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Roger B. Williams (1931-2019)

Roger B. Williams

FARMINGTON – Roger B. Williams, 87, of Farmington, died Monday, Aug. 12, at Edgewood Rehab and Living Center.

He was born in Danvers, Mass. on Oct. 16, 1931, a son of Myron A. and Hattie Mae (Phelps) Williams and on June 17, 1950, married Gladys “Kay” Nichols in East Livermore at the Methodist Church. She passed July 13, 2019. Roger and Kay made their home in Brunswick before moving to California, and eventually back to Maine where they purchased the Luce Studio in Farmington, where he was a successful photographer. He was known for photographing many area high schools seniors, as well as grade school students, area athletic events, and weddings.

He played the guitar since the age of 15 and music was an important part of his life, having followed bluegrass bands, “Blistered Fingers” and “Rustic Harmony” on the Bluegrass Festival Circuit as well as regularly attending “picking parties.” Roger enjoyed painting in his later years and was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, and playing golf.

He is survived by his children; Debra Harris and her husband, Adrian of Farmington, Brenda Fleury and her husband, Phil of Mt. Vernon, Rhonda Jones and her husband, Steve of North Turner, and Roger Williams, II and his wife, Sherry of North Turner; 9 grandchildren;10 great grandchildren; 2 sister-in-law’s, Rita Nichols of Minot and Mabel Soucy of Livermore Falls; He was predeceased by his siblings, Dot, Eleanor, Tommy, Ruth, Barbara, Buddy, Norma, and Douglas. The family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Rehabilitation Center and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for their loving care.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 pm at the Wiles Remembrance Center/Adams~McFarlane Chapel, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington with interment following at Fairview Cemetery. Following the interment, the family will welcome all back to the Center for refreshments. Relatives and friends are invited to call Thursday from 11 am until the time of the services. The family suggests that those who desire, consider memorial gifts in Roger’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 383 US Route #1, #2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Condolences and memories as well as a memorial video may be shared on his memorial wall at

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10 Responses »

  1. Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for the Family, and thank you for the wonderful pictures taken over the years.

  2. Oh my gosh, Roger took everyone's picture in Franklin County!

  3. Brenda, Rhonda and Steve,

    Sorry for your loss. It was nice to get to visit with your folks when they were at Pinewood for awhile. Not surprised they went so close together. Just like you thought.

    Thinking of you all,
    Carol and Lance

  4. So sorry to the Williams Family for your loss.

  5. <sMy thoughts & prayers are with Roger's family and friends!

  6. Sincere condolences to Rogers family.
    I had the pleasure of working with both Roger and Kay
    for awhile at the studio so many fond memories
    May he Rest In Peace

  7. Just a nice, nice man. Willing to share the History of Luce Studio; glad to donate pictures for the Historical Society's display.'re right. Took pictures of practically everyone in school in Franklin County, and probably beyond. He sure donated a lot of team pictures to the MT BLUE High School. For that, our town should be grateful.
    Thank you Roger for all you did. And thoughts going out to all his remaining family.

  8. Always enjoyed Roger and Kay. When my Mom died, we went into the attic and found her large picture to have for the service, he gave it to me. Both my parents picture Roger took, hang over my couch.Such nice folks. Condolences to the family.

  9. Ron and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the Williams family. We didn't know that Kay had passed away last month and Ron and I couldn't make it to Roger's service yesterday. Just want to share that we knew Roger through his photography and the three of us being "artist" in our own right, we shared a lot of professional tips. Such a wonderful couple and when I was working at Walmart, loved seeing Roger and Kay come through the doors. Ron and I will miss them both. Beautiful people, beautiful family.
    Annette and Ron Parlin

  10. Dear Roger, Sorry to read about your loss. May God Bless you and yours.