Longtime Wyoming County Commissioner Dies
Ron Williams always wanted to help others.
First elected as a Wyoming County commissioner in 1987, he became a champion of his community.
During his time as northeast regional director of agriculture, he provided support to local farmers.
As a father, he devoted his time and love to both biological and adopted children and advocated for countless other children who needed homes.
Williams died Saturday morning after an illness, at the age of 68.
“He stood up for everyone, definitely people who were less fortunate,” fellow Commissioner Tom Henry said. “Ron was always there.”
The Lake Winola Democrat served as commissioner from 1987 to 2003, up until he received an appointment to the state agriculture job. Voters elected him to the board of commissioners again in 2011, and he most recently won re-election in 2015.
Henry, a Republican, was first on the ballot with Williams in 2011.
“He was extremely helpful. I was a first-time politician. He was a diehard already,” Henry said. “It was a good combination.”
Williams, who once worked as a police officer, attended Lackawanna College for criminal justice and business administration and also served in the Army Reserve. As county liaison for 911 and emergency management, he worked to keep residents safe.
He was the former chairman of the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, was a member of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network, a former vice chairman of Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association and a member of the Wyoming County Special Needs Committee. Williams was also a life member of the Lake Winola Fire Company.
“He was a wonderful husband, wonderful father and a dedicated public servant,” said Wyoming County Chief Clerk Bill Gaylord, who had worked with Williams since his first run as commissioner. “I’ve served eight boards of commissioners. He’s ranked up there right at the top. There’s no question.”
People loved being around Williams, Gaylord said.
“He would go out of his way to try to do anything he could for the people of Wyoming County,” Gaylord said.
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