William F. "Bill" Williams, of Cave Creek, Ariz. and a former Fairfield resident, died Oct. 29, 2010.

Born on March 23, 1927, in Elyria, Ohio, he graduated from Elyria High School in 1945. He joined the Army at the age of 17, and served during World War II. He attend Ohio State University on the GI Bill, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering in 1956. He married Mary K. Waldron of McKee's Port, Pa., on June 9, 1951.

Over the years, he worked for Kinear Rolling Door, North American Aviation, Dupont Chemical and the Pentagon, before joining General Electric Co. in Phoenix in 1959, where he eventually worked as a manager of industrial marketing, research and sales planning consulting.

He lived in Fairfield for 10 years, founded CT with his family, while commuting to Bridgeport, CT and New York, NY. In 1979, Bill founded his own consulting company, Wide World Systems, and relocated to Cave Creek, Ariz.

He also earned his a real estate license and was the author of two books -- the textbook, "Principles of Automated Information Retrieval," in 1965 and the novel, "Cross Purpose," in 2001.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary K. Williams; daughters Monica Smith and Kathy Williams, and grandchildren Michael Smith, Rachel Smith and Lawrence Williams. He was predeceased by his mother Hilda B. Williams; his son Larry Williams and grandson Colin Campbell.

The Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 before a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 North Pima Road, Cave Creek. A reception will be held at the church. Burial will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Cave Creek. Visit www.hansenmortuary.com to send online condolences.