Jerry Williams

Born: Sat., Sep. 24, 1949
Died: Fri., Apr. 26, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., May 11, 2019
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., May 11, 2019
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

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Douglas- Jerry Williams, 69, of Eagle Dr., passed away on Fri. April 26, at UMass Memorial Hospital after an illness. He is survived by his wife and loving companion of 22 years, Ramona (Lachapelle) Williams.

            He is also survived by 2 children, Demetrius Fuller and his wife Alexa of Medford, and Raevin Williams of Philadelphia, PA; Ramona’s 4 children that he loved and cared for as his own, Peter Lachapelle and his wife Tammy of Nashua, NH, Kristina Brand and her husband John of Worcester, James Lachapelle currently working in Kuwait, and Richard Lachapelle Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Uxbridge; 6 grandchildren, Miles Fuller, his pride and joy he affectionately called “his sons son”, Kailyn, Lauren, Claire, Zachary, and Daniel; as well as several nieces and nephews including his very close nieces and nephews, Tamicka Nelson, Frederick Nelson, James “Woochie” Reese, and Vanessa Williams; many good friends including, Ray Brown, Bruce Scurry, and Elizabeth Karpowich. He was predeceased by 4 siblings, Willy “James” Williams, Joseph Williams Jr., Charles Williams, and Elizabeth Nelson.

Born in Bay City Michigan on Sept. 24, 1949 he was the son of Joseph and Annie Mae (Florence) Williams and grew up in Shaker Heights, Cleveland, OH. Jerry moved to Massachusetts after receiving a full scholarship to Boston University College where he studied drawing and Art History, and furthered his education earning a Masters degree in teaching at Cambridge College. He worked as an Art Professor at Quinsigamond Community College, where he adored his students and colleagues.

He was an avid chess player and was head of the QCC Chess club, and also started a small chess club at the Douglas Public Library. Jerry had a larger than life personality and no matter where he was he spoke to everyone and enjoyed making people smile. He made beautiful artwork, loved to sing, write poetry, and absolutely adored children. He was a longtime member and enthusiast of the local area AA program.

            Jerry’s Celebration of Life will be held from Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas on Sat. May 11 at 12 noon. Calling hours will be held prior from 10- noon. His graveside service will follow in St. Denis Cemetery. To leave a condolence message for his family please visit:

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Ann Marie Incutto
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss talking movies with Jerry in our office.
Ann Marie Incutto

Dennis N. Ricci
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
I am profoundly saddened to hear of Jerry's death. I always thought we would sing a soulful ballad together in the teacher's lounge at Quinsig one day.

Joan Perry
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
To Jerry's family,
With my deepest sympathy, I will miss seeing and talking to Jerry at QCC, he was a wonderful person.

Joan Perry/QCC

Carol Murphy
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
Ramona and family,
So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing, please know you are all in my prayers. This is a great loss for the students here at QCC as he certainly was a "larger than life" human being and truly so full of joy!
Carol Murphy

Stephanie Teixeira
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
I am deeply sorry to all of you for your loss. I knew Jerry from QCC, first as a student and then as a colleague. He was so full of life, and supportive of his students and their goals in both the classroom and life. The halls and lunch room at QCC will be a little less colorful missing our friend, please know how much he was appreciated as part of this community.
With a heavy heart,

   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
To Jerry's family and beloved friends. I have known Jerry for about 25 years and have been blessed by his caring nature and being one of his "sisters from another mister". I will truly miss his wit on Saturday mornings.......I offer you love, light and serenity in this most difficult time.

Sharon Marini
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. I frequently saw Jerry in passing and playing chess in the cafeteria with the students. He always had a smile on his face! He was wonderful to all our students at QCC.

Victor Somma
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
I am sure the Good Lord greeted you with a big bag of pork rinds. We at the Southbridge Campus will miss your offerings of the rinds to the staff and your students before your class began. What fun and joy you gave to us all. Thanks. Knowing you, you have already organized an Art Class and a great Chess Club in Heaven. Those folks are in for a thrill. Teach them well good friend.

