James (Jim) Williamson, of Salem, CT entered into God’s peaceful presence on March 1, in the home he shared with his wife of nearly 50 years, Patricia (Sampson) Williamson. Born January 22, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, retired Master Chief Williamson was a highly decorated and proud member of the Navy submarine service for over 20 years. His years of service included numerous deployments from bases up and down the Eastern seaboard. Honored to be selected to train others, he earned multiple commendations for his work and became Chief of Boat on the USS Sam Rayburn. He retired in 1986 having earned a position on the Admiral’s staff in New London. He went on to maintain some of Hartford’s skyline buildings and serve as a church trustee, elder, and teacher at The Congregational Church of Salem. His family was blessed to witness how he cared for others and to be inspired by his example. As a father and grandfather, he was quick to affirm his pride and love. Throughout his life was known for his deep consideration of the weight of his leadership positions and his desire to do right by those he was leading. His impact on his community and sacrificial military service will long be remembered. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; and loving children and grandchildren, who proudly remember his testimony and legacy. Services will be held at The Congregational Church of Salem on Monday, March 11 at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Congregational Church of Salem Benevolence Fund. Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy of Colchester.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11: 25, 26
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