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Paul Williamson

Paul Joseph Williamson

Thursday, January 25th, 1968 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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Paul Joseph Williamson, 52 of Hinesburg Vermont, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep from a heart attack on May 5, 2020 at home. He was born on January 25, 1968 in Burlington, VT to Ronald J. Williamson and Brenda J. (Sheehan) Williamson Paul grew up in Essex Junction, Vermont. He previously lived in Key West, FL and Providence, RI.

Paul was fascinated by all things mechanical from a young age especially bicycles! He fell in love with BMX bikes as a teen and loved to ride, jump, build ramps and practice tricks with his friends. He was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes/Type 1 at age 14 and lived life to the fullest in spite of the challenges associated with this disease. As a young man he embraced his free spirit, traveling the country following the Grateful Dead. Paul could often be found working on his or a friend's VW bus. He inherited his love of VW’s from his dad. Eventually he settled in Key West FL, where he lived for close to 20 years. Paul worked as a bicycle mechanic and manager, at The Bike Shop in Key West. He loved the laid back lifestyle, the ocean, warm weather and his garden. He grew herbs and vegetables and loved to make salsa, hot sauce and sauerkraut among other things. Paul enjoyed a simple life. He prefered music, conversation and laughter to possessions. Wherever Paul went he made new friends with his easy smile and infectious laughter. Key West is where he met his life long best friend Heather Pullman. When Paul got tired of the Key West life he reunited with his friend Heather in Providence RI, where she was attending Johnson and Wales. Paul again found work as a bike mechanic in RI. About 2 years ago Paul moved back to Vermont and reconnected with many of his old VT friends. He loved the Burlington scene and he would happily meet up at the OP. His family was happy to have him home and loved spending time with him. Paul was a sweet and caring man, and you will never find a more loving brother and friend.

Paul was part of a large and loving family. He was the 7th of 8 children. He leaves behind his siblings and their families: Joan Williamson, her daughters Morgan and Caitlin Safford, Helen Williamson, Dott Lamore and husband Steve Lamore, her daughter Shannon Begins, Jennifer Sorrell and husband Scott Sorrell, their sons Brian and Dylan Sorrell, Ron J. Williamson Jr., brother-in-law Bob Terrill, his children Meg Gallup and James Terrill, and Desiree Fields. He also leaves his step mother Vicki Williamson and a large extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Ronald Williamson in 1999, his mother Brenda Williamson in 2017 and his sister Kathie Terrill who passed in 2012.

A special thanks to Josh, Steve and Lisa Carlson, who were a second family to Paul. He loved you all very much.

There will be no service at this time. The family will plan a celebration of life for late summer, and will spread his ashes at that time. Memorial contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to Joan Williamson 118 Main Street Essex Junction, Vt 05452. This will be used to cover end of life expenses. Contributions can alternatively be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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michael mosley

Posted at 08:18pm
this is what i remember... staying up all night in pauls attic bedroom...smoking cigarettes... laughing so hard your stomach hurt.... paul was really funny.... he had good taste in music... a lot of charisma ... we were best friends in 85 or so... god bless him... may he rest in peace... i have nice memories of those times with paul... before life got harder... he was just really fun to be with... i didnt know him much after 86/87 but lwill all ways remember having so much fun with him

Mark Brophy

Posted at 01:46am
Paul was my roommate when we both briefly attended Castleton College in 1987....He was also my best friend. We had great times together going to shows and travelling to Burlington Vt. and Montreal. We lost touch after we left Castleton and I have been trying to find him for years. Every few months I would google his name to try to find him....Until this time when I came across his obituary. I prayed it was not him but when I read the obituary I soon realized it was my old friend....I am heartbroken....


Posted at 01:39pm
My heart was sadden to read about the the loss of Paul and I wanted to give my warmest condolences to the family. To lose someone so well loved can bring such sadness but the God of all comfort tells us at 2 Kings 20:5 He feels our pain. At we can read in the Bible John 5:28,29 that not only does God care but it will move him to remove all the suffering he sees and he gives the assurance that you will have him in your life once again. May the memories you have give you calm and peace until God’s promises come true. Again so very sorry for your heartache. 💐

Jim Willard

Posted at 05:54pm
I remember my brothers and I going across the street to play kick-the-can and other fun stuff with the big Williamson family, and Paul was always part of that fun. He was very good childhood friend to us, a good companion. And I also remember what a 'genius' he was with motors, bikes, mechanical stuff. Paul will be very muched missed by my brothers and me.

Heidi Paul

Posted at 11:28am
From age 4 to 8 Paul's mom was my sister's and my daily babysitter. A lot of wonderful memories at that big red house on Main St. Paul was in my class and was always part of the gang that played with us. Whether it was kick the can or capture the flag Ron Dottie Helen Joan and Paul were always there after school for at least one hour outside (Mrs Williamson's rule) to play. It was a great childhood. Thanks Paul for being a part of that.

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