Wednesday, July 10th, 2013...7:26 am
Robert V. Williams, ’41
Dr. Robert Vincent Williams, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died July 5, 2013.
He was born in Norwalk, CT on September 19, 1919 to his parents Augusta
Vincent Williams and Dr. Robert James Williams. He died peacefully on July
5, 2013 after ninety-three years, living a full and accomplished life. He
grew up in Hartford, graduated from Buckley High School and attended the
Citadel in SC. He graduated from Temple University, College of Dentistry,
Philadelphia, PA, earning his DDS. In addition he was President of the Jr.
American Dental Assoc., and was a member of Xi Psi Phi fraternity, the
Kolmer Honorary Society, and the Cameron Society of Oral Surgery. Dr.
Williams served in the Army with the 382nd Regiment in Okinawa and Korea
during WWII. After the war Dr. Williams moved to South Windsor, CT building
the first professional center in town, the Wapping Professional Center where
he saw patients for twenty years. Bob or Doc , as his many friends called
him, was active in his community. He headed the South Winsor Industrial
Commission, was a director of the Rockville Bank, was Chairman of the South
Windsor School Board, and was the first president of Rotary, receiving the
Paul Harris Fellow Award, and achieved the fourth degree within the Knights
of Columbus. In 1972 he moved to Ponte Vedra, FL where for the next 20 years
Dr. Williams had a rich and productive career, employing, training and
mentoring many young assistants, hygienists and dentists. He founded
Denticare of Florida the first prepaid dental insurance plan in the state,
providing affordable dental care for thousands in seven states. Bob is
survived by his wife Rosita Deets of 69 years; four children, Sharon Kennedy
(Eldon), Robert Jr. (Barbara), Margaret Lehosit (Charlie) and Marianne;
brother, Vincent Williams of Winter Park, FL; and was blessed by his eight
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Bob and Deets lived in Ponte
Vedra for 40 years, the last 13 at Vicar s Landing. He was a member of both
the Ponte Vedra Club and Sawgrass CC, and was a member of Our Lady Star of
the Sea Catholic Church. The couple traveled extensively through the US,
Europe, South America and Indonesia. Bob loved his Jaguars, golf and bridge.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013 in
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests donations to be made to Vicar s Scholarship Fund, 1000 Vicar s
Landing Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Services under the direction and
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