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Robert (Bob) W. Williams passed away on 3/25/2015, one day after his 86th
birthday. Robert Williams was a native Floridian born on 3/24/1929 in the
Ybor City area of Tampa, FL. One of 16 brothers and sisters, Bob knew that
he did not want to stay at his family farm. After graduation from
Hillsborough High School in 1946 he served in the US Army then was accepted
into the United States Air Force for flight school. A graduate of Florida
Southern College with a B.S. in Physical Education and Rollins College with
an M.S. degree in School Administration, Robert went on to educate students
from 1956 to his retirement in 1991. Over the course of 35 years of service
in the Orange County Public Schools he served as a teacher and coach at
both Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High School and Ocoee Jr.- Sr. High School, Assistant
Principal at Walker Junior High School and Principal of Ocoee Middle School.
After 20 years as the Principal of Ocoee Middle School he retired to a busy
life of golf and travel. During his tenure at Ocoee Middle School he coined
the slogan "Ocoee Middle School, where the Best get Better" and every
morning began the day announcements with his signature cheerful greeting
"It's another beautiful day at Ocoee Middle School."
Bob had at the gift of finding two wonderful women throughout his lifetime.
His wife, Dorothy Williams, preceded in him in death in 1991. Together they
had their only child Carol McGowin. Following the death of his wife Robert
met Anne Hamilton of Winter Park, FL and they had a long and wonderful
relationship until he fell ill with dementia.
Robert loved life and he loved his town of Ocoee, FL. His humor, grace,
integrity and love will be missed by his sister Gladys Bell of Macon,
Georgia; his daughter Carol McGowin of Winter Garden, Fl; son-in-law Dan
McGowin of Winter Garden, FL and grandchildren Valerie and Gregory McGowin
of Vero Beach, FL and Blacksburg,VA respectively.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, April 3, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at
Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home in Winter Garden. Funeral Services will be
held Saturday April 4, 2015 at 11am at First United Methodist Church of
Winter Garden, 125 N. Lakeview Avenue, Winter Garden, FL 34787. You may
honor Bob Williams with flowers, a donation to Alzheimer's and Dementia
Resource Center, Orlando or the Ocoee High School Angel Fund.
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