Willie at a ping pong table

PLAYERS – After a long illness, our amazing club president of 26 years, Richard “Willie” Williams passed away the day before Christmas. He will be missed by all. Below are the details on the services planned in his honor both to take place January 3 & 4. It is likely that the club will be closed on Thursday evening (I will post an update if this changes).

Read the obituary.

There are two services for Willie next week as follows:

Willie’s “wake,” or “viewing”

Come say goodbye to Willie and stand up and speak to share our memories of Willie.

Thursday, January 3 from 6 – 7 p.m.

Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel
1050 Cayuga St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Funeral and reception

Friday, January 4 at 11 a.m. with lunch at the church after the funeral

Resurrection Church
7600 Soquel Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003

Willie’s family is asking that, if you are so inclined, donations be made


Cabrillo Civics Clubs of California (for scholarships)
c/o Rachel Tatro, Scholarship Chair
2970 Brookstone Way
Sacramento, CA 96833


CPDES Hall (Portuguese Hall)
216 Evergreen Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

And a personal note… Willie was one of the first people most people met when they went to the club, and I was no exception. Though I had the basics of the game down when I arrived, Willie spent a good number of hours teaching me to how to really play. In later years, he may not have been quite as fast, but he was still skilled and could still offer useful advice. He was generous with his time, and was kind to anyone who walked in the door. I know I am not the only one who will miss his presence. My condolences to his family.

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