Child orphaned at sea on cruise ship in Caribbean after single parent father dies aboard

Richard Williams, 39, from Dexter, Missouri was aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy with his son on  Monday June 15, 2015 when he passed away suddenly in his cruise ship cabin while Disney Fantasy was sailing towards the Cayman Islands.

Richard Williams had not been feeling well earlier on the day of his death, so he had taken Trayton to the day care center aboard Disney Fantasy.  When he didn’t return for his son, the cruise ship crew became alarmed and sent someone to his cabin. Inside the cabin, they found  Richard Williams dead, with Trayton now orphaned at sea.
 
As of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Disney Fantasy is still at sea, with the cruise ship crew taking care of his son. Richard Williams’ body will be repatriated to the U.S. and flown back home to family back in Missouri.
 
Disney Fantasy embarked from Port Canaveral, Florida on Saturday June 13,  for a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise.
 
Currently, Disney Fantasy is docked at  Falmouth Jamaica according to our cruise ship tracker.
 
Richard Williams is survived by his brother Roy Williams, who owns and operates Fiddler’s Restaurant in Dexter which his parents opened in the 80s. His parents, Marilyn Williams and Rick Williams have both already passed away.  Marilyn Williams was well-known in Dexter, having served the 159th District as state representative from 1991 until 2000.
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