Williams, Robert E. III

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Dr. Robert E. Williams III, age 36, passed away peacefully at his home on January 1, 2020. Born in Denville, N.J. he grew up and lived the majority of his life in Sparta.

As a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, he was an Alter Server for 7 years, dedicated volunteer for church events, and loved Sister Ruth as a grandmother.

A graduate of Sparta High School in 2002, Robert continued his education, earning a Bachelors and Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University graduating summa cum laude. Upon graduation, he was employed by the Veterans Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., to conduct a 3-year research project for disabled veterans.

Always interested in medicine, Robert changed careers and attended St George’s University School of Medicine graduating cum laude in June 2016. Dr. Williams began his residency in family medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center/ Mountainside, but due to medical problems had to postpone completion. During this time, he volunteered at the Free Clinic in Newton and was an adjunct professor at the County Colleges of Morris and Sussex teaching Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology. During his recovery from reconstructive pelvis surgery, he worked part time at Dominoes in Andover and was grateful for their wholehearted support and friendship. At the time of his passing, Dr. Williams was looking forward to completing his residency starting in 2020.

Pre deceased by his father Robert E. Williams Jr. in 2007, he leaves behind his beloved mother Agnes T. Williams of Sparta, his daughter Gracemarie Williams, and sister Cynthia Hollar and husband Bill of Milford PA. Also surviving are brothers Darren Reap of Sparta, Ronald Reap and wife Kamila of Leadville, Co. He was an uncle to Erin, Ryan, Samantha, and Michael.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St. (Rt. 206) Newton, NJ. A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com

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