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Brooke Nicholson Williams -  Bald Head Island

Brooke Nicholson Williams -  Bald Head IslandBrooke Nicholson Williams, 67 of Bald Head Island, died peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at his home.

Mr. Williams was born January 2, 1945 in New York, NY the son of the late Harold and Lanelle Nicholson Williams. He grew up in Saddle River and Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. Mr. Williams graduated from The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville NJ in 1963; spent a post graduate year at Lawrence College in Kent, England in 1964; and graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill in 1968. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to OCS at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He served a year as a platoon leader/operations officer in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Upon discharge, he began a career in the insurance business and in 2005 Mr. Williams retired from Marsh, Inc, the world’s largest insurance brokerage firm. His duties evolved during his 34 year career at Marsh and a predecessor firm, Johnson & Higgins, from actual insurance matters to management to organizational leadership. Before retiring from Marsh, Mr. Williams was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for North America, an organization with eleven thousand employees. Mr. Williams lived and worked in many places including Pacific Grove, CA; Wayne, PA; Charlotte, NC; Summit, NJ; Berwyn, PA; and Bald Head Island, NC. He was a member of several clubs including, Merion Golf Club, The Philadelphia Club, Radnor Hunt, Charlotte Country Club, and the Bald Head Island Club. Mr. Williams served on the boards for many charitable organizations including the Bald Head Island Conservancy, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Charlotte, United Family Services of Charlotte, the Philadelphia Opera, Community College of Philadelphia, The Lawrenceville School, the Board of Visitors at UNC-CH, and the Bald Head Island Club. Mr. Williams was a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ, and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, in Bryn Mawr, PA, serving at times as deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed golf, reading, listening to opera and spending time with his friends and family. He employed a passion for writing towards speaking and communicating on behalf of causes he loved and to connect distant friends through class notes and other correspondence. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and dear friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Shirla Stansfield.

Survivors include his wife Eleanor “Nonie” Williams; two sons, Drake Williams and wife Julie of Buffalo, NY; and Jordan Williams of San Diego, CA; a daughter Lauren Baynham and husband Todd of Charlotte, NC; a sister Vicki Morizzo and husband Angelo of Hawthorne, NJ; and four grandchildren, who knew him as “Bumpy”, Caroline Baynham, Keen Williams, Adeline Williams, and Jackson Baynham.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 17, 2012 in the Bald Head Island Chapel with Reverend Garrett Albertson officiating. Another memorial service will be held in Bryn Mawr, PA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bald Head Island Conservancy, P.O. Box 3109, Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport


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