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Updated: 04/05/2014 03:50:35PM

Gale Ross Williamson

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Gale Ross Williamson, 88, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Gales Ferry, Conn., died Monday, March 31, 2014, at his home.

He was born Sept. 14, 1925.

Gale served as the pastor at the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church for 20 years, before retiring to Englewood, Fla. He has been active in many roles the Englewood Church since that time, most recently serving as Pastor in Residence. Gale loved the theater and integrated the arts into his ministry. He was a self-taught pianist and organist who enjoyed playing popular music with his own particular flair.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; and son, James.

A memorial service will be held at the Englewood United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tributes in Gale’s honor be sent to the University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH 44601 to support the Williamson Scholarship in the Arts. This scholarship was established in Gale and Laura’s name by James on the occasion of their 50th anniversary in 2004.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Arrangements are made through the Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood.

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