June 7, 1935 – June 17, 2008
Resident of Moraga Tony F. Williams died Tuesday, June 17, 2008 after a brief illness. He was born in Moultrie Georgia, he served 4 years in the United States Air Force. Mr. Williams worked at Amtrak retiring after 49 years. He also worked at Alameda Naval Air Station. Retiring after 33 years of service. He was an active member of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. Mr. Williams leaves to mourn his wife Lemette, daughters Pamela Williams, Eliah Bell, Son Marc Williams, and stp daughter Monica Coleman. 7 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters. In addition, he leaves behind Elector Williams and an extended family of aunts, uncles, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, lodge brothers, sisters and friends who will miss him dearly.
— published in the Bay Area News Group publication on 6/29/2008
I have been told that Tony Williams passed away on June 17th. He was a supervisor in bldg 530. I met Tony in 1978 in Norfolk, Va. while I was working in the Sidewinder missile shop. He was part of a workload transition team from Alameda. Sometime after that, a decision was made not to move the Sidewinder shop from Norfolk to Alameda. I spent the next two years trying to get a job in Alameda. Finally in August of 1980, I got the job and Tony was my supervisor. I was assigned to the Sparrow assembly area. Tony could be tough sometimes to work for. One day he called me to his desk and really got to me. So I went back to my work area and was cussing him out to my co-worker. Then from behind a locker, I heard Tony say “The shadow knows”. We both laughed. Tony lived in Moraga, drove a Mercedes, wore nice suits, and smoked cigars. He would stand there sometimes with his cigar and say “I’m just a poor strugl’in minority”, so he could watch the expressions on peoples faces. After I got in the apprentice program, I worked for Tony again for three months. He treated me with respect and gave me praise on my evaluation. The last time I saw Tony was at the Amtrak station in Oakland where he worked part time. We didn’t always get along, but I liked Tony and I am really sad to hear he is gone.
— provided by Alvin