W. Alan Williams

Born: Thursday, September 2, 1965
Passed: Wednesday, December 27, 2017


W. Alan Williams, 52, of Rockford, passed away on December 27, 2017 after a sudden illness. He was born on September 2, 1965 in Gainesville, FL. Alan was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Asheville and the University of Mississippi. He was an artist and theatrical costume designer. He came to Rockford for the New American Theater and Rock Valley College. In retirement he was active as ambassador for the Rockford Park District and the Midtown District.
Alan is survived by Randall Correia; parents, William N. Williams, Kandace Penner, and Rose Marion Willliams; sister, Brandy Culpepper; brother, Bryan (Catharina) Williams; and niece, Isabel Williams.
Private services were held and a celebration of the life and talents he shared with all of us is being planned for a later date. Memorial contributions are invited for www.carpentersplace.org, the service organization in Alan's neighborhood that cares for the community he always looked after.

Condolences & Shared Memories (5)

  1. Gail Hummel

    I did not know Alan well, but fell head over heals for his zest for life, eye for art, theatrical contributions and fun loving spirit. In heaven, we will create jolly mischief. I’m sad the world lost him, but how good will this guy look in wings? What color, style? Alan, you’re loved still and missed more....

  2. Brian Gustafson

    Judy and I were stunned to learn of Alan's passing; the morning rituals stopped. I reflected on the many encounters with Alan in the costume shop at RVC, as he developed multiple and amazing creations for the characters I was to play. His artistry and creative genius made it an honor to perform wrapped in his work. I first remember the leather and studded battle armor for MacBeth, as well as the multi-layer fur extravagances for Henry VIII. It was also an honor to share a Tanzanian safari with Randall and Alan, as they anticipated the coming sunset, worked for different angles and poses with so many animals, and, especially, the memory of Alan on his back, surrounded by chanting Maasai morani and young girls, blasting away with his camera. As the grandchildren were here for the holidays, I read the safari book he had written for his nephew to them and shared memories of our adventures in Tanzania. Those memories of Alan's world-views, his gentleness, his quick wit, inquisitiveness, and comraderie will remain for more generations, and I will toast in his memory at a camp fire somewhere out in the Serengeti this year. Salaam nyingi, rafiki yangu.

  3. Steve Minore

    Alan was a true and kind friend who always looked at the glass as half full and enjoyed friends and friends of friends. He was outstanding in his skills and I will treasure his artwork forever. A star that burned so bright ! Even in his passing , his everlasting light will never be diminished . I will never forget him and his memory will be with me forever

  4. Marsa Mitchell

    I met and came to respect and love Alan as I worked with Randall. He was a true and rare friend, with me through my parents illnesses and giving me the sternness when I needed it. I’ll always remember the birthday party hats, Xmas cards and everything Alan did to make you feel special. We will continue to care and love in his spirit. Best to all family, loved ones and friends. We are now charged to carry on in his spirit band likeness. Marsa ( Alan’s friend)

  5. Mark Bond

    I’m so saddened to hear about Alan passing! To Rand, and to Alan’s family - my prayers are with you all. He was such a creative force, and funny, and caring, and true! He will be missed.