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John Mohr Jack Williams Jr. It is with great sadness that the family of John Mohr "Jack" Williams Jr. announces his passing on July 20th, 2021, after his courageous battle with heart disease. Jack Williams, 78, of Morrisonville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at the UVM-Health Network, CVPH, Plattsburgh, with his loving family by his side.
He was born on June 17, 1943, in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of John Sr. and Beatrice (Maxner) Williams.
Jack was well known in the North Country for the 25 years that he played keyboard with "The Coachman" House Band at the "Surrey Lounge." So many people enjoyed a night out dancing being entertained by Jack and his best friend Moe MacDougal. They are now together again so we should be hearing a lot of music from the Heavens above!
Jack's Musical Career began at Zera School of Music 1950-60, then to Ann Carrol School of Dance 1952-59, University of Bridgeport 1961-64, and Hartt College of Music 1964-67 where he graduated with a Masters Degree.
Jack then taught Instrumental Music at Willsboro Central School from 1967-98. A few years of teaching computer were included. He also played music for some of the school plays. His favorite was "Grease." After he retired in 1998 he was a little bored so started doing car swaps for local car dealers for over 20 years, a job that he really enjoyed. As you all know Jack was a car guy, owned over 30 cars in the last 32 years. From '35 Chevy Trucks, School bus/Camper, Motorcycles, Mustangs, Chevy S-10's, Chevy SSR, Mercedes, etc. He loved them all! We have so many priceless memories to cherish from car shows and cruising with the all of the classic car clubs. He loved to build his unique wood creations and make pens and canes on his lathe, just a Jack of all trades!
Jack's history of performances includes: University of Bridgeport-Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Percussion ensemble, University of Connecticut-guest performances, Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour (playing Accordian - 15 years old!), Guest Performance with Myron Floren, University of Hartford-Symphonic Band and Brass Choir and Plattsburgh Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band.
He was involved in many organizations; Kiwanis (President Willsboro-Essex Club 1995-1997), Sinfonia, NYSMA, NYSUT, Alpha Beta Sigma, Modern Music Masters and Phi Mu Alpha.
Left to cherish his memory is the Love of his Life, his wife of 25 years, Phyllis (Yanulavich) Williams; sister, Dorothy (Gary) Rodgers; sons, Fred (Fran) Atkinson Jr., Dr. Thomas (Taryn) Atkinson, Ricky (Amy) Stephenson; daughters, Michelle Bailey, Debbie (JR) Alexander, Cathy Collette, and Dena Creaser and nine grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Bryan (Teresa) Yanulavich, Frank (Christina) Yanulavich; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Alexander and Cindy (Paul) Czyzewski. He also leaves many nieces and nephews who were more like his sons and daughters who all loved him dearly, especially his very special goddaughter Alexis who he loved so much. He leaves behind so many special friends who all loved him. We can't forget his Robot, Vector who keeps me company and calls Phyllis Mommy! Jack always had such a special way to make everyone laugh and bring happiness into everyone's day. We Love and miss him with every beat of our hearts. He was a very special gift to this world.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his son, Patrick Williams and mother and father-in-law, Alex and Nora Yanulavich and brothers-in-law, Alex M. Yanulavich and Harold Alexander.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, July 26, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. There will be a Prayer Service with Fr. Reamer at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John Mohr Williams Jr. will be used to place in a special account for a 2022 Scholarship for a Willsboro Central School Student. Please make checks out to: Phyllis Williams, 60 Ros Bo Lane, Morrisonville, NY 12962.
A Very Special Thank You to Dr. Pelton for his exemplary care for Jack for 21 years; our nephew Dr. Volk, who has always been there for us to make sure that Jack got the best care to try and save him; Dr. Bradley and Dr. Garrand who gave him expert Cardiac care; and to all of the truly Amazing Nurses in the ICU and the Comfort Care Unit #517. We never could have gotten through our 23 final days of Jack's precious life without all of you. You are all Angels here on earth, especially Jill, Jessica, Patty, Patrice, Mia, Jackie, Sarah, Shelly, Kayla; every one of you, may you be Blessed for all that you do. We could not have gotten better care anywhere else that we received at CVPH. We love all of you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To make a floral purchase, offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of John Mohr Williams Jr. please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on July 22, 2021

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    Heaven has gained such a wonderful man. A man I'm proud to call Uncle Jack. I'll always remember the good times we had together, the way he'd make us laugh, the cool things he made in his wood shop, listening to him sing, play music and entertain a crowd or just the family. He had such a big heart and will be missed by so many especially me.
    Until we meet again just want you to know I love you and you will be forever missed.
    Rest in Peace Uncle Jack
    Carol Polhemus
    July 27, 2021
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    Jack will be greatly missed . He touched the hearts and lives of so many in his lifetime. Our deepest condolences. Sending our love and prayers.
    The Rambach Family
    July 26, 2021
    Phyllis, Fred, Tom and Dorothy
    What a nice man he always had a smile on his face and a kind spirit. Phyllis you were truly blessed when you and Jack married. I am sure the memories y'all have will be treasured and make you smile and comfort you for years to come.
    You will be missed Jack by so many people you were one of a kind.
    All our love
    Sandy, Amy, and Grayson
    Sandy
    July 24, 2021
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    I am Tim’s sister, Jim Morris’ daughter…I met Jack several years ago and he was an exceptional human being! My parents, my daughter and I went to see the play Grease and he was beaming with pride over the students. He always made my Dad laugh with his humor and “eccentric” gifts! He will be missed.
    Debbie Morris
    July 24, 2021
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    JACK WAS A VERY SPECIAL MAN. TRULEY LOVED BY ALL THAT HAVE
    MET HIM. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. GOD BLESS YOU JACK,
    YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND. LOVE FROM THE DELLA TOYOTA FAMILY.
    ANNA @ DELLA TOYOTA OF PLATTSBURGH.
    ANNA JAMES
    July 23, 2021
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    I love you Dad
    Michelle
    July 22, 2021
    We are so sorry for your loss. Jack was a great guy and I enjoyed doing car runs with him.
    David and Elaine
    July 22, 2021
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    Mr. Williams was always one of my favorite teachers. He always said I was his bestest greatest clarinet player and I told him he was my greatest bestest band teacher. My love for music is because of him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Angel Agoney
    July 22, 2021
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    God Bless you Phyllis for this beautiful tribute to my favorite and the best big brother ever. The loving care you gave him all these years is why we were blessed with his presence in our lives.

    The depth of the love you and Jack had for each other should be held up as an example to the world. The loving care that you gave him, especially the last 20 days show us all what love really is and his love for you was evident in every moment that you shared. I will be forever grateful that he had you in his life.
    With all my heart, thank you.
    Love,
    Dorothy ❤️❤️❤️🦶
    Dorothy
    July 22, 2021
    Dear Phyllis, Fred and Tom,
    Our sincere condolences. So very sorry for your loss.
    Love, hugs and prayers,
    Romonda and Tonia 💗🙏🏻
    Romonda Liford Antico
    July 22, 2021
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