Saturday, July 13, 2002

Ex-mayor of New Miami dies

By Janice Morse,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEW MIAMI — This small Butler County village north of Hamilton is mourning the death of its recently resigned mayor, remembered as a dedicated family man, public servant and Vietnam veteran.

        Ronald E. Williams, 67, died Thursday evening, two days after entering hospice care at Fort Hamilton Hospital and three days after he tendered his resignation from the mayor's post he held for four years.

        Mr. Williams had served as a village police officer for about seven years in the 1970s, and served on Village Council for eight years before becoming mayor, said his daughter, Ronni, 24, of New Miami.

        “He was a great man, and when he loved you, he loved you, and would do anything to be there for you, no matter what it took,” said Ms. Williams. She was adopted by Mr. Williams after the death of his daughter, Sharon, Ronni Williams' mother.

        “We used to tease him and say, "Who do you love more — us or the village?' He'd always say us,” Ms. Williams said. “But he worked hard for this village. ... He fought so hard to make this place better, and he fought so hard for life. He had a fire deep down in his belly and he didn't want to quit.”

        He had been battling leukemia about four years. He went through a period of remission, but took a turn for the worse in February.

        Besides his daughter, survivors include his wife, the former Betty J. Scott; and two sons, Ronald Jr. and Scott, both of New Miami.

        The Webb Noonan Funeral Home is scheduling services at the convenience of the family. Memorials can be made to Vitas Hospice Care, Fort Hamilton Hospital, 630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45013; or to the Jewish Hospital Stem Cell Program, 4725 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati 45236.

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