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Dino Williams passed away April 16 at his home with his family by his side after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was eighty-eight years old.
A native of Los Angeles whose parents were immigrants from Greece, Dino grew up in Hollywood where his father and uncles ran a grocery store, first at Sunset and Gordon and then in Hollywoodland in the commercial building his father built in 1925 and that Dino managed in later years. Dino designed and built his home with his wife Barbara in Hollywoodland where he raised three children who survive him, Llandys, Gregory and Alexa. His brother Harry who was his best friend and neighbor for their entire adult lives also survives him.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Dino received a Mechanical Engineering degree as part of the Navy’s V-12 program. It was at Berkeley where he met his future wife and lifetime companion, Barbara. After working as a Los Angeles City engineer, Dino started his own business manufacturing medical diagnostic slides, first in a former car repair bay in Hollywoodland and then in North Hollywood. He designed and built all the machinery he used to produce the laboratory glassware.
His passion besides his family was art. Dino was a sculptor and painter. He worked with fiberglass, resins, clay, metal, cement, wood, silkscreen and acrylic paints, and later became known locally for his refined stained glasswork in windows and light fixtures. All of his art was produced for his own enjoyment. He also spent time restoring cars and painstakingly rebuilt a 1937 Ford Coupe and a 1941 Cadillac sedan.
After his retirement, Dino worked as the mechanical engineer for his son’s Puppet Studio. His credits include Cher at The Coliseum, Katy Perry’s World Tour 2011-12 and eighteen shows for Princess Cruises.
He edited and co-published of The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History with his son Gregory. He also managed the family’s large collection of vintage photographs and negatives of Hollywood and Hollywoodland, making prints in his own darkroom.
As a volunteer, Dino worked with the Los Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club and was an active member of Hollywood Homeowners Association for many years.
His memorial service is Saturday May 17 at 12 p.m, North Church, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. The family requests in lieu of flower arrangements, attendees bring a flower or greenery from their gardens to be incorporated into a final floral tribute.