Randolph Williams, age 81, died peacefully at his home with his family at his side Saturday, April 27, 2019. He leaves his wife of fifty years, Martha A. (Austin) Williams, son Randolph Thomas Williams III, granddaughter Sierra Williams, grandson Stephaun Nelson, and sister Adell Bertha. Randolph had a daughter who predeceased him, Janice Nelson Williams.
Randolph was born May 31, 1937 in Miami, FL to the late Randolph Williams and Caroline (Roach) Williams. He was among the first black attendees of Boston Latin School. He later went to Boston University, Tufts University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) studying accounting and music. While at UIUC, Randolph was mentored by William Warfield and he leveraged those teachings to sing professionally for decades.
Upon graduation, Randolph taught at UIUC and North Carolina A&T State University and worked at Peter Brigham and Arthur Andersen. He then pursued his entrepreneurial dreams in a variety of businesses.
He was a social justice activist and participated in numerous causes across the country. The youngest of 10 children, Randolph was strongly committed to his family and family history throughout his life.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that those interested donate to Randolph son’s fundraising bike ride to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at http://profile.pmc.org/RW0163.
The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School St., Webster, MA has been entrusted with his arrangements. Memorial services will be held on Saturday May 4, 11am at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist of Fitchburg. There will be a later service in South Florida in May. A guest book is available at www.shaw-majercik.com where you may post a condolence or light a candle.