Jan Phillipo
   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
My deepest condolences and sympathies to the family Of Jerry W. He will be sorely missed at "noon time." I will miss his sense of humor and his wonderful message of his gratitude as I'm sure we all will. Fly high with the Angels now my friend.

Jan Phillipo

   Posted Mon April 29, 2019
My deepest condolences to Jerry's family, colleagues, students and friends. I will miss him greatly as well as his words of hope and faith in leading a good life.

   Posted Tue April 30, 2019

Danielle Morrow
   Posted Tue April 30, 2019
Ramona, I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you can find solace in the many happy memories that the two of you shared.

James White
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jerry Williams. He was a dedicated professor and mentor to anyone who crossed his path. He will be missed.
R I.P. Jerry...... James White

Andy letoile
   Posted Fri May 03, 2019
Thank you for your friendship. Always looked foreword to seeing you Sunday mornings and talking anything from chess to oldies and everything in between. You helped many people and am sure you are being rewarded for your unselfishness in the life you lived. May God bless your queen and family at this Time. Andy, HAPPY WANDERERS

Nina Lynn Gonzalez
   Posted Thu May 09, 2019
To the family of Mr. Williams,
When I heard the news about Jerry, I couldn't believe it. I still can't. Jerry was a beautiful personality who brought happiness to his students. There was not a day at Quinsigamond where I passed by him and he didn't cause me and my fiance Chris Tran to laugh. I took two art courses from him, and when I transferred from the school, I really missed him - he was one of the few favorite professors that I have. He appreciated the art that each of his students created and always made sure that we all felt like we belonged. I will cherish the moments where he took the time to draw me, and the day I used him as a model for my photography shots. I am going to frame the artwork that he did of me for memories, and if you decide to contact me, I would be more than willing to send you the photographs I have of Jerry playing chess. Although Jerry is gone, I know that his legend will still live on at Quinsigamond. I want each and every family member to know that Jerry was loved, and that he is now with the good Lord in heaven. I am sure he is making the angels laugh now. I love you Jerry. Enjoy your stay at the kingdom of heaven, and may you continue to spread joy to the hearts of all of us that knew you when we think of you.

Dennis Charrette
   Posted Fri May 10, 2019
My deepest condolences to Jerry's Wife and family. I met Jerry in our "Amazing Fellowship"
His friendship/understanding was/is in my heart in soul for ever.
God Bless You, Rest In Peace "My Friend,Jerry"

   Posted Fri May 10, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss! I had Jerry as a professor and I can honestly say that he made that class unforgettable. He was so full of life and I enjoyed listening to his endless stories! He will be missed!

Ray Diggs
   Posted Sat May 11, 2019
Ramona. We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was our cousin and we love both of you so deeply.

The Diggs, Masters, and Williams Families

Nathan Resika
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
I am so sorry to hear this! Jerry was a sweet guy who I played a lot of chess with back in the early nineties In Harvard square and at tournaments. Im sorry I didnt keep in touch with him.. I hadnt seen him in years and ran into him ata tournament in 2012. I am a professional singer and he and I sang some Sam cooke songe with each other around then, I cant believe I never knew he was an artist. I wish he had told me because he could have met my father,, the fampus Cape Cod artist Paul Resika. Please accept my sincerest condolences. The man wore his heart on his sleeve and will be missed!! best always and feel free to contact me, Nathan Resika

Ellie Howard
   Posted Fri January 17, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family.

Jerry has been such an incredible influence on my life and transition to adulthood. I had the honor to be a student in one of his classes. Jerry believed in me in a way no one had before. The lessons he imparted, not just about art, are lessons I continue to employ and rely on every day.

He was a wonderful instructor. His willingness to be open about his own past and his own struggles made is sincerity even more poiniant.

Jerry wrote my recommendation to BU, his alma mater. I will never forget how proud he was of me when I told him I had gotten in. As recommendation letters are sealed, I don't know what he wrote but as I grow near to graduation I continue to be grateful and blessed to have had the honor of knowing him.

You are missed, you made a difference, you changed my life. God bless you.

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