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Susan Williamson

September 22, 1944 ~ April 20, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old


Susan Williamson’s spirit left this earth on April 20th after a more than a three-year increasingly difficult battle with a very debilitating Parkinson’s like disease (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy - PSP.) She is survived by her husband Bill; brother Chip of Laurel, Maryland; son Tad of Merrimack, Massachusetts; son Tobey of Rockland, Maine; and four grandchildren whom she adored.  We all miss her terribly.

Susie is a graduate of Pittsford High School in upstate New York and Cornell University where she majored in Home Economics.

Following graduation, she taught high school for a year in Webster New York and then married and joined her BFF Bill in Japan where he was serving in the U.S. Army.  While there they lived in the town of Chitose and Susie taught English as a second Language in Sapporo, soon to be the site of the ’72 Winter Olympics.

Susie could be very enjoyably persuasive when required.  Like her father who managed a nationwide sales force at Eastman Kodak, Susie got to know and positively influenced many people.  She designed the family home in Framingham, Massachusetts and her home making, design, and decorating here in Maine continues to bless her family.  

She worked as the secretary of Plymouth Church in Framingham and the chair of numerous Church committees.  She also helped out as a substitute teacher in the school system where her boys were enrolled, managing to keep from embarrassing them while she helped their friends learn to cook. We remember her telling one unruly child that he had better behave because “she knew his mother.”  Another time she casually mentioned to a General in the Army buying a pinball game in Japan, that it might not be the best purchase because his wife would probably object to all of the small balls and pieces.  Her husband Bill, was quickly making himself a stranger on that one.

The family took many trips together over the years that Susie carefully planned.  One of the favorites was a trip back to Japan with the boys to become reacquainted with many friends there. Tad had majored in Japanese while in college and served as a translator.  Another trip was to the British Isles where we visited many historic sites, learned about Williamson history, drove on the left side of the road and enjoyed Monty Python tapes.  Later some of the people that we saw in Japan made trips to visit us both in Massachusetts and in Maine, and we were able to return the favor of their kind hospitality.

We remain continually indebted and thankful to Carol Richards and the many ladies at Elder Power who so ably helped Susie with her declining health. We truly could not have managed without them.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the moment, but will be a private celebration of her life and the sharing of many good stories.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to: CurePSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.  Research is ongoing and will hopefully save other families in the future from this truly terrible disease.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543.  Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting:


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