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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Williamson, a loving father, partner, grandfather. Big Bob passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2024, at the age of 70, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, laughter, and cherished memories. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of 35 years, Sharon Williamson and survived by his loving partner Holli Griffith. He was the proud father of Heather Williamson (Shane Laur), Laura Russell (Matt Russell), and Ryan Williamson (Kate Columbus), and grandfather of Zac, Lillia, Briella & Emma. Dear brother of Anne Douglas and brother-in-law of Lloyd Dicker (June Holmes). Predeceased by his parents Gerald and Myrtle Williamson.

He was a pillar of strength and guidance, always providing unwavering support and encouragement to his children in every aspect of their lives.

One of Bob’s greatest passions was his dedication to youth in sports. For over 55 years, he selflessly volunteered his time and expertise to mentor and coach young athletes, leaving an indelible impact on their lives. His commitment to fostering a spirit of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and personal growth will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Beyond his involvement in sports, Bob was known for his infectious sense of humor and his fondness for playing tricks on everyone around him. His big laugh could light up a room, bringing joy to even the gloomiest of days. He had a way of finding humor in the simplest of moments and never failed to bring a smile to the faces of those around him.

Bob had a heart of gold and a generosity that knew no bounds. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and give selflessly to those in need. His acts of kindness and thoughtfulness touched the lives of many, and his legacy of giving will continue to inspire others to make a difference in the world.

Despite his many accomplishments, Bob remained humble and down to earth. He approached life with a happy disposition, finding joy in the little things and cherishing the moments spent with loved ones. His positive outlook on life was infectious, and he had a way of making everyone feel valued and loved.

Bob will be deeply missed by his children, grandchildren, extended family, friends, the hockey community, and all those whose lives he touched. His legacy of love, laughter, and generosity will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the youth sports charity of your choice in honour of Bob's commitment to youth in sports, or to the Kidney Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at

May Bob's soul rest in eternal peace, and may his memory continue to inspire us all to live each day with love, laughter, and a giving spirit.