Chester Williams Jr. of Buffalo, a retired foundry worker and school custodian, died Friday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 78.
Born in Gordon, Ga., he attended high school there and came to Buffalo in 1950. He was a foundry worker for J.H. Williams Co. and worked as a custodian in Buffalo Schools 11 and 47.
Active as a volunteer in retirement, he received several service awards from Meals on Wheels and the St. Augustine Senior Companion Program.
Mr. Williams was a member of Greater Refuge Temple. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, checkers and baseball.
He and his wife, the former Lillie Mae Phelps, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Michael of Buffalo; three daughters, Shirley Davis, Lillie R. Walton and Ernestine Parmer, all of Buffalo; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at noon Wednesday in Greater Refuge Temple, 943 Jefferson Ave., after a wake at 11. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.