July 9, 1936 – Jan. 23, 2013
William J. Williamson Jr., of Buffalo, a retired bank executive dedicated to community service, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 76.
Mr. Williamson was vice president and manager of credit and loan administration when he retired after a 23-year career with Marine Midland Bank. He returned from retirement to serve as senior vice president for Manufacturers Hanover from 1980 to 1986.
He combined his passion for community service with a love for children and commitment to help the less-fortunate.
He served in various offices for Cradle Beach Camp since 1975, including four terms as president and chairman of the board. In recognition of his service, he was honored as a Legend of Cradle Beach Camp.
He also was active for 35 years with the Children’s Guild Foundation. A longtime member of its board of directors, he also served as chairman.
Mr. Williamson was treasurer and director of Church Mission of Help for 12 years.
He had been a member of the Investment Committee of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo since 2000.
He was a fundraiser for Catholic Charities and the United Way, a member of the Western New York Planned Giving Consortium and a trustee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Foundation.
He served as commodore of the Buffalo Canoe Club in 2000-01. A longtime member of the Saturn Club, he served as dean in 2005.
He also was a past president of Robert Morris Associates, an association of bank lending officers. Born in Niagara Falls, he was a 1954 graduate of Bishop Duffy High School and a student Rotarian.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958 from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was president of St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi) and a member of the Sphinx Society. He also studied at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
His former wife, Nanette Swift, died in 1972.
Surviving are his wife of 33 years, the former Evelyn Brennan Ewart; a son, John T.; a daughter, Julia N.; and a stepdaughter, Lynn Ewart-Paine.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets.