WHITINSVILLE ... Joseph A. "Andy" Williamson, 65, died Friday, April 29, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jane M. (Lubas) Williamson; two daughters, Katie Williamson, of Northbridge, and Lorraine Williamson, of Worcester; his mother, Norma (Nancy) Williamson, of Oxford; three brothers, Sven Williamson, III, and his wife, Paulette, of Oxford, Arthur Williamson, and his wife, Vanessa, of Worcester, and Anders Williamson, Sr., and his wife, Paige, of Holden; three grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; his extended family, Tom and Pat Patnode, Joe Lubas, David and Cookie Blodgett, and Rusty Provencial, who was like a brother to him.
Andy was born in Worcester, October 22, 1950, a son of the late Sven Williamson, II. He grew up in Worcester and graduated from Burncoat High School and also from Worcester Vocational High School. He had lived here for 40 years.
He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era.
Andy was an inspector at Wyman Gordon for many years, prior to retiring in 2010. Previously, he worked at the former United States Steel Company in Worcester.
He was a member of Saint Peter's Church in Northbridge, and American Legion Post #343, where he was Post Commander. He was a Mason, coached girls' softball in Northbridge, and belonged to the United Steelworkers. He enjoyed traveling, going out to eat for Saturday night dinners, and Sunday afternoon gatherings with Jane's family. He also enjoyed his weekly breakfast dates with cousin Earl and his friend, Wally.He especially enjoyed spending time with William and Layla ,,, he loved being their PA!
Andy's family would like to thank his nurse, Anita, and Dr. Switzer, for the great care he received at UMass. Especially his doctors ... Dr. Fan, and Dr. Clive who took care of Andy for more than 20 years, and who Andy thought the world of. We also want to thank his visiting nurses, Ellie, and Quesha, from Salmon VNA for their wonderful care. Lastly, we thank Andy's buddies, Earl, Rusty, Phil and Wally, who were always there for him. Whether it was chatting over a cup of coffee and talking over old times, or taking him out for a ride ... he enjoyed that more than you will ever know, and for that, we will be eternally grateful. He loved you guys!
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Andy's Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM, Wednesday, May 4, in Saint Peter's Church, followed by burial in Saint Patrick's Cemetery. Calling Hours will be 4-7 PM, Tuesday, May 3, in the Carr Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, c/o UMass Memorial Foundation, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545.