Undated, unidentified clipping in a scrapbook at the Saranac Lake Veteran's Club.Born: May 27, 1917

Died: May 4, 1959

Married: Thresia Joyal

Children: Georgia Williams, Ursula Williams

Edward Williams was a World War II veteran.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Williams of Onchiota.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 4, 1959

Edward Williams Dies As Car Is Sideswiped

18-Year-O1d Youth, Driver Of Truck, Causes Fatal Accident

Edward Williams, chef at the AMA Academy, died in the Saranac Lake General Hospital shortly after his arrival there from injuries received in an accident at 10 p.m. Saturday on Route 3.

State police report that Williams was proceeding towards his home at Onchiota, driving north in his 1954 sedan when it collided with a 1950 stake truck owned by Jose Richer of Tupper Lake and operated by Roger St. Louis, 18, of Faust. (Richer said later that he had told St. Louis he could drive the truck only in and about Tupper Lake).

The collision occurred near the Swiss Chalet, about five miles north of Saranac Lake. Police said the Williams car bounced off the truck and continued about 200 feet off the highway, smashed through a fence and came to rest in an open field.

According to police the truck did not stop and left the scene of the crash. They said St. Louis continued on into Saranac Lake, sideswiped a car on Main Street and the truck finally stalled when it failed to make the Lake Street Hill.

St. Louis, police reported, left the truck on the hill and gave him self up to the Saranac Lake police at the station.

Williams was taken to the Saranac Lake General Hospital by ambulance. Police said there will be an autopsy and inquest.

St. Louis was held in the Saranac Lake jail overnight and then arraigned before Justice of the Peace Harland Branch of the Town of St. Armand on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He was later arraigned before Justice of the Peace Paul Dupree of the Town of North Elba on a charge of criminal negligence. He was then taken to the Elizabethtown Jail where he is being held for action by the Essex County Grand Jury.

Williams' body was removed to, the Fortune Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Vermontville Methodist Church, the Rev. William MacCready, pastor of the St. Regis Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Vermontville.

Williams was born on May 27, 1917, in Vermontville, the son of Leon and Adonna Weaver Williams. On Sept. 8, 1943, he married the former Thresia Joyal, who survives.

Other survivors include two children, Georgia, 13, and Ursula, 6, his parents and three brothers, Erwin of Rochester, Lloyd of N. Syracuse and Leon of Hemlock.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in an armored division overseas from 1942 to 1945.

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