Gordon Glydar Williams, age 78, passed away at his home in South Plainfield on May 28, 2017. He was born on June 26, 1938 to Glydar Williams and Alice Hughes in Nanticoke PA.
Gordon grew up in East Orange where he attended school and graduated in 1956. He was sworn into the United States Navy on December 2, 1958. After training, he was later assigned to the US Bugara SS-331. He was transferred in 1961 to the USS Tiru SS-416 which was stationed in Pearl Harbor, where he was a member of their Special Ops unit. Gordon was honorably discharged in 1962.
Upon his return home, Gordon worked as a Sales Executive in the Plastic Blow Moldings industry for 35 years. He was a member and past President of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
Gordon was a member of the South Plainfield American Legion. He was also an active member of the New Jersey Hogan’s Alley Chapter of the United States Submarines Veterans – USSVI and was inducted into the prestigious Holland Club.
Gordon was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His greatest joys were spending time with his family and pets, traveling, model trains, and golf. He will most be remembered for his larger than life personality and smile, his strength in the face of adversity and never ending optimism.
Surviving are the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Joan; daughters, Kimberly Malina and her husband David of Frenchtown, Kristine Migliazza and her husband Vito of Tinton Falls, and Lauren Giordano and her husband Anthony of Flemington. He was the proud “Pop Pop” to his nine grandchildren, Zachary, Matthew, Tyler, Grace, Logan, Abigail, Emma, Anthony and Julia. He also leaves behind his beloved dog and companion, Bailey.
He was predeceased by his sister Susan Williams Allen.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 31,2017 from 4-8pm in the McCriskin - Gustafson Home For Funerals 2425 Plainfield Ave. South Plainfield, NJ 07080.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 9:15am in the funeral home followed by a 10am funeral mass at Sacred Heart RC Church, South Plainfield.
Entombment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park Mausoleum, Union.
Donations have been requested to Make -A-Wish NJ www.nj.wish.org or to America's Vet Dogs www.vetdogs.org