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Gordon Oliver Williams

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM on October 26th at the Hatfield Congregational Church, with an open reception to follow at the Belden Farm. There are no calling hours

 

 

       Hatfield- Gordon Oliver Williams, known to all as “Flash”, died peacefully at home on October 12th surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old. Born on October 30th, 1925 to a farming family in Sunderland. Flash developed a love for agriculture at a young age. As a teenager, he worked on the farm and graduated from Amherst High School. Flash went on to study at Stockbridge. During this time, he met Mary Belden at a square dance, and they married on August 15, 1959. Together they moved to California where Flash earned his BS in Dairy Husbandry from California Polytechnic Institute. Upon completion, he and his family returned to Massachusetts to start a dairy operation on the Belden Farm in Hatfield, which continues today.


         Flash knew the value of community and was active in organizing farmers to advocate for land preservation, sound economic practices, and improved stewardship of the environment. Much of the Belden Farm is preserved farmland through the MA APR


program due to Flash’s efforts. He was a member of the Hatfield Conservation Commission from its inception to the present. He believed the best cure for most ailments was fresh air and hard work. He was a big fan of local sports and attended as many of the games as he could, especially when his children and grandchildren were participants. He was an active member of the Hatfield Congregational Church and many social clubs. He was a stoic New Englander, and not one to hand out compliments easily, yet the love and pride he had in his family was abundantly clear. He encouraged adventurous travel, going to college, eating on the porch, and never giving up- all things he passed on to his decedents.


         Flash and Mary celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this summer. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother Jim of Sunderland, four children- Darryl and his wife Lucida (McMurtry) of Hatfield, David and his wife Lori (Symanski)of Southborough, Ma., Brian and his wife Kathie (Woodward) of Hatfield and Mary Ruth Seifel and her husband Scott of Belchertown, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Walt and sister Barbara.


           Flash received loving care from many caregivers over the past two years. This care allowed him to stay at his home on the farm with his wife and family nearby.


             A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM on October 26th at the Hatfield Congregational Church, with an open reception to follow at the Belden Farm. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hatfield Congregational Church. Also drink a cold glass of milk.


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