from White Birch Farm
Allentown, NJ — Steven F. Williams, 60, died suddenly Oct. 21, 2018, while attending the Breeders Crown eliminations at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Born May 2, 1958, in Fairfield, Iowa, he is survived by his sons, Joseph D. (21) and Steven J. (20); brother, Jim; and sister, JoAnn Wray. He also leaves behind hundreds of friends in the Standardbred community and beyond.
Mr. Williams caught the harness racing bug and started his career at age 18. Through the years he grew from a groom to a trainer developing top horses.
At White Birch Farm as the farm manager he found a true passion bringing young horses into the world and overseeing their development.
After the passing of his friend and farm owner, Mike Parisi, Mr. Williams took on the responsibility of keeping the farm moving forward and he did just that. These past two years have been amazing for the farm and Mr. Williams had just returned home from the best sale in the farm’s history. With still 14 yearlings left to sell in two weeks everyone could tell just how proud he was with his accomplishments.
Although he was always most proud of his own boys, his equine children where something he could share with the hundreds of true friends he made along his journey.
His sons are working on a memorial service for him to take place after the Harrisburg sale so that their Dad’s hard work is completed. More information will be released at the sons’ discretion.