Sydney L.B. Williams Memorial fund

Give hope and opportunity to an aspiring female pilot by giving to the Sydney L.B. Williams memorial fund.  Proceeds of the fund will go to a scholarship for young women to attend the WMU College of Aviation.

 Syd was a pioneer in the airline industry.  She was a Captain for American Eagle, a contract pilot for the U.S. Navy and a pilot for Eastern and United Airlines.  She ran her own corporate flight department. Her last flight before retirement was in the 747-400 for United Airlines.  She had logged more than 8,000 hours of flying time in her career.

As well as a successful career as a commercial pilot Syd was a published author having written “Flying Into The Night” a loosely based autobiography.

After a brief but well fought battle with cancer, Captain Sydney LB Williams departed on her last flight from her home in Fort Myers, Florida, on August 12, 2017, at 0355.  She is survived by husband James and her children Michael Todd Howard and Karen Enciso.

Syd was a dynamic, compassionate and loving woman who was a delight to all. Her emotional and physical strength was an inspiration and source of amazement to all who knew her.  It was with her even at the very end.  As hard as she fought the cancer that took her, she still had a smile that would light up the room and provide comfort to those at her side.  

Syd’s passion was fast cars, airplanes and machines that made “Deep Throaty” sounds. However, she took special delight in her family and friends.  She treasured watching, listening to stories and seeing the photos of her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed the outdoors, as long as it was pool or beach side and came with room service and a scotch. Everywhere she went she turned heads and captivated people with her inner and outer beauty, stories and personality.  She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.


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