Robert N. Williams, Jr.

September 2, 2021
Robert N. Williams, Jr.

Robert Williams, 91, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully in Williamsburg, VA on September 2, 2021.

He was born on February 10, 1930 to Robert N. Williams, Sr. and Constance Gibbs Miller in Milwaukee, WI. Robert graduated from the University School in Milwaukee, Hamilton College and Stanford University. He also served as a Lieutenant in the Navy on the USS Princeton.

He married Sharon (Caufield) Williams and raised his three children in Longmeadow, MA and New Canaan, CT. He retired to Skidaway Island and then Williamsburg, VA where Sharon predeceased him.

He married Susan Stanhope Garrett in 2004 and they spent 17 happy years in Williamsburg.

Upon moving to Williamsburg Robert followed his passion of US History and volunteered at Historic Jamestowne for years. He continued his love of gardening, traveling and cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers. He treasured his many lifelong friends but most of all he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife Susan and three children: Paige W. Hebert of San Francisco, Geoffrey W. Williams of Richmond, VA and Quimby (John) Margaretten of San Francisco; six grandchildren Bo and Geoff Hebert, Riley and Colson Williams and Libby and Olivia Margaretten; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Bucktrout of Williamsburg and burial will be in Longmeadow, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name can be made to Historic Jamestowne in Jamestown, VA or the Benevolence Fund at Williamsburg Landing.


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  • September 09, 2021
    Laura Rooney says:
    I send much love to Paige, Geoff and Quimby, with wonderful memories especially of the summer of 1972 when I visited you in Longmeadow. Susan, Rob was a lucky man to find love again in his life; I know you gave him so much. Love to you all, and I hope we can connect in the days to come, your cousin Laura (Gibbs Rooney)

  • September 10, 2021
    Peter Williams says:
    I remember Rob, (Bob) as a gentle, intelligent uncle who always had a twinkle in his eye. We knew him as Rob. Most recently I visited him when he was in Williamsburg and we had dinner together. I was in town for my past wife’s (Eda) family reunion. Our short visit ended when he gave me multiple boxes of genealogical research for brother Nick to be transported back to Wisconsin. We had a very nice, but all too short visit. Rob was very lucky to find another wonderful gal, Susan. With much love to all of the Eastern Williams family…

  • September 10, 2021
    Peter Williams says:
    I remember Rob (Bob) as my Dad’s younger brother. Over the years we met here and there. I always remember Rob as a cheerful, intelligent, gentle person with a twinkle in his eye. He was very lucky to find another love (Susan). A few years ago, when I was involved in my wife’s (Eda) family reunion in Williamsburg / Jamestown I stopped by for a dinner date with Rob. I remember chatting about family history and that he had done a lot of research. After dinner I loaded boxes of his genealogical research into my station wagon for a trip back to the Midwest. Rob wanted brother Nick to have the documents and wanted to ensure they were safely delivered to him for his family genealogy research project. Little did we know, at the time we would find 6 Mayflower ancestors and 34 Revolutionary War Patriots in our ancestral line. (Some of which were from the Williams side and others from my maternal line. We will all miss him. Love to all our Eastern Willams family and my sincere condolences for your great loss. Peter Williams