Family and friends will gather on July 15 to remember Gerald “Jerry” Williams, whose life included 54 years of “hacking”. Here is the memory they share with their community:
Gerald “Jerry” Lawrence Williams died June 26, 2022 of pneumonia in Manson, WA while on a family vacation with his beloved wife Susan by his side.
Gerald was born March 25, 1938 in Yakima to John and Alice Williams and grew up in Lake City with his brother Wayne and sister Sharon. Jerry served in the United States Navy for two years stationed in San Diego. He served on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet which deployed to Asia and received an honorable discharge. Perhaps that’s when Jerry learned his love of travel and seeing new places.
Jerry has worked in the food distribution industry for his entire career, starting with his own company, “Jerry’s Frozen Foods”. He took pride in satisfying his customers and he developed lasting friendships with his customers and peers. Jerry worked at Keener Foods for many years as well as at Sysco. Jerry was a passionate Teamster and a shop steward at some of the companies where he worked. One of Jerry’s later business ventures was his “Express Catering” food truck. Jerry has mentored many people in the business, including his son Jim.
Jerry enjoyed camping, whether in a tent, trailer or motorhome. Jerry’s family has many wonderful memories of camping trips throughout the Pacific Northwest growing up. Boating on the Puget Sound was another favorite activity for Jerry and Sue.
Jerry had a huge smile that lit up every place he went. He had a great sense of humor, lots of jokes, and a quick wit that was always ready. Although his body was hampered by Parkinson’s disease in his later years, his spirit remained active and his humor impish until his dying day.
Jerry enjoyed being a Seattle Seafair pirate from 1968 to the end of his life well lived. He enjoyed dressing up in costumes and jewelry and storming Alki for landing and participating in community parades alongside his best friend Pat Patterson. He served as Captain Kidd 1980-81 and Davy Jones, among other posts during his 54 years of piracy. His dearest role for the Seafair Pirates was as chaplain for many years, where he was able to offer support, promote goodwill and offer prayers for his brothers and their families.
Jerry married the love of his life Susan in 1982 on the schooner Sylvia in Lake Washington with their 5 children, first grandchild and other family present. Jerry and Sue were handcuffed together to ensure she was not kidnapped by the Seafair Pirates who attended the reception. The memorable honeymoon included four of the children in an RV on a two-week trip to Washington state. Jerry and Susan loved each other so much they remarried in the Cayman Islands in a pirate wedding ceremony filmed by the Travel Channel.
Both Jerry and Susan love to travel and have been able to take cruises to Alaska and the tropics, trips to Norway as well as annual trips to Mexico. Jerry also made annual trips to the Cayman Islands with Seafair Pirates for Pirates Week.
Jerry has been asked to perform many wedding blessings and ceremonies, including those of his daughters Lori to Mike and Shelly to Chas and his granddaughter Carrie to Mike.
Jerry and Susan were loyal members of the Westside Presbyterian Church. He participated in two missions in Romania and one in New Orleans after Hurricane Rita.
His heart for the homeless was legendary. He organized and delivered supplies and offered prayers at encampments with friends. He has been involved with the CitiTeam Men’s Shelter by organizing groups to help cook and serve.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents, brother Wayne and daughter Debbie. Jerry is survived by his wife Susan, his children Lori (Mike) Lesieur, Shelly (Chas) Arch, Jeff (Susan) Bowe and Jim (Lisa) Bowe. Grandchildren, Carrie, Josh, Russell, Taylor, Mikey, Hanna, William, Trilby and Alexus, Jaren, Liam and Weston. Great-grandchildren Lilya, Sofia, Christian and Colt.
A memorial service will be held at Westside Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022. Jerry will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington at a later date.
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