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John Larry Williams, Sr.
South Burlington - John Larry Williams Sr. died at home surrounded by his family on Friday, June 22, 2018.
Larry was born to John and Freda Williams on March 13, 1935, in the Vermont hill town of East Corinth. He grew up in a wonderful and loving family and enjoyed his youth in and on the hills, streams and roads around East Corinth.
He left home to attend the University of Vermont. It was at UVM that he met his wife Berta Pi-Sunyer. They married soon after graduating in 1958 and eventually settled in Shelburne to raise a family. Their life there was both busy and fulfilling, spent raising their four children, working hard, enjoying many friends, and volunteering for numerous causes and organizations. Larry was one of the notorious "Chicken Kings" of the Shelburne Methodist Church July 4th Chicken Barbeque and a longtime member of the Charlotte-Shelburne-Hinesburg Rotary and the Burlington Country Club. He also served on various Town of Shelburne boards as well as the Bolton Valley Ski Patrol. In his earlier years, Larry was an avid skier, hunter, boater and fisherman who passed on those passions to his children. In 1976, Larry started Copytek Office Products, which, with help from Berta, evolved into a thriving family business. In 1992, he lost Berta to ovarian cancer.
In 2005, Larry married Linda Latta. He and Linda enjoyed many wonderful years together. They spent time with family, enjoyed the Florida sun, traveled and appreciated their life of leisure, all while Larry continued to tackle his myriad projects in Vermont and elsewhere. On May 11, Larry was diagnosed with brain cancer. Unfortunately, recovery was one of the few projects he was unable to conquer.
Larry leaves behind Linda and his four children: Francie Caccavo and her husband, David; Larry Williams and his wife, Leslie; Tim Williams and his wife, Lisa; and Carolyn Hazen and her husband, Robert; as well as Linda's children: Jill Spell and her husband, Adam, and Beth Shaw. He leaves his siblings Judy Barton and Sarah Polli, and many nieces and nephews. He leaves a slew of loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Olivia Caccavo and her partner, Jake Crist, and their children, Wilder and Greylie; David Caccavo and his wife, Natanyah Ganz; Tyler Davis-Jeffers and his wife, Christine, and their children, Charlotte, Norah and Blakeslee; Fay Davis-Jeffers and Zach and Sadie Williams; Owen and Neva Williams; Nate and Will Hazen; Alden and Muriel Spell; and Gower and Madison Shaw.
The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have supported them through the last several weeks: the UVM Medical Center — especially the rehab team at Fanny Allen — and the VNA hospice staff for the care he received during his short illness.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 on Thursday, June 28, at the Shelburne United Methodist Church. A reception celebrating his life will follow at the Burlington Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Berta Pi-Sunyer Williams Endowed Professorship at UVM or to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care.