Letter: In honor of my dad
In honor of my dad
Editor of the Reformer:
I thought you might want to know that Brattleboro native, Claude B. Williamson, Jr. passed away this past Saturday evening, July 16, at a hospice facility in Sunland, Calif. He was 89 years old.
He never fully recovered from a fall and broken hip in February 2015, and has been in hospice for a little more than a year. He is survived by his wife Deanne, and sons Marc, and Shawn, and was the oldest son of Claude B. and Louise Williamson of Brattleboro.
Mr. Williamson was my father, and spoke very lovingly of growing up in Brattleboro. He was a well known jazz pianist, and recorded and performed with the likes of June Christy, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, Gerry Mulligan, Barney Kessel, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, and others.
I believe he is the last survivor of the Lighthouse All-Stars original two incarnations from the early-mid 1950s. He also worked on many television variety shows from 1968 to the mid 1980s, including the Andy Williams Show, Sonny and Cher, and Donny and Marie, among others.
Marc Williamson, West Hollywood, July 22