James G. Williams, a retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center following a long illness. The Lancaster resident was 76.
Born in Lackawanna, Mr. Williams graduated from East High School in 1954.
He served in the Navy from 1955 to 1962, both on active duty and in the reserves.
From 1964 until he retired in 1999, Mr. Williams worked for the Postal Service as a security police officer/supervisor, a mail handler and a letter carrier.
Mr. Williams was a lifetime volunteer firefighter with U-Crest Fire District for 42 years. He was director from 1973 to 1974, assistant chief from 1977 to 1982, chief from 1983 to 1984 and commissioner for 20 years.
He also was a member of Erie County Fire District Officers Association.
In 1994, he received a Special Achievement Award from the Postal Service as well as 30-year and 35-year awards for excellent public service with the Postal Service.
He also received several awards, plaques and pins from the fire district, his family said.
Surviving are his wife, the former Roberta "Bobbie" Blick; two daughters, Sandra J. Haberer and Kelly L.; two stepdaughters, Barbara K. Courtney and Mindy A. Rodgers; a stepson, Terrance M. Ray; and three sisters, Joan Leslie, Rosemarie Ayers and Elizabeth Walsh.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. today at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.