OSSINING, N.Y. -- Bobby Williams of Ossining died Sept. 10. He was 70.
In Tribute to Bobby Williams,
Earlier this month, a bright light of goodwill and decency was lost in Ossining and to all the people that knew him.
Bobby Williams was a person of infinite goodwill. He was also smart, but with that intellect he was given a speech impediment that made it hard for him to express himself.
People who did not know him thought he might be a bit slow or unable to form a thought.
Far from it. Bobby had more to say in fewer words than many people had to say that could talk all night.
Ossining is a melting pot in its own right, and as such, it has many people and opinions. In all the years of working in Ossining, from natural disasters to human-inflicted conflict, Bobby Williams would generally weigh-in.
And if you were listening, you would pay attention to him.
It was our privilege to work with Bobby on a regular basis. If Bobby did not agree, he would make his point.
Many times, he had a very good point to make, and we benefited from his participation. If Bobby would agree, he would let you know and he would stand up for that point of view, even if unpopular.
There was a quiet respect for Bobby Williams, and it was hard to tell if it came from his intellect or if it came from his basic civility.
Bobby served as an inspiration, and his quiet demeanor was a great disguise for his political activism.
Our thanks to Malissia and all of Bobby’s family for sharing him with the community.
He leaves a large footprint of wisdom for us to enjoy.
With Regards, Friends of Bobby Williams
Jos. Burton, Police Chief (ret); Gennaro Faiella; Maryann Roberts; Jerry Smith; T.G. Barnes, Esq; Penny Markowitz-Moses; Miguel Hernandez; Gene Napolitano; Ernest McFadden; Linda Abels; Rick Herbek; Mike Zarin, Esq.; O. Paul Shew and all the friends of Bobby.