BERTEL WILLIAMS – A man who worked hard for his family
Life TributesSaturday, July 09, 2016
BY DONISHA WILLIAMS Observer staff reporter
Bertel Williams was eulogised as being a devoted father and a kind husband, a man who loved his family dearly, even to the point of giving away his last.
Williams was also described as a hard worker who, even on his sick bed, still wanted to work. He was a music lover, and with his love for music naturally came a love for dancing.
The 69-year-old passed away on June 5, 2016 and was interred at the Clark’s Town cemetery following a service of thanksgiving at the Clark’s Town New Testament Church of God on Saturday, July 2, in Trelawny.
Bertel Williams was born on January 25, 1947 to parents Alva and Maud Williams in Trelawny. In 1971, he relocated to Spanish Town, St Catherine, with his two brothers Sindair and Clement Williams.
While in Spanish Town, he worked as a painter and vendor, selling ‘sky juice’ across from the Spanish Town Hospital. He then met and fell in love with Miriam and her three children, Camille, George and Viviene. Bertel and Miriam got married in 1979 and the two welcomed a daughter together, Fiona.
In 1987, Bertel migrated to the United States where he worked as a custodian at the Prime Resources Corporation in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After retirement, he worked as a handyman until he was no longer able to do so.
Fiona, his daughter, in her tribute said that her father was a loving dad to all his children and a man who treated his grandchildren with extra love. Fiona said he was always willing to share, even if it was his last.
"I was Dad’s girl; he would always give me the right even when I was wrong. He will surely be missed."
In a tribute from the grandchildren, Williams was remembered as always smiling and laughing.
"He loved to have us around him and would always be giving us his change or coins when he went to buy his lotto numbers and iced tea at the store," the grandchildren said in their tribute.
Bertel died leaving widow Miriam, five children, seven grandchildren, six brothers, two sisters and a host of other relatives and friends.