Christopher "Chris" Joseph Williams
January 19, 1960 - September 07, 2021
Obituary For Christopher "Chris" Joseph Williams
CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH WILLIAMS, age 61 of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on September 7, 2021, after a prolonged illness. Chris was born on January 19, 1960, in San Diego, CA. He was the son of Robert and Grace Williams. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Dytko Williams of Raleigh, NC; his son, Kevin Robert Williams of West Palm Beach, FL; and his beloved dog, Beretta. Chris was one of seven children-four brothers, Robert, Walt, Michael and Thomas and two sisters, Jo Ann and Susan. Chris grew up in Montville, Connecticut where he met his beloved wife Kate.
Chris graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1991 earning a degree of Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology. He loved his career in the aviation industry which was extensive and very rewarding. Over the span of his career, he worked for Lockheed Martin at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Chris proudly worked as an SCO (Space Craft Operator) on the NASA Shuttle program from 1991 until 1993. He then moved to Raleigh in 1994 and joined the team of specialists at GE Aircraft Engine division. His career at GE spanned 27 years building thousands of turbine engines as an Assembly & Test Technician.
Chris was an avid sports fan supporting his New England Patriots, Carolina Hurricanes and auto racing from NASCAR, IMSA and Formula One. He will be remembered as a passionate legendary Classic Rock fan and HUGE fan of Joe Bonamassa.
A Celebration of Life event will take place at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Road, in Raleigh, NC on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:00PM. After the Celebration, we will gather at one of Chris’s favorite pubs to toast his memory. This will take place at 5:00PM at the Leesville Tap Room, 13200 Strickland Rd, Raleigh, NC.
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Sorry I am late with this. Chris was a joy to know and work with. Always had a smile and ready to give a helping hand. He will be missed
Dearest Kate & Family, My goodness, we are extremely saddened to hear about Chris! I grew up with him in the Manor, we were good buddies and I'll never ever forget him! Our Hearts are broken, and I know your Hearts are broken too, but know this... Tears are Prayers too, they travel to God when we cant speak. He is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit! "Grief" is the last act of Love we have for those weve loved. Never forget... Where there is deep Grief, there was great Love! So I say to you all, Keep looking up, for He will always be looking down! May you Rest In Peace my life-long friend!
Thoughts and Prayers to the the Williams family. It was my pleasure to know and work with Chris "Mudge" Williams for 25+ years. When I heard of his passing, I played a tribute marathon of Bonomassa and was thankful for having known him. My favorite memory of Chris is of him falling asleep under a jet engine (and having to be "kicked" awake), the morning after an especially hard Patriots loss...Rest in peace Brother...You will be missed but not forgotten. Lewis Wainwright
To my wonderful sister in law and to Kevin, a great nephew: My memories of Chris are filled with that of good humor, a fellow that always had a life-giving, uplifting character and personality to him.
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