New Iberia - Private services will be held at a later date for Gerald Martin Williams, 82, who passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2023, in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Mr. Williams was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on July 20, 1941, to the late Francis Thomas Williams and Phyllis McHenry Williams Carr.
From a young age, Gerald displayed an unwavering determination and a passion for building and construction. He honed his skills over the years and eventually became an accomplished general contractor. Through his expertise and craftsmanship, he brought dreams to life for numerous homeowners and left a lasting impact within the field.
Aside from his successful career, Gerald had a taste for adventure. He found solace in the tranquility of the open waters and took great pleasure in boating. His love for exploration extended beyond the seas as he also embraced the thrill of flying airplanes. Not content with conventional flying experiences, Gerald bought experimental planes to tinker with and delve into their inner workings.
More than anything else though, Gerald cherished spending time with his great-grandchildren. Their presence brought immense joy to his life, and he relished every moment spent creating memories with them.
Gerald spent part of his childhood in northeast Pennsylvania before moving to Sussex County, New Jersey in 1962. It was there that he met the mother of his children, Carol. Together they raised two wonderful daughters who will forever carry their father's spirit within them.
Mr. Williams is survived by two daughters, Debora Ricks (Manny), and Carol Ann Angle (Jeff); grandchildren, Warren Ricks (Richelle), Andrew Ricks (Allisson), Allyson Ricks (Travis), Alyssa Cohen, and Brendan Cohen; great-grandchildren, Aidan, Bryson, Lillian, Camron, Avery and Khai Ricks; siblings, Sallianne Tanis (Jake), and Phillip Williams; sister-in-law, Devon Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Alex Ricks; former wife, Carol Ann Oehler Williams; brothers, Thomas Williams and Donald (Ruth Ann) Williams; and his longtime companion, Cookie.
In addition to his love for his family, Gerald's legacy also includes the countless homes and structures he built throughout his career. Each brick he laid and every project he undertook showcased not only his talent but also his unwavering dedication to his craft. May he rest in peace.