George T. Williams, a former circulation manager of the Johnstown Leader-Republican in the late 1930s, died Monday, August 28, at Legacy Hospice Center in Ocala, Fla. He was 96 years of age.
Born on June 7, 1917, in Johnstown, N.Y., he was the son and only child of the late Raymond and Nina (Taylor) Williams.
Following the Leader-Republican, he subsequently worked as a route salesman for Crowell-Collier and then Dell Publishing before moving to New York City to work at the Dell Publishing headquarters. After similar work with New American Library, he became Managing Editor of the Playboy Book Club and then Manager of Operations for Structures Publishing in Bloomfield, Mich.
Following retirement in 1981, he moved to North Lauderdale, Fla., and thence to Ocala, Fla. A move to Dunnellon, Fla., was made in 1992.
He was a long-time member of St. Patrick's Lodge No. 4, F&AM, in Johnstown.
He is survived by: his wife, Adele (Gramze); a son, Glenn of Penacook, N.H.; a niece, Stacie Pagura of Southwest Ranches, Fla.; two granddaughters, sixteen stepgrandchildren, three great-grandsons, and eleven stepgrandchildren.
He was predeceased by: his daughter, Lynn Pagura; as well as his first wife of 50 years, R. Elizabeth (Frohn); and his second wife, Dorothy (Baylis).
There will be no visiting hours. A committal service will be at the family plot in the Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda, on Saturday, September 7, at 1 p.m. Jackson & Betz Funeral Home in Fultonville is in charge of local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.