Longtime Mac resident Roger Williams succumbs
Williams was known by many through his ownership of The Book Retriever, a used bookstore he once operated on Second Street, and his work in the circulation department at the News-Register, where he dealt with computer issues and directed a group of youth carriers.
In a letter to readers published in 2006, Richard Reed, then serving as facilities manager, noted Williams was leaving the News-Register after 14 years and praised his work with the youth carriers.
“Success is more than just getting the newspaper on the property of the customer,” Reed said. “It is much more than just earning some spending money. Roger has helped a lot of kids figure that out.
“There are many stories of kids who proved their worth and kids who came up short. Roger’s knack was giving kids more opportunity to succeed than they often deserved, hoping the light would come on and the kids and their customers would both be the better for it.”
He continued, “Pride comes from seeing a kid blossom into a young adult and realizing you played some small part in the outcome. He got a good measure of that.”
Williams hailed originally from neighboring Washington. He met his wife, Eleanor, after moving to McMinnville to attend Linfield College.
In the early 1980s, he and Eleanor, who has made her career at the News-Register, joined an early computer users group, prior to the home computer boom.
Williams also enjoyed stamp collecting and trading, playing the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons, and making connections with people around the world on his ham radio.