Charles “Fritz” Williams died Jan. 22, 2010, in his home in Tuftonboro, N.H., surrounded by his wife and children.

Fritz was born in Seymour, Ind., on June 8, 1943, to parents Frank “Bud” Williams and Katherine Foote Williams, both deceased. His family lived in various places throughout his childhood including Palos Verdes, Calif., and Pines Lake, N.J. It was while living in New Jersey that he developed his lifelong love of sailing. He was a graduate of Wayne Senior High School in Wayne, N.J., and attended the University of Michigan. Fritz served four years in the U.S. Navy starting in 1962 aboard the USS Lake Champlain. After his discharge from the Navy he moved to New Hartford, Conn., where he worked for Locktite.

Fritz’s family summered for many years on the coast of Maine in the Boothbay area. It was here that he continued his love of sailing. He worked summers on the three-masted schooner Victory Chimes, eventually becoming the first mate. He earned his sailing Coast Guard captain’s license and then went on to captain the schooner Rachael and Ebenezer and several of the other coastal Maine schooners. While on the Rachael and Ebenezer he sailed in the tall ships gathering in New York to celebrate America’s bicentennial in 1976. He also sailed it from the Virgin Islands to Bermuda and onto Maine along the eastern seaboard.

After leaving the Rachael and Ebenezer he worked as a mechanical engineer for BTU’s in Rockland. In 1986 his engineering skills took him to a job with Oasis Alignment Services in Rochester, N.H. As part of that job he helped Oasis expand by establishing a southern office in Pensacola, Fla., and a Canadian office in Montreal, Canada. As a result of this he and his family moved to Pensacola, Fla., in 1987 and then to Tuftonboro, N.H., in 1994. His latest project was expanding the business for Oasis by introducing the use of laser trackers into the company. His 24 years of working for Oasis took him to locations including Montreal, Canada; Mojokerto, Indonesia; the Philippines; Puerto Rico; and all across the United States. He and his daughter were also able to travel to Australia, Bali, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

During this time, while living on a farm in Tuftonboro, he and his family operated the Hyde-Williams Petting Farm from 1996 to 2003. He thoroughly enjoyed playing Farmer Williams during the weekends and showing children and their families the various aspects of farm living. He would often hitch up his draft pony Josie and take children for a buggy ride around the neighborhood. He and his wife have also been long time Golden Retriever breeders.

His son Nathaniel “Nate” Williams passed away in 2005. He, his wife Dot and their daughter Morgan co-founded the Nathaniel J. Williams Foundation in his memory. This is a nonprofit organization doing business under the name A.C.T.S., and its mission is to raise, train and place service dogs for people with mobility disabilities. Fritz was very passionate about this cause.

Fritz is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dorothy “Dot” Hyde-Williams and children Morgan and Kyle Williams, all of Tuftonboro; his brother, Sherman Todd Williams and his wife, Berry, of East Boothbay; his sister, Abigail Williams and her husband, Bob Mullins, of Nobleboro; his sisters-in-law, Rosemary Hyde of Chapel Hill, N.C., Susan Hyde of Rockland, Marguerite Truesdale and her husband, Paul, of Peabody, Mass., and Phyllis Hyde of Augusta; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at All Saint’s Church in Wolfeboro, N.H. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Nathaniel J. Williams Foundation, P.O. Box 86, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816. For more information visit assistancecanine.org.