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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Thomas Williams

1940 - 2021

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Tom Williams, of Crosslake, MN passed away suddenly one day before his 81st birthday. He died peacefully at home. Born in St. Paul, Tom attended Cretin High School and graduated from the College of St. Thomas and Hamlin University. He was married to his love, Mary Kay (Kate) Laughlin for 58 years and together they raised two children in Minneapolis. He owned and ran an advertising agency for 35 years and retired in Crosslake. Tom's joy was his family and he loved to read and listen to music. He had many travel adventures and relished planning the trips he took with Kate and friends. Tom also had a “wee” bit of the Irish in him and most especially loved all things Ireland. He was 45 years sober and was instrumental in establishing Alcoholics Anonymous support groups in Minneapolis and Crosslake. He made himself available to all who sought him out for support or just to listen.

Never one to meet a stranger, everyone who knew him will miss his quick Irish wit, his funny stories, his kind, gentle manner and most of all his extraordinary thoughtfulness.

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Kay (Kate); his children, Kevin and Mollie (Dan); and three very beloved grandchildren, Logan, Rachel and Ryan. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Bernadette (Kane) Williams, and his brother, Gary.

Memorials can be sent in Tom's name to Camp Knutson, a camp for individuals with disabilities and identified medical issues at 11148 Manhattan Point Boulevard, Crosslake, MN 56442.

A private family service will be held on Friday, March 12. Internment will be in Swanburg Cemetery, Pine River. A celebration of life for all who loved Tom will be held at the family home in Crosslake on June 12.

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Daniel H. Disney

March 27, 2021 1:51 PM
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Tom Williams. You have been such a wonderful friend and I shall miss your laughter and especially your kindness and love for me and my mother (Meredith A. Disney) and my brother (Charles Elias Disney.) You and Mary Kay and Kevin and Mollie will always hold a very special place in my heart. This Irish green votive candle will shine brightly for you and for everyone who loves you! I will request Holy Masses for your Soul and for your beloved family...

Charles Elias Disney

March 25, 2021 11:34 PM

My dear longtime friend Tom Williams!  You and your beloved Mary Kay will be in my prayers and good thoughts forever. Thank you for your kindness and loyalty to our Disney Family.

You and your beloved children Kevin and Mollie (Dan) and your beloved granchildren Logan Thomas, Rachel and Ryan, always brought so much joy into your life!

May you "Requiescat in Pace" today and forever. I thank you for your love and kindness to me and my mother Meredith and my brother Daniel

Much love always...!

Mary G Koshatka

March 16, 2021 5:47 PM

Our very deepest sympathies to all the family. Love & prayers from Ken & Mary Grayce Koshatka
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Greg Skwira

March 15, 2021 9:55 AM

Tom was a teller and a collector of stories, based on his love on language and literature and people. Not only was he good at telling his own tales, but he was a good listener as well.

When you met Tom, or spoke with him after you knew him, he was interested in what you had to say. He made you feel your story was important. That explains much of his success in working with and befriending people with addictions. He made them feel their stories were worth telling – and, when it was necessary, worth redirecting along more productive paths. He helped many people shape new and happier stories.

He was a good man whose kindness made a difference and touched many lives.

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