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Robert Stanley Williams II

University Park, Fla. — Robert Stanley “Bob” Williams, 75, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014. He was born Feb. 21, 1939 to Robert Williams and Maybelle (Neurath)

Bob graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven HS in N.J. and then attended the University of Vermont. Bob spent most of his career in the construction equipment industry. He started out with Foley Machinery Co in New Jersey. He then went on to start New England Equipment Co in White River, Jct., Vt. New England Equipment soon became one of the top John Deere Equipment dealers in the United States, winning many awards for excellence.

After selling New England Equipment he went on to work for Milton Caterpillar before founding another successful business with his sons, International Construction Equipment (ICE). At ICE, he was most proud to work alongside his sons, Rob and David. Bob was a highly respected member of the construction equipment industry with friends and colleagues from all around the world.

In addition to his work, Bob served on the Town Council of Colts Neck, N.J. and the Board of Directors of the Marble Bank in Vermont. He loved gardening, boating, cooking and travelling with his family. Bob was most passionate about his family and celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in 2012 with Barbara and the rest of his family in Tuscany, Italy.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Bergen); two sons, Robert Williams III and wife, Allison, and David Williams and wife, Pam; his parents Robert and Maybelle Williams; and two grandchildren, Margaret and Matthew.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at The Church of the Palms, Sarasota, Fla.