Robert J. "Studebaker Bob" Williams



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Robert J. Williams “Studebaker Bob” Rochester: Monday, December 30, 2019. Predeceased by his parents, John and Florence Williams. Survived by his siblings, Catherine (William) Woznicki, Ginny (David) Gugel, Richard (Diane) Williams; nephews, Brian (Amy) Gugel and Andrew (Jennifer) Gugel; many dear friends. Friends may call Monday (Jan 6th) 9:30-10:00 AM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road, where his Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of the Funeral Home. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in his memory. For more information and to sign Bob’s online guestbook, visit To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Robert Williams, please visit our Tribute Store.


  1. Fred Kohlmeier on January 3, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    My condolences to the whole’Williams’ family. It has been a long time since I saw
    Bob, but I really loved when he brought around the Franklin or any of his car collection. He was so enthusiastic about all his cars that it was infectious.I loved the way he spoke about them. He was such a kind soul, i’m sorry the way that he was treated. God bless him as he tries to negotiate getting a studebaker to drive in heaven. Love and rememberances , Fred Kohlmeier

  2. David Hutchinson on January 4, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I am deeply saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. I have known Bob on and off for nearly 40 years. He was such a kind and gentle person who was very proud of his vintage car collection. When I think of Bob it will always be of him driving his blue Studebaker Lark with a smile on his face. My sincere condolences to Bob’s family on his loss.

  3. Dave Kolchuk on January 5, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Bob’s family. I’m very surprised and sorry to hear of his passing. Though I haven’t seen him lately, I’ve known Bob since our high school days when we graduated from Aquinas in 1960. In the years that followed our paths would often cross due to his love of cars, especially Studebakers. He was always so enthusiastic about his car collection and taught me much. I also remember his Hudson and the 1930 Franklin which I got to drive once. A memorable experience!

    Bob was always friendly, sociable, and helpful. May God bless him and keep him in peace always.

  4. Doug Scarson on January 5, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Bob the Lord is waiting for your Studebaker expertise up there in the heavens. I have known Robert and his family since the 60’s and he was always teaching me something new about car’s. All of our times together were "memorable" to say the least. Rest easy my friend. I am sure there are politics and cars in your future with you and the Lord above. Good keep.

  5. Steve Kelley on January 6, 2020 at 3:43 am

    My condolences to Bob’s family, I knew him through his interest in Studebaker and other antique cars, which we shared. When I chanced to see him at a show, I would greet him "Well, if it isn’t the Famous Studebaker Bob!" His reply would be "Am I famous?" That was our standard set piece, always an interesting conversation with him, he was broadly knowledgeable. He gave me a ride in his 1930 Franklin to a show years ago. He was a good conservator and steward of American automotive history and well be always remembered well for his efforts.

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