Sidney J. Williams Jr., 70, railroad conductor, pilot

July 21, 2006

Sidney Joseph Williams Jr., a former railroad conductor who established a Middle River real estate company, died of Alzheimer's disease July 14 at his Joppatowne home. He was 70.

Mr. Williams was born in Baltimore and raised in Bowleys Quarters. While serving in the Air Force as a jet mechanic in the 1950s, he earned his General Educational Development diploma.

He went to work in 1957 for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a freight conductor and retired from successor company Penn-Central in the early 1970s.

In 1971, he established Sid Williams Inc., a real estate brokerage and rental property management business that remains owned and operated by his family.

"During the 1970s and 1980s, we were foster parents and cared for 30 babies. We had a crib at the office and took them right along with us," said his wife of 50 years, the former Gladys Hamer.

Mr. Williams, who held a private pilot's license, flew small airplanes and also liked operating radio-controlled model airplanes. He and his wife enjoyed spending weekends at the Morris Meadows campground in Freeland, Pa.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, 911 Mace Ave. in Essex, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are a son, Russell S. Williams of Joppatowne; two daughters, Donna A. Mullen of Delta, Pa., and Pamela J. Keller of Fairview, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

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