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March 4, 1954 – March 2, 2014

Reginald Williamson, a noted football player and active church leader, died Sunday in Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital. He was 59.

A resident of Niagara Falls, he was a native of Buffalo and a graduate of South Park High School where he ran track and played football. After attending Canisius College, Mr. Williamson played with semi-professional football teams in Western New York and also tried out for the Los Angeles Raiders. His later sporting passions became bowling and golfing.

Together with his wife, Deborah, he traveled the country in bowling tournaments. He also was an avid golfer and took pride in a hole-in-one at Willowbrook Golf Course in Lockport.

Mr. Williamson was a lifetime member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo, where he had attended with his family since childhood. He sang with the church’s Male Chorus and served on the board of trustees.

Much of his time was spent caring for the sick.

Mr. Williamson was employed by the City of Buffalo in a variety of capacities, including as a bail investigator. In the political arena, he served as an assistant to former Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve Sr.

His most recent position was as a machine operator with AllSafe Technologies in Amherst.

He is survived by his wife, the former Deborah Ann Spencer; five sons, Dwon Williamson, Edmond Evans, Richard Clay, Justin Williamson and Rodrique Owens; a brother, Sylvester; and his father, George Brown;

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St.