* From an e-mail…
I am very sorry to let you know that our friend and [GOP] National Committeeman, Rich Williamson, passed away yesterday. As you all know, Rich loved his family, his country, and his party, and we will miss his wisdom and wit.
I am told the tentative details of the arrangements are: visitation on Friday from 3:00pm – 7:00pm at Scott Funeral Home in Wilmette, and the funeral will be held on Saturday at 2:00pm in Kenilworth. More details will be forthcoming.
…Adding… Press release…
Illinois GOP Mourns Rich Williamson (1949-2013)
CHICAGO – The Illinois Republican Party is mourning the passing of Rich Williamson, the Republican National Committeeman for the Illinois GOP since 2010. Williamson served as chairman of the party from 1999-2001, served three presidents in senior Foreign Service roles, and was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1992.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan urged all Illinoisans to keep Williamson’s wife and children in their thoughts and prayers.
“Rich was a true friend, and a great diplomat,” Dorgan said. “He loved his family, loved his country, and loved this party.”
The Illinois Republican Party will announce additional details regarding arrangements when they become available.