OAK GROVE, Mo. – A family in Oak Grove, Missouri will spend their first Christmas without a loving husband and father.
Brian Williams, 48, died in September after suffering a brain aneurysm. He and his wife own Fred Williams and Son Heating and Cooling.
Brian’s colleagues say that he is as funny as he is knowledgeable, often making jokes.
Artimus Millet said: “He has a very good sense of humour. “On the morning commute, you know it’s going to be tough when he says, ‘That’s a piece of cake.’ Someone you never want to forget”.
Brian’s wife, Annie Williams, will never forget this day three months ago.
“On September 29th, which happened to be the anniversary of our first date, I couldn’t get hold of him,” Williams said. “He had constant calls, and I couldn’t get him to tell him where to go or anything, and I knew something was wrong.”
Williams called his colleague, Madison Moore.
“When we got to the venue, I came up with a joke to tell him like ‘you’re in trouble, boy, your wife is trying to hold you back,’ but it’s not,” Moore said. .
Brian Williams died in an empty apartment during a job.
He was born with an artery defect, known as an AVM. In Brian’s case, the blood vessels in his brain formed incorrectly and became tangled. This is a rare condition with fewer than 200,000 cases per year.
Brian took medication and had surgery but turned down a recent procedure.
“The world has been taken away,” Williams said. “He was a great man. His clients called me to have him come in and I had to tell them he was dead, and they cried on the phone too. So imagine you get getting call after call and having to say over and over he got through, and make them cry. It’s tough.”
The family said 300 people attended Brian’s memorial service, and many of them were customers. His best friend, Chris Bryant, says it shows his impact.
“A lot of times, it’s not just a service call, sometimes it’s about talking to the customer and talking about its own life,” says Bryant. “They love that, so they’ll always call him back.”
This holiday season, this family wants everyone to remember something important, as they spend their first Christmas without Brian Williams.
“Just remember, it’s not what’s under your tree, but the people around it,” Williams said. “Just hug your family, and kiss them, and love them. That’s important.”
FOX4 tells you in November when thieves stole thousands of dollars in tools from Bryant’s work truck. Despite that, and the death of Brian Williams, Annie Williams said the company is doing well, building credibility with their customers.
https://fox4kc.com/news/loved-ones-bracing-for-first-christmas-without-oak-grove-business-owner/ Oak Grove, Missouri Heating and Cooling Owner Fred Williams and Son Dies