Robert Hayden Williams
July 11, 2007
Robert Hayden Williams, loving husband and father, died Tuesday, July 3, of natural causes at the age of 81 years. Robert lived the last ten years in Oregon, living between Cape Mears and the downtown Portland Area. While in Portland, he enjoyed the city in no small measure, often attending the Symphony the Opera. He had a unique relationship with Portland State University as a member of the Friends of the Library and the PSU Foundation. He also served on the committee to select a new librarian.
Prior to his residence in Portland, Robert lived in Coalville, Utah for 18 years and served as Summit County Treasurer. He also co-founded the KPCW public radio station in Park City, where he would broadcast a weekly classical music program. Robert also owned Ryan’s Bar and Dolