John Dickinson Williams, 92, founder of Williams Crane and Rigging, passed away on October 11, 2016, after a short illness.
He was born and raised in Arvonia, Va., served as a decorated infantryman during WWII, graduated from Virginia Military Institute with honors as a civil engineer who held a professional engineer certification.
After several years in the construction business, he formed Williams Crane and Rigging, Inc., which specializes in crane rental, heavy hauling, and machinery installation.
Williams Crane was instrumental in the construction of nuclear power plants throughout the eastern United States and received the Specialized Crane and Rigging Association's Hauling Job of the Year Award and the Rigging Job of the Year Award twice.
John served as the Chairman and President of the Specialized Crane & Rigging Association in 1984 to 1985,
In retirement, John remained active as a professional engineer in Mathews County and as a Construction Manager for the building and renovation of numerous homes throughout Virginia.