John McWilliams, who had been active in the fight against AIDS, died Monday of the disease at the Don Miller House, a Baltimore hospice where he had lived for at least four years. He was 39.
Mr. McWilliams had operated Good Karma Cleaning Co. and had worked in carryouts and factories before becoming ill about five years ago.
He was a former member of the board of the Health Education Resource Organization and a former president of the People With AIDS Coalition.
At the coalition, he started its Christmas for the Kids program for children affected by acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
Workers at the hospice and at the Chase-Brexton Clinic described him as a gentle, caring person who gave talks on AIDS, and who would cook a Thanksgiving turkey for those with the illness.
Services for Mr. McWilliams were set for 11 a.m. today at Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, University Parkway and St. Paul Street.
He is survived by his parents, Frank E. and Clara Mae McWilliams, both of Annapolis; a daughter, Angela Lee McWilliams of West Virginia; his companion, William Zvarick of Brooklandville; two sisters, Sharon Neal of Baltimore and Linda Thomas of Houston; and two brothers, Duane Holt of Baltimore and Franklin Louis McWilliams of Glen Burnie.