Jason M. Williams
Jason M. Williams, 40, of Jamestown, died unexpectedly Sunday evening, June 9, 2019, of a massive heart attack.
He was born Dec. 27, 1978, in Jamestown, the son of Carl and Diane Marcello Williams.
He was a 1997 graduate of Jamestown High School, attended Jamestown Community College, where he performed in multiple Uncommoners productions, earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University at Fredonia in 2001, his master’s degree from the State University at Albany and was pursuing his administrative degree at St. Bonaventure.
He had been employed by KISS FM, Southwestern Middle School and George Washington Middle School as a seventh and eighth grade English teacher for 14 years.
Jason had been involved with Awareness Theater, and marching band/concert band/acapella throughout high school. He was the former president of the local Multiple Sclerosis Board, served on the Infinity Board, member of the racial justice committee at Zion Covenant, member of the JCC Alumni Board and wrote/performed in many of its mysteries and was the founder/actor/writer of the Lights of Broadway. He performed a great deal of charity work for Toys for Tots, Multiple Sclerosis and more. He was also one of the founders of Scribblings (a student led creative writing magazine at SUNY Fredonia) and also at Fredonia, created a weekly comic strip called Bonzo. He was member of First Covenant Church, Jamestown.
Jason is survived by his parents, Diane and Carl Williams of Jamestown, N.Y.; his wife of almost 16 years (together for 22 years), Holly (Lantz) Williams and their two beautiful sons who made him prouder than words: Andrew ”Drew” Williams and Nathan Williams, both at home; his sister, Stephanie (Tylor) Cardone and nephew, Ronan Cardone of Jamestown, N.Y.; his nana, Josephine Marcello and aunt, Joan Marcello, who is also his godmother of Jamestown, N.Y.; his in-laws: Susan and David Lantz of Busti; sister-in- law, Dr. Heather (Mark) Beierle and nieces: Lauren and Kristin Beierle, all of Binghamton, N.Y.; sister- in-law, Allison (Caitlyn) Lewis of Binghamton, N.Y.; “adopted” nephew and niece: Jack and Molly Tuccio of Fredonia, N.Y. Molly is also his goddaughter; his godfather, Donn Smeragliuolo; many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandfathers: Albert Williams and “Pop” Frank Marcello; his grandmother, Margaret Williams; and his great-grandfather, Carl Johnson.
Family will receive friends starting at 9 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at First Covenant Church. A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m., at First Covenant Church, 520 Spring St.. Jamestown, N.Y. The Rev. Adam Rohler pastor will officiate. After the service there will be a lunch reception, where there will be an open microphone for family and friends to share there stories about Jason.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for Toys for Tots, Multiple Sclerosis Research, or Celeron Rescue
The Migliore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.