• F. Robert Williams


    May 26, 2022

    F. Robert “Bob”  Williams, 92, of Chittenango, New York, passed away on May 26, 2022 surrounded by his family. Bob was born February 11, 1930 in Utica, NY, the son of the late John and Valentina (Miraglia) Williams.  Bob was a graduate of Morrisville College and a member of the National Guard Reserves.  Bob and his late wife Dorothy fostered over 126 children.  Bob retired from Williams Garage that he owned and operated for over fifty years. Bob was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (Holmes) and daughter Tina.  Bob leaves behind his sons: Patrick (Shelly), Scott (Carol), Marty (Patricia), Donald (Tina), and his daughters: Roberta (Kosta), Suzette (Lee), Angela and Kathryn; his grandchildren:  Taryn, Meghan, Nicholas, Ari, Cody, Marty, Ian, Lauren, Zachary, Jeremy, Kanehratentha, Nicole Brown, Connor, Brianna and Brooke along with a slew of great grandchildren, foster children and grand foster children. Whether you knew him as Bob, Mr. Williams, or Bompa he was a person you were surely not to forget.  He undoubtedly made his presence known in every room he walked in with that unforgettable deep voice. Bob was a proud 50 year plus member of the Chittenango Rotary Club. A special thank you to the people at The Centers at St. Camillus for their loving care and support during his final days.  Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Zimmer Funeral Home for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time. Calling hours will be 4-6 pm Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home, 702 Legion Drive, Chittenango. Graveside services will be 10:00 am Friday at Oakwood Cemetery, Chittenango.

                                                              G.F. ZIMMER F.H.

                                                      CHITTENANGO 315-687-3366


    A letter to my brother, Bob: I can´t remember a time I didn't love you! I can´t remember a time I didn't love being with you! I choose to remember you in your heyday: deep booming voice, a strut befitting the biggest star in Hollywood, a smile/hug/kiss on the cheek for any person you met who you knew, your ability to give solace to the inconsolable, your love of country and all children and your pride in being a Rotarian. I choose to remember you in happy vignettes: Picking me up at the airport, cooler with food and drinks at hand, as we traveled to the Cape to spend a week at Peg`s house. All the way there we told stories and laughed; Sitting in your breezeway on a warm summer night watching (what we KNEW were) UFOs in the sky; The many funny, extemporaneous speeches you gave (in your booming bass voice) where two or more people were gathered; Sitting in Fred´s barbershop while you had a haircut, trading quips with both of you; Going to the summer concerts in the park, listening to the music and enjoying sausage sandwiches from the Rotary chuck wagon; having dinner with you and Peg on the deck at her house; your pride at being a loyal Rotarian and your insistence I attend meetings with you whenever I was in town; your joy in building your new home; the pleasure you took in just being alive! ......and so many more .... Life changed following your carotid artery surgery when you began to show signs of dementia. I still visited as often as I could and enjoyed being with you and taking long rides with you and Peg all around Chittenango. We visited the Chittenango Falls, Lucky Moon farm, the goat farm, etc., etc. After you were placed in the nursing home, I knew your the number of your days were short.... And when I heard of the morphine, I know your days had turned to hours. I am so sorry that on 5/26/22, when I called, the individual who knew I was on the phone, hung up, preventing me from telling you "I love you" and "goodbye" one last time. I hope you knew it was me calling. In your honor, I have made a donation to the Chittenango Scholarship Fund to help a needy student. I am glad that I saw you recently! There is no need for me to come back for your funeral as you will not be there. You will live forever in my heart and my mind. I miss you! I will miss you until the end of my days on earth! Wherever you will be, perhaps you will see our sister, Joyce, who per-deceased us. There are those of us who loved and will also miss you: Your sister Eileen (Brian) Peg McCarthy (whom you loved and who loved you in return) Ak'ira (Tricia) A man you had raised from childhood and called you son) Nephews, nieces and grand- children: Christopher, Jacqui, Kathryn, Leslie, Randy, Terry, Jeffery, Chris, Joyce, Ak'ira jr, Na'shaun, Willie, Ka'nan....and me.... Dorothy-Jo