OBITUARY

Robert "Steve" Williams

13 July, 194711 June, 2021

Robert Stephen Williams, 73, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away on June 11, 2021. He was born on July 13, 1947 in Kansas City, Kansas to Robert and Kathryn Williams. Steve is survived by his lifelong partner of 50 years, Jerry Alford; his Mom, Kathryn; brother, Chris and his wife Stella; and their 3 daughters, Sarah, Kristen, and Lauren. His father, Robert and sister, Vickie, pre deceased him. Steve's family moved to Jacksonville in the late 50's. Steve graduated from Westside High and attended Jacksonville University. He left JU after 2 years to join the Ice Capades. He left the Ice Capades after 2 years to return to JU. He graduated in 1971 with a degree in Elementary Education.

Steve and Jerry moved to New York City where Steve taught 6th grade at Birch Wathen-Lenox School for 20 years, returning to Jacksonville to join the faculty of St. Mark’s Day School, where he taught 5th grade for 30 years before retiring in May. Steve was loved and respected by everybody whose life he touched. He will be greatly missed by all.

A funeral to celebrate Steve’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Avenue, Jacksonville Fl 32210, on June 17, at 10 a.m. The family has requested that face coverings be optional. The service will be live-streamed, and available for viewing on the St. Mark’s website. Following the service, all are welcome to join the family at a reception in Leatherbury Hall. A committal Service will be held at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, 7242 Normandy Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210, following the reception.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in loving memory of Steve may be made to ESJ St. Mark’s Campus, General Scholarship Fund.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hgmandarin.com for the Williams family.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, 17 June , 2021

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Katie Ladd

16 July 2021

Mr. Williams was my fifth grade teacher at St. Mark’s! He was a kind and motivating person and always calm and composed.

I remember him telling us once that everyone ought to live in New York, even if it was just for a little while.

I’ve lived in Brooklyn now for a year and this memory makes me smile. I will always remember him as one of my favorite teachers.

Glenn & Edward Thomas-Clarke

4 July 2021

Steven was my very first friend in NY when I went on a business trip,. A friend recommended I call him.
They invited me to the condo and from then on it was my home away from home.
He was my NY mother.
Rest I peace and our love goes with on your next Broadway opening.

Jeffrey Sakson

4 July 2021

My husband Carlos and I have known Steve and Jerry for 40 years. We count them among our dearest friends, even though we’ve lived on opposite sides of the country for three decades. Steve had a wonderful razor sharp wit, a brilliant mind and an enormous heart. We will miss him tremendously.

Mark Lehman

20 June 2021

Steve Williams was my 6th grade teacher at The Birch Wathen School around 1984. He was tough but really cared about his students. There is a reason why, after all of these years I distinctly remember him in the 6th grade. This was the year I became a good student at Birch. Rest Easy Mr. Williams. The BWL School community owes you a debt of gratitude. Thank you.

Cheryl Liebman

20 June 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Williams. My sister and I both had him as our 6th grade teacher at Birch Wathen. Mr. Williams was so serious and controlled his class to the nth degree, however I once caught him in his little private hallway (as he had an end corner) laughing and joking around with my fifth grade teacher, Ms. Leonard, and I knew instantly that Mr. Williams had a soft side!!! What a gift to have him as our teacher. Sending love to the entire Mr. Williams family.

With Love,
Cheryl Liebman
Class of 1988

Daniel Berk

20 June 2021

Mr. Williams was my 6th grade teacher at Birch Wathen in NYC—and the year was approximately 1983. He was a truly gifted educator and was such a positive force in so many lives, including my life. He expected a lot from his students and you learned to rise to the occasion. May his memory be a blessing to all of those who knew him. My deepest condolences to his family. A very consequential live lived.

Margo Bliss

17 June 2021

Steve was a beautiful person who always had kind words to share when anyone needed them. The kids at St. Mark’s adored him as did all his colleagues. Prayers for his family as I’m sure no one will miss him more than them. He was a true blessing to all who were lucky enough to know him.

Earl Farris

15 June 2021

A wonderful friend.

Sarah Williams

14 June 2021

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