John F. ‘Jeff’ Williams dies in Arizona

John F. Williams, “Jeff” to all who knew him, peacefully passed away on Friday morning, Jan. 23, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

John F. "Jeff" Willams

John F. “Jeff” Willams

Born on April 13, 1930 in Oak Park, Ill., Jeff grew up in Manhasset, Long Island.

While serving in the Navy, Jeff was introduced to Joanne Vitale by her brother Harold. Jeff and Joanne instantly fell in love and were married in Salt Lake City on Aug. 20, 1955. Their honeymoon was a cross-country road trip to Long Island where Jeff finished his degree at Adelphi University.

Upon graduation, he began a successful and distinguished career as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he quickly made Partner with the firm. Jeff was instrumental in growing the firm’s consulting practice, first in Los Angeles, and later in New York City as Partner in charge of its Eastern region. By this time his family had grown to seven children, and Greenwich was home.

Jeff and Joanne retired to Scottsdale, where they built a beautiful home in Desert Mountain to enjoy their passion for golf in the sun of the desert southwest. In 2005, Jeff and Joanne celebrated their Golden 50th Anniversary surrounded by family and friends. Jeff lost the love of his life and best friend when Joanne suddenly passed away in 2008.

He is survived by his loving children (Dirk, Bob, Janet, David, Gary, Keith and Jeffrey), 14 grandchildren, his siblings Margaret, Karen and David, and his friend and brother-in-law, Harold.

“We are so saddened by our loss of Jeff, but comforted in knowing that Dad and Mom are together again,” the family wrote.

Services will be held at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the 1st Tee Foundation to celebrate Jeff’s love of golf are graciously appreciated.

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