Workers’ Memorial Wall
A collective place to mourn and remember our lost co-workers and friends due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are stories of some of the lives we have already lost.
TWU Local 100
Local 100 is mourning the loss of Conductor Elecier Williams, who had two years on the job and passed from the virus at the young age of 41. Sister Williams worked the extra list on the midnight tour and lived in the Bronx. She leaves a loving family which includes the Consul General of Jamaica in New York, Mrs. Alsion Roach Wilson, who called her “my favorite niece.” In an on-line posting, the Consul-General added, “We shared a very close relationship, so much so that I regarded her as more of a daughter than a niece. Whenever I wanted the best stewed peas and escovitch fish, I knew that I could always rely on Norsha and she never disappointed as she was the Queen in preparing these meals….It is a bitter pill to swallow, knowing that she died alone without anyone to assist her. This does not seem real to me so I was waiting all morning for someone to call me to say that it is a horrible joke. With such a friendly personality and a smile that brightened a dull day, an angel has truly left this world.” Sister Williams’ cousin, Wayne Collins, said that after working her last shift on a Sunday or Monday in mid-April, she felt ill. “She came into the house noticeably sick,” he said, “and two or three days after she became ill everyone in the house had COVID-19.” Mr. Williams said an ambulance transported Sister Williams to Montefiore hospital where the family was not allowed to see her. She was placed in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator and died after three weeks in the hospital on May 3rd. Mr. Williams said his cousin had a Masters and a BA in Accounting, but decided to pursue a career with NYC Transit after being “a stay-at-home Mom.” He said she was encouraged to join transit by family members who are also on the job, Conductor Paulette Roberts and Train Operator I’Tanisha Stennett. Elecier Williams leaves three children, Nathaniel, 20, who is the godson of the Consul-General, Jayden, 15, and Haley, 8.