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Obituary: David "Lumpy" Williams, 61

Williams, a longtime community volunteer, is best known for dressing up as Santa Claus every Christmas and helping light the town's Christmas tree

Every Christmas, David “Lumpy” Williams would put on a Santa Claus suit and ride into town in a vintage fire truck. It was a tradition that went on for more than 30 years and was beloved by residents who called Williams “Lumpy“ because of his size.

But on Tuesday, Williams suffered a fatal heart attack while driving to his sister‘s office in Corte Madera the Press Democrat is reporting. He was 61.

Williams was a native of Massachusetts who settled in Sonoma in 1975 after getting a job at the Sonoma Developmental Center in Glen Ellen, according to the Press Democrat.

He later was the executive director of the Valley of the Moon Boys & Girls Club, a promotions manager for the Sebastiani Theatre and general manager of the restaurant and bar at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.

Williams is survived by sister Judith Williams of Rio Nido and brother Gary Williams of Novato.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma. The family suggests donations to the theater’s foundation, P.O. Box 874, Sonoma, 95476.

Did you know David "Lumpy" Williams? Share your memories in the comments below.

Jerry Seltzer October 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
We have all lost a great asset and friend. Not only did Lumpy play Santa Clause to our family, but he accompanied Judi and me to the UC Medical Center Christmas season to bring gifts and cheer to the children in the cancer ward. The Valley will not be the same.

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