The Obit For Bob Williams

Robert J. "Bob" Williams

The Buffalo News, Monday, July 2, 2012


Robert J. "Bob" Williams, a decorated Buffalo police officer and a director of the Police Athletic League (PAL) at Cazenovia Park, died
Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 76.

A South Buffalo native, Mr. Williams attended Bishop Timon High School and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1954.

After graduating, he played professional baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization for three years. After he was injured, Mr. Williams returned to Buffalo and worked for City Hall in the Recreation and Parks Department.

In 1967, he became a police officer, working primarily in the old Precinct 15 and in South Buffalo. He retired in 2001.

For 28 years, he was the PAL director of the baseball program at Cazenovia Park.

Mr. Williams achieved All-Catholic honors in baseball at Bishop Timon and St. Francis, and for many years, he played for and managed many baseball teams in Western New York.
Two baseball diamonds at Cazenovia Park are named in honor of him and his father, Edwin "Cy." Also, Mr. Williams was one of the first inductees voted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame.

During his time as PAL director, Mr. Williams supported, coached and mentored hundreds of young boys and girls.

An avid reader, he was a member of the Police Benevolent Association. He also received the Heroism Award from the Buffalo Police Department.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda Hopkins and Michelle Dickson; two sons, Robert and Tim; three brothers, Jim, Thomas and Edwin; and two sisters Janet Gorski and Maureen Denman.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Monday in St. Martin Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road, Buffalo.