Clifton Almo "Al" Williams, 64, of Williamstown, a self-employed electrician and Vietnam War veteran, died Monday at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mr. Williams, who was one of five children, was born in Littleton, N.C. He moved to Philadelphia and graduated from West Philadelphia High School.
He enlisted in the Air Force and served as an electrician in various parts of the world, including Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam.
Following his discharge with the rank of sergeant, Mr. Williams worked for Bell Telephone, first in California and then in Philadelphia. He also served on the usher board of West Philadelphia's White Rock Baptist Church.
Mr. Williams moved to Williamstown in 1997 and opened his own electrical business, which catered to homeowners and companies.
He and his wife, Carol Green, were together for 25 years. She and Mr. Williams, whom she described as her soulmate, had no children. But they treated their "magnificently" trained dogs, Sir Winston and Miss Morgan, as their offspring, Green said.
Mr. Williams also loved gardening and fishing.
"He had great respect for all living creatures - humans, animals and even plants," said Mr. Williams' sister, Velma Williams Goode, the wife of former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
"He was the one in the family who made sure we always got together for holidays because family was important to him."
Along with his wife and sister, he is survived by another sister, Mavis Williams Smith, and a brother, Randolph. His sister Norma Williams Weaver died in 1992.
A viewing will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Norton Funeral Home, 1232 S. Black Horse Pike in Williamstown, followed at 11 a.m. by funeral services. Burial will be at 12:15 p.m. at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 240 S. Tuckahoe Road, Monroe Township.