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Lawrence "Judd" M. Williams

Lawrence 'Judd' M. Williams

Lawrence "Judd" Williams passed away peacefully on Feb. 25, 2018 in Rochester, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 1, 1934.

He was preceded in death by Julianna Furlong Williams and is survived by his sons, Jesse and Scott Williams; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Joyce Clark; and his brother-in-law, Dave Clark.

Lawrence (Judd) Williams was a warm, loving and infinitely creative man, with a big, open, accepting and playful heart. Judd's ever-present sense of humor found its way into almost all of his interactions: his puns, ridiculous stories and funny faces had friends and family cracking up all the way through his last days.

Judd shared a love and partnership with Julianna that was incredibly powerful and enduring. They deeply inspired each other artistically, professionally and through their characters for over 40 years. Judd was the proud father of two boys, Scott (Nancy Williams) and Jesse (Julianna Furlong Williams).

An artist from the time he could hold a pencil, Judd attended the Kansas City Art Institute and later completed his master's degree at the University of Illinois. Judd was an accomplished painter and printmaker, as well as a master sculptor, and his work was admired widely among people.

Beyond the studio, Judd developed some of the most beautiful gardens at his homes, in the same way he approached his art—thoughtfully, organically and with a balance between intentional and spontaneous. Music was another art form from which he drew inspiration and expressed himself.

Judd taught a myriad of students during his tenures at RIT and in Columbus, Ohio. He was deeply loved and respected by all his students, many of whom became lifelong friends. Beyond the classroom, Judd's knowledge of plants, materials, art and art history was vast and comprehensive.

Judd was a beautiful man whose immense loss will be felt in the hearts and minds of all those he touched and also by the communities in which he was an integral, vital contributor.

For more information about Judd, visit www.walkerbrothersfh.com.

An open house to celebrate Judd's life will be held on March 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. at 180 Lyell St., Spencerport, NY 14559.

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