Memorial for Tyler McWilliams to be held Saturday in Dillingham

Feb 19, 2018

Tyler McWilliams, 37, died unexpectedly in Dillingham on Valentine’s Day. The cause of death is not known.

Credit Jeff Fonkert

The memorial service for 37-year-old Tyler McWilliams will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Dillingham Elementary School at 11 a.m.

Last week, McWilliams collapsed while working behind the old Dillingham Courthouse. A co-worker with Nushagak Cooperative who was on the scene performed CPR. An ambulance transported McWilliams to Kanakanak Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. McWilliams’ death is not thought to be directly related to the work he was doing. The cause of his death is still unknown.

Friends said that McWilliams was known for his positive, even-keeled attitude, his love for children, his hard work and his dedication to his family.

“If anything ever needed done, he was there to do it with a smile,” said co-worker Jeff Fonkert.

McWilliams moved to Alaska from Georgia nearly 10 years ago to be a special education teacher within the Dillingham City School District. After teaching several years teaching, he became a lineman, working with Nushagak Cooperative and Coastal Power Contractors.

Friends of the family set up a GoFundMe account to benefit his wife, Aria McWilliams, and unborn child. As of Monday, community members had donated over $26,000.

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