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Chester J. Williams, Jr.

March 19, 1945 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Chester Williams, Jr. Obituary

Chester “Chet” J. Williams Jr., a pillar of the Chittenango, New York community, passed away tragically at the age of 78 in a single-vehicle accident. He leaves behind a legacy of service, passion, and dedication, survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen (Glasgow-Howe) Williams; devoted son, Kip (Steffani) Williams; step-son, Joe Howe; step-daughter, Tonya (Mike) Murdie, and step-grandson Lance Murdie.

Chet's impact on his community was profound and multifaceted. He served as a member of the board of trustees for the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum for a number of years and
was dedicated to preserving the village of Chittenango's contribution to the history of the Erie Canal. This was evident to all who served and knew him. As a past president of the Lions Club of
Chittenango, he exemplified the spirit of service and community involvement.

Known to many as the proprietor of the North Pole ice cream stand and Chet’s Place restaurant, Chet not only provided delicious diner food and summertime treats but also served as a mentor
to countless young people, offering them their first jobs and instilling in them a strong work ethic that would serve them well throughout their lives.

A  true racing enthusiast, Chet was both an owner and driver, participating in numerous regional and national SCCA events. His favorite track was Watkins Glen International racetrack. He
competed in ten SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Championship races across the country and even on TV. His talent and dedication were recognized when he was awarded the 1990 Glen Region
National Driver of the Year, commemorated with a memorial plaque near the Watkins Glen post office. Chet was deeply appreciative of his race crew members Marty Williams and Jay Whitley,
as well as his son, whose tireless efforts kept the race car ready for competition. In addition to his love of racing, Chet found joy in the great outdoors, often venturing into the wilderness for
hunting and fishing excursions with his friends and son.

From a young age, Chet demonstrated a love for animals, showing his quarter horse 'Rex' in local shows and tending to as many as six horses at once. His love of horses led him to enroll in
the farrier program at Cornell University where he became a skilled farrier and successfully served those in the horse community throughout the state for many years. Utilizing these skills
he often created intricate and durable items for both family and friends. Chet also had a true affection for Welsh Terriers and he had many of them over the years with his final canine
companion affectionately named "Dozer."

Chet's dedication to his country was evident in his service as a US Army Vietnam War veteran, where he specialized in a special diesel fuel injection system. Following his military service, he
worked for 26 years at Syracuse Supply Caterpillar Dealer, starting as a mechanic and rising through the ranks to sales and service. Eventually, he ventured out to start his own heavy
equipment broker business before concluding his career with the Town of Sullivan DPW, where he found joy in operating the Oshkosh plow truck on some of the region's higher elevations,
often regaling others with his tales from the job.

In his later years, Chet embarked on adventures with his wife Kathy, journeying west in their RV. Despite the occasional hair-raising moments behind the wheel, they happily returned home
safe and Kathy moderately sound after enduring Chet's “enthusiastic” driving. Chet was a graduate of Chittenango High School, Class of 1963, and furthered his education by
obtaining an AAS in Technical Drawing at Williamsport Area Community College, where he met and married his first wife, Marlene (Moyer) Brown, mother to his son Kip.

Chet's support for Clear Path for Veterans reflected his deep-seated philanthropic values. In accordance with his wishes, donations in his honor can be made to Clear Path for Veterans
htps://www.clearpath4vets.com or the Chittenango Volunteer Fire Department htps://chitenangofire.org.

A celebration of life with military honors and a light reception will be held at Clear Path for Veterans from 4:00 to 7:00pm on what would have been Chet’s 79th birthday, Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Services are provided by Traub Funeral Home, Inc.

Chet was preceded in death by his parents, Chester J. Williams and Louise Williams, but his memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He will be fondly remembered
as a devoted husband, father, stepfather, veteran, businessman, and friend. Chet's legacy of service, passion, and dedication will continue to inspire future generations in the Chittenango
community and beyond.

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