RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement on the death of Richard Williamson, Republican National Committeeman from Illinois.
“On behalf of the entire Republican National Committee, I want to extend my condolences to the family of Rich Williamson,” said Chairman Priebus. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague.
“Rich will be remembered for his service to his country and his party. Because of his expertise in foreign policy, he was asked to take senior roles under three presidents, including Ambassador to the UN for Special Political Affairs and Special Envoy to Sudan. A dedicated Republican, he previously led the Illinois state party and was the party’s 1992 nominee for the U.S. Senate.
“He led a remarkable life of service.”
“Our prayers are with the Williamson family, especially his wife and children,” said Co-Chairman Day. “We will certainly miss Rich and his leadership, and we are grateful for everything he’s done for his party, his state, and his country.”
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk issued this statement on former Ambassador Rich Williamson's death:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Amb. Rich Williamson, a dear friend and long-time foreign policy adviser. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Jane and the entire Williamson family. From the White House to the State Department to the United Nations to the International Republican Institute, Rich dedicated his life to spreading American values of freedom and democracy around the world. Like President Reagan, Rich believed in peace through strength, in that shining city upon a hill. I will miss his friendship and counsel."
Illinois Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte issued this statement on the passing of Williamson, who was serving as the Illinois Republican National Committeeman at the time of his death.
"The sudden passing of Richard Williamson is a great shock to all of us. Rich was not only my colleague on the Republican National Committee and the Illinois Republican Party, but he was also a very good friend. He will be profoundly missed. His deep involvement in national politics and senior government positions gave him a great breadth and depth of experiences and relationships, which he used to benefit the Illinois Republican Party as our National Committeeman. May the Lord grant Rich a much deserved peaceful rest."
Visitation for Ambassador Williamson is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette. Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Ave., Kenilworth.
He is succeeded by his wife, three children, a sister and one grandchild.