In Remembrance of Rochester Native Benjamin Williams, Cartoonist

Benjamin Williams (Cartoonist) was born on August 2, 1955 in Rochester N.Y. and passed on June 29, 2021. 

Ben was  kind, caring, considerate and respectful of others. He was an encourager to many and a mentor to children and adults in the arts as well as education and journalism. He attended John Marshall H.S. and competed on the Wrestling Team and was a student in the Upward Bound Program. Following his graduation he attended St. John Fisher College and majored in Journalism. 

He held positions at the Democrat & Chronicle which inspired his animation , “The Daily Woo “and  at About Time Magazine where he was a Cartoonist.  Ben also contributed to The Challenger in the 90’s.

He was a member of the Association of Black Communicators and the United Cartoonist League of America (UCLA) where he was instrumental in organizing the first annual Cartoon Festival. Ben created the comic strip, “Glazed Jelly Donut Society” following the development of  BW Comix. 

He enjoyed graphic arts, sports (a loyal Buffalo Bills fan), and was an avid reader who loved God.  

Ben is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Ida Williams (Newkirk) and sisters Francine, Rosemary and Diane Williams and is survived by his siblings Patricia, Janet and Jerome Williams, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Acknowledgement:  The family would like to acknowledge the many family and friends who have gifted us with unconditional emotional, spiritual, financial  and technical support.  Your generosity is amazing and humbling.  A special thank you to Ben’s dear friends who have been a  strong and inspiring foundation in his life. We are so grateful to you for your role as fellow brothers and sisters..  

A private burial was held at Riverside Cemetery