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Hugh J. Williams CLEARWATER, Fla. — On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Hugh John Williams, loving husband and stepfather, passed away just prior to his 84th birthday, in Clearwater, Florida. Hugh, son of Harry and Ula Williams, was born on June 15, 1935, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. His family moved to Mason, New Hampshire, and later, to West Townsend, Massachusetts. Hugh graduated from Townsend High School and later, attended Barrington College in Barrington, Rhode Island. He worked as a carpenter with his father and later, as a corrugated container designer at Bates Corrugated Box Corp. (West Townsend) and Mills Industry (Laconia, New Hampshire). He was active in the First Baptist Church of West Townsend and helped form the boys brigade program, as well as maintaining the facility. Hugh’s work in photography was featured in local papers and his work as a designer won him a national award in 1990. In 1970, he married Elizabeth "Betty" (nee Eastman) Eaton and became part of the family with her four sons, Donald, Dennis, David and Daniel. Hugh and Betty were married for almost 50 years. Williams lived a life of inquiry and exploration. He loved music - from classical and opera to Broadway and folk. He had many phrases and sayings that he often repeated (“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice!” and “You can go teach pink elephants to smoke condensed milk.” for some examples). If asked how he was doing, he would usually respond “Oh, I’m just as ugly as ever.” He demonstrated an acute marriage of engineering and artistry in his home restorations and the many masterpieces of wood-turning that melded into a hobby in his later years. Hugh is survived by his wife, Betty, his four stepsons and their 17 children and 15 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at 3 p.m. at United Church of Acworth, New Hampshire.

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