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Obituary of Robert Jene Williams
Robert Jene Williams (Bob), 89, recently of Tempe, AZ, passed away peacefully on 7 January 2021
after a brief illness.
Bob was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to Joslyn Justis Williams and Dolores Marie Williams
(nee Dugan) on 30 October 1931, a brother to Josyln Jr. The family lived in Williamstown NJ and
Haddonfield NJ. Bob attended Philadelphia Friends School, Ursinus College and University of
Pennsylvania Law School. He also served in the Army Reserves during the Korean War.
Bob married Shirley Geraldine Fiedler on 8 August 1953 in Pitman, NJ, having met as students at
Ursinus College. Bob and Shirley started their married life in Camden, NJ and the Germantown area
of Philadelphia, and then moved to the family home in Haddonfield NJ in 1960. Bob, Shirley and
their young daughters then moved to Deerfield, IL in 1971. In 1998, Bob and Shirley returned to their
East Coast roots and moved to Cape May Court House, NJ. Bob moved to Tempe in 2014 where his
daughter Sara lives.
After graduating from law school in 1956, Bob first went into private practice in Camden, NJ where
he also worked as a county Voluntary Defender for those who could not afford legal representation.
Bob left private practice to work as Legal Counsel for the Reading Company in Philadelphia, which
owned the Reading Railroad. He left the Reading in 1969 to join Trailer Train Company (now TTX
Company), where he served as Trailer Train’s first General Counsel until his retirement from TTX in
Bob was involved in the Society of the Mayflower and Sons of the American Revolution. He also
belonged to the Signey Run Sports Car Club, which was based in South Jersey, and participated in
many rallies and concourse events in his yellow TR250. His great passion was boating, from rowing
boats to power boats - as long as it floated, Bob was happy.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, his brother Joslyn Jr, and his parents. He is survived by
his daughters Robin Peters and Sara Chesterfield, and his grandchildren Christopher Newton and
A memorial service will be held with a date and venue to be announced. Instead of flowers, a
Memorial Gift or other donation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(ASPCA) would be appreciated: https://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give