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Robert “Will” Lyde Williams


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Robert “Willy” Lyde Williams, age 80, passed away Friday June 8, 2018 in Melbourne Beach.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY June 17, 1937.

He served in the Navy from 1954-1958.  Robert worked as an arborist, tree surgeon with the Essex County Parks in Newark, New Jersey.  Married his beautiful bride, Linda in 1969.  He was an avid Harley Rider, enjoyed his many retirement years fishing, riding motorcycles with friends, and spending time with family.  He was quick to help others and was known as the neighborhood handyman.

Robert is survived by his wife, Linda, three children: Mark Williams, Jennifer Williams, Giuli-Ann Marchiano, and his sister Marlene Marsch. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Lucas and Kyle Williams, Mia and Ella Marchiano.

Services will be held at Immaculate Conception, 3780 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 on Wednesday June 13th at 2pm.  The interment will be at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery 5525 US-1, Mims, FL 32754 on Thursday June 14th at 10:30am, with US Navy Honors.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Will’s memory to the National Kidney Foundation. Kidney Foundation


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Lorraine and Robert Wright

June 11, 2018, 4:47 pm

Dear Linda, Marc, Jennifer and Giuliano-Ann,

I will truly miss him, he was my older and delightfully funny cousin. Reminiscing about the family could go in many directions, but any direction brought warmth and humor. He was his own man, he was an original and he wanted to live life on his terms.

Linda, we love you. You were a gift to Robert, you took such good care of him and he knew it. He would say, “I don’t know how she does it.” But he knew how good he had it. We hope you will carve out a life for yourself, allow yourself to be nurtured by your children, entertained by your grandchildren and comforted by God and your church–you are special.

Marlene, losing two brothers in such a short time leaves a hole that you probably won’t be able to fill. I know you have tons of good memories to cling to, and I know that Ron will be by your side to comfort you and dry your tears. You were a good sister, your offer to give Robert one of your kidneys was big, and he knew how big it was even though it wasn’t viable. You will be in my prayers, I know how much I miss Vin, that little guy left a big hole and you have two to fill.

Cindy Jewell

June 11, 2018, 8:05 pm

Linda, Daryl and I was so sorry to hear about Will passing. We always enjoyed seeing y’all when we were visiting family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.

Amy Voinier

June 11, 2018, 8:15 pm

Dear Linda, Mark, Jennifer & Giuli-Ann,

Words cannot express my saddness for the loss of your loving husband and father. “Papa Williams” is one of the best men I have ever known. I have endless childhood memories with your family and will cherish them always. I am blessed to have had Willy in my life and will always remember him with great love and endless respect. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in eachother during this difficult time. I love you all and I am here if you need anything.

Eric Hendricksen

June 12, 2018, 8:48 pm

Dear Linda,

I believe Willy was about 56 when we started riding together and we became close friends quickly.
At the time I was about 34 and he always told me the way to stay young is to hang with younger people and he was right.
I really valued his friendship and I knew he was a true friend over the years and a very loving family man.
I will always remember the good times we had and how you and Will always opened your home to us.
I will deeply miss him but I know he is in a better place now with my Linda having a cup of the nectar of the gods (coffee)
I am very sorry for your loss.

Stuart Crawford

June 13, 2018, 9:24 am

There are people that come and go through our lives that change who we are… Will was one of those friends for me.

A fishing buddy, a confidante, an inspiration to always try new things and forever be positive.

Some thought it was strange to have a best friend that was more than twice my age, but Will was one of a few people that I connected to and could enjoy every minute of hanging out.

My thoughts are with Linda and her family. I will always have warm memories of coffee at the table before our fishing trips years back.

Love you, Will. Rest In Peace my friend.

Carol Barnes

June 13, 2018, 10:14 am

Linda,I am so sorry to hear about Will.He was a truly great guy.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Peace and love be with you. Carol Davis Barnes

Mary Ann Marchiano

June 14, 2018, 6:04 am

Dear Linda, Mark, Jennifer and Giuli-Ann,
Words can’t express the sadness I feel for the loss of Robert. He was a true friend to me and my family, especially my son, and his son-in-law Michael. His love for his family was overwhelming. When he saw them or spoke of them the expression on his face was illuminating. He treated everyone with kindness and compassion, and was truly loved by all. God Bless Him Always…….Rest in Peace My Friend,

Buddy fetch

June 15, 2018, 12:12 pm

Buddy fetch.

Linda,so sad to hear ,about Willy passing,when I think of him,I think about the times we had over the years.was glad when u both came to Jersey ,n we had a chance to visit condolence to the Williams family

Dominick (hooker) Palumbo

June 24, 2018, 10:56 am

Linda and family so sorry to hear about Wills passing I was one to be grateful to have known Will for over 50 years.Will had the one laugh that you could not duplicate, me and penny will miss him.He would always call her when she was in fla to invite her over weather it was for coffee or not to spend a holiday by herself. Bless you and your family

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