Robert Paul Williams

Born: Fri., Sep. 5, 1930
Died: Sat., Sep. 18, 2021


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Robert Paul Williams, 91, passed away on Saturday September 18, 2021, at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown, NY.

Bob was born to Paul and Geneva Pierce Williams on September 5, 1930, and grew up on the family farm in Spring Creek Township. He attended the Cobbs Corners School, a one room school for grades 1-8, and then he attended Youngsville High School.

His father moved the family to Youngsville and built an auto body shop and used car dealership. Bob joined the National Guard in Warren, and when the Korean War started, his unit was federalized. While serving, he volunteered for jump school and became an Airborne Ranger, serving in the 12th Airborne Ranger Company.  During the war, he attained the level of Master Sergeant.

After his discharge, he went into partnership with his dad and formed Williams and Sons Motor Sales. They became a local dealer for Willys cars, trucks and Jeeps, and later acquiring a franchise to sell International Trucks.

Bob left the dealership and started a long haul trucking business. Years later, he had a fleet of 8 semi-rigs, hauling Pennsylvania hardwood into Canada and returning with Canadian softwood. He then started a lumber yard, selling lumber. During the same time, he received a franchise to sell Diamond Rio heavy trucks.

Bob was proud of his trucks with the multi-color paint jobs and chrome trim. For many years, he put them in the Warren 4Th of July Parade hauling different Youngsville Sports teams. He also had a collection of classic cars

Ever the entrepreneur, Bob branched into building “ready-made decks” and sold them for years, managing the business right up until the very end.

Bob also entered the political arena. He served 4 terms as Mayor of Youngsville, and one term as Warren County Commissioner. He led the fund drive to build the Hilltop Park and Swimming Pool. He donated the lumber to build the Island Park Pavilion and deck over the Brokenstraw Creek. He was active in the local Republican Party. His credo was to streamline government, reduce costs, and cut taxes.

He was a military history buff and enjoyed reading books and watching movies about the military. He kept contact with fellow Korean War Rangers and was elected president of the Korean War Airborne Ranger Association. For years, he organized the “Ranger Roundup” reunions. His uniform hangs on the wall in his house.

In recent years, Bob had cut back on his business enterprise and enjoyed driving around the countryside and going out to dinner with his companion, Patsy Sorenson. He maintained an avid interest in business and politics. He had a number of serious health problems, but he was almost always able to tough it out. He discovered religion late in life and he encouraged other people to “get right with the lord’. He wanted to be ready when his time came.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Priscilla (Pud) Dove Wilson Williams, a son Dewey Williams, a step son Toby Wilson, and a sister Holly McKissock Hipple.

Surviving are sister’s Jeannine Pollack of New York City and Diana McKissock of Warren; brother Bruce Williams of Warren; a son Robert B. (Robbie) Williams of Irvine; two daughters Callie Williams and Roxann Mace, both of Youngsville. Also surviving is his longtime companion, Patsy Sorenson; 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; step-children Scott Wilson of Youngsville, Toni(David)Wilson Gruber of Macedon, NY, Terri(Bill)Gordon of Warren, Jamie(Scott)Wilson of Florida.

Due to Covid, a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Youngsville Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Youngsville American Legion Honor Guard. A Public Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date
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June & Gib Mason
   Posted Tue September 21, 2021
To Bruce , Diane and all the Williams families,
Our deepest of condolences go out to you all during this sad time.

Denny Lore
   Posted Tue September 21, 2021
Robbie, Callie, Roxann, Scott, Toni, Terri, Jamie and the entire Williams famiy, you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go thru this sad time. My friendship with Bob started when he had the garage with his Dad and it grew over the years!! He will be missed. R.I.P. Bob

Gail E Pangborn
   Posted Wed September 22, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I enjoyed having Bob over to camp with Elmer for dinner, and listening to his stories. Bob was a great man!

Peggy Nelson
   Posted Wed September 22, 2021
Bob showed his love for the Youngsville community, Warren County and the USA through service. We have lost a true public servant.

My sincere condolences to his family.

Bob Jagt
   Posted Wed September 22, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Williams Family with the passing of The Mayor , I have fond memories of his stories of being in the war ,in public office , family and God , among other things. We talked everyday on the phone for many years as his trucks were heading from Milton Ontario ( Canada ) back to the U.S.A . It is my prayer that God will surround you with His peace as you all grieve his passing. Kind regards Bob Jagt ( Taiga Building Products- Milton Ontario , Canada .

Heather Plucinski
   Posted Thu September 23, 2021

Medium Basket Garden was sent by Plucinskis.

Love to Robbie, Roxanne, Callie, and the rest of the Williams clan. Tim, Heather, Zach, and Ben Plucinski


Wilbur and Dora Devore
   Posted Thu September 23, 2021
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bob. He was a dear friend as well as our business neighbor on Route 6. It was always a joy to talk with him on the phone or when we’d visit in person. God bless each and every one of you. He will be missed very much.

Jackie Slagle
   Posted Thu September 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to you all. My late husband (Dick) and I enjoyed his friendship through the years. The stories of his family, his military service, his "ready to meet his maker" , his experiences in life were always close to his heart. Jackie Slagle

Paul and June Natale
   Posted Tue September 28, 2021
Youngsville has lost it's greatest supporter. Bob was a very good Mayor who put countless hours and manpower into making Youngsville a great place to live. He was a mentor to many people including myself. I enjoyed working with him while I was on Council and visiting with him through the years. He was a proud Army Ranger!!! He will be missed by all who knew him. Sending you our sympathy and prayers.

Jay and Julie Champion
   Posted Tue September 28, 2021
We are very sorry for the loss of your dad. May your memories bring you comfort. You all are in our prayers and thoughts

Bob Kellerman
   Posted Sat October 09, 2021
Condolences and sympathy to Bob's entire family. 65 years ago, Bob hired me to wash his trucks. Along the way, he taught this 13 year old kid how to drive a semi. Rest in Peace Bob.

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