Abram N. Williams Was Nurse, Avid Fisherman

Abram Nesbitt Williams, 70, died peacefully on Saturday, June 7, after a successful evening of fishing.

Born in the mountains of Pennsylvania on August 16, 1932, Abe found his way to the beaches of the Vineyard 20 years ago. Originally a farmer, he later became a registered nurse at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, working in various psychiatric facilities in that area as staff, supervisor, educator and administrator.

He received his BSN from Wilkes College and studied for his MSN at the University of Minnesota. He was always eager to learn, always willing to teach and share his many skills and broad knowledge with others.

In later years, he returned to working the land and with his hands as a self-employed tree farmer and contractor. He built and restored several houses, including his own log home in Berks County, Pa., and his cottage in Oak Bluffs.

He loved his family, friends and fishing -- he was a familiar sight on the beaches with J.R., Jo, Doug, Dennis, Dan and Greg, his children; with his grandchildren, and with Maryann, his life partner of 35 years. His was a life well spent; he enjoyed it, and his energy and positive attitude spread to all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held this fall. Donations in his name may be made to the Awards Committee, Martha's Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby, c/o Ed Jerome, P.O. Box 2232, Edgartown, MA 02539, or to the Martha's Vineyard Sportscaster's Association, c/o Walter Sison, RR1 Box 217A, Edgartown, MA 02539.