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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 01:24 pm

‘A friend for life’

SCOTT CHARLES WILLIAMS June 16, 1955 – Nov. 5, 2016

Scott Williams’ fingerprints are all over homes in Springfield. He helped family and friends. He finished basements, moved drains, changed garbage disposals, built smokers, added ductwork and unclogged toilets. He also contributed to these homes his gift of cooking, from strudel to brisket, chili to horseshoes, and even chicken and turkey, though he would not eat anything that flew.

His fingerprints are also on massive central Illinois infrastructures, with the tools of his trade contributing to the construction of the Clinton nuclear plant and Dallman 3. His work with Henson Robinson included planning and execution of new infrastructure for the Statehouse, and he made sure that kids on the north end of Springfield had baseball fields that were spotless.

Scott died too soon in early November. It was supposed to take three hours for the family to greet friends joining them to mourn at Butler. It took five hours. Scott’s family also wanted friends to stop by their home after cemetery services. Friends began to show up around noon. Friends were still there at 9 p.m. We spent the day telling Scott stories, gathered around a family room he built for such occasions decorated with Cardinals and Budweiser memorabilia. We toasted with his decades-long tradition of tipping a Jameson because that is what Scott would have wanted.

When you made friends with Scott, you were a friend for life. We met in 1959. We grew up together, married sisters, had stair-step kids and stair-step grandkids. That lifetime of friendships showed at his services where I don’t ever remember so many people ranging in age from infancy to their 80s with tears in their eyes.

Scott shared everything, including his family and his friends. But perhaps his biggest share of all was the sharing of his heart with the places and people he loved. In my last conversation with Scott, he spoke of his happiness for all the Cubs fans we knew who were on the verge of that elusive World Series title. Rest well my friend. This Bud’s for you.

–Les Vann, close friend and brother-in-law


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