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Bratton T. “Whitey” Williams Jr., 81, of New Kensington, passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, May 30, 2019. He was born July 23, 1937 in Arnold to the late Bratton T. Sr. and Grace M. Swartz Williams.
Whitey has been a firefighter since 1960, when he served as a volunteer for New Kensington Fire Station No. 4 and later at Station No. 1. He became one of the few distinguished as a paid firefighter for the City of New Kensington from 1969 until 1992. During his time as a fireman, Whitey served as assistant chief, captain and lieutenant. He was also active in the Ways and Means Committee, the Ambulance Corps., the Relief Association, the Scuba Team, and the Rescue Team for the Fire Department. He bravely served the City of New Kensington until the morning of his passing. Bratton’s heroic achievements earned him the title of President of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), local 2453. He was a Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor and a member of the Westmoreland County, Western Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Fireman’s Association, the Westmoreland County Fire Chief Association, and a social member at the VFW Post 92. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and traveling to Myrtle Beach.
Mr. Williams was a 1955 graduate of Ken Hi and was the owner and operator of Williams Custom Engraving. He was a former Mason and Shriner.
Whitey is survived by his daughter, Pamela J. (Lisa Hecker) Williams; son, Bratton Joseph "Joe" Williams; sister Janice Earney; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, his wife of 58 years, Patsy M. Williams; and his sister Nancy Masiarik preceded him in death.
Viewing will be Sunday, June 2nd from 2-8 PM in the ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where a funeral service will be held on Monday, June 3rd at 10 AM. Rev. Harold M. Mele Jr. will officiate. Firefighters will assemble in the funeral home on Sunday at 5 PM for a Firefighters Memorial Service to honor their late member. Entombment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Leave an online condolence at www.rossgwalker.com.
New Kensington Fire Department
1710 7th Street, New Kensington PA 15068
New Kensington Ambulance Service
PO Box 126, New Kensington PA 15068
2837 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell PA 15068