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FEB. 24, 1953 -- MARCH 21, 2005

Former Buffalo resident Richard A. Williams died of cancer after a three-month decline March 21, 2005, in Visalia, Calif., where he had been living in recent years. He was 52.

Known as "Uncle Ritchie," he was born in Buffalo and spent his early years moving between Western New York and the West Coast. He graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Westminster, Calif.

He spent most of his 20s in Buffalo but then relocated to Visalia in his late 20s for good.

Mr. Williams worked as a planner for Northrop Aircraft in Orange County for four years, leaving due to an injury from a motorcycle accident.

After that, he worked as a self-employed carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, the former Eleanor Freedom; a daughter, Rhonda Turner of Visalia; a son, Donovan Hardy of Spokane, Wash.; three sisters, Kathleen Ryan of the Town of Tonawanda, Nancy Stillwell of Fresno, Calif., and Dorothy of Buffalo; two brothers, Russell of Ransomville and Robert of West Falls; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Refreshing Springs Tabernacle Church, 34 Elam Place. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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