, sweet potato that was state fair worthy.  His love of gardening followed him everywhere he went.  He enjoyed planting sunflowers and gardening at Brookdale Chatfield in West Hartford where they lived. 

He was an avid walker and participated in races to raise money for sickle cell anemia. He was 87 years old when he participated in his final Thanksgiving Manchester Road Race.  One of his favorite pastimes was socializing with his best friend, “Scoop” at the dog track.  Leroy wanted to be remembered as “a very intelligent man, who loved flowers and he loved people and he could raise hell if he wanted to. No one could walk on me. I was fair and straight and treated everyone good.”

He leaves to cherish loving memories his devoted wife, Helen Ligon Williams; two daughters, Sheryl Williams and Gwendolyn Williams Satchell (Morris); two sons, Gregory Williams and Leroy “Roy” Williams II (Amy); four grandchildren, Raymond Williams, Rahsaan Williams, Darrius White and Jullian White; one brother, John Williams (Earlene); one sister-in-law, Dorothy Ligon Smith, Cincinnati, Ohio; a loving group of nieces, nephews, and cousins in Connecticut, South Carolina, Ohio, Georgia, and New York who will miss him dearly.  He also leaves behind a diverse group of buddies, friends, and acquaintances.  He is predeceased by his parents, son and siblings, Malachi,  Borkin Jr., James, George, Elouise, and Ernest.  

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Denise Talbot
   Posted Thu December 24, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, father, brother and son. I remember Leroy as a gentle man who always provided me with either a laugh or a word puzzle. He will leave a hole in the heart of everyone who had the honor of knowing him.

May the Lord, Jesus Christ, hold Leroy in the palm of his hand.

(Denise - Former Director of Resident Services, Brookdale Chatfield, W. Hartford)

Julie Ramia
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
My dearest lady Helen and all of the Williams family~ my heart is breaking at the news of Leroy's passing. the most devoted husband I have ever seen, nothing would stop him from ensuring Helen's comfort. We would have the greatest discussions on politics, education, gardening, and most profoundly, his life experiences as a black man. He taught me to look at so many things with an open mind.
Of course, we were not with out our great competitions! Who would solve the word scramble first? Sometimes I would pride myself on being able to solve a word he was stuck on, because after all, he was the King of scrambles!
I pray that God's love will comfort you, and that happy memories sustain you through these exceptionally difficult days.
With much love~ Julie

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