Fran Williams, who served as president of the PHCC 1998-1999, passed away Sept. 9 in Belmont, Mass., after a 16-month battle with leukemia.
Fran Williams, who served as
president of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling
Contractors-National Association (PHCC) 1998-1999, passed away Sept. 9 in
Belmont, Mass., after a 16-month battle with leukemia. He was 73. Williams was a very well-respected member and leader of
PHCC. Besides his role as national president, he served as national secretary
from 1995-96, on the national board of directors as Zone 1 director from 1991-94,
and as chairman of the PHCC educational foundation from 2007-2009.
In 2005, he
received from PHCC-National Association the prestigious Col. George D. Scott
Award for meritorious service, an award given for many years of service and
unselfish devotion to the association and the industry. In 1995 he received
another significant national award: the Delta Faucet Plumbing Contractor of the Year Award.
In 1988, he was awarded the
Bradford-Rose Award, the highest award presented by PHCC of Massachusetts. He
was also named Massachusetts Contractor of the Year in 1994.
On the state
level, he served as president of the PHCC of Greater Boston Chapter from
1982-1984; president of the PHCC of Massachusetts Chapter in 1985-1986; and
member of the PHCC of Massachusetts Board of Directors. In Massachusetts, he was a driving force in
working with the State Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters in
developing new code regulations as they relate to handicap access in public
active in legislative and regulatory initiatives on both the state and national
levels, including leading PHCC-National Association
toward creating a task force that eventually became the PHCC Energy Efficiency
and Water Conservation Committee. He served as chairman of the board for
the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification program in
In 1973, he founded
F.A. Williams Inc., a company that specializes in commercial and industrial plumbing
and HVACR construction. Williams also used his knowledge of the p-h-c
industry to work on a number of volunteer efforts in his home town. Through his
work on the Disability Access Commission, he provided input into the town’s
efforts to provide accessibility to all citizens.
Visitation will be held 3 p.m.-8
p.m. Sept. 15 in the Church
of St. Luke, 132 Lexington St., Belmont, Mass.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 in The Church of St.
Luke. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fran's memory may be made
National Educational Foundation, or The Belmont Food Pantry, PO Box 291, Belmont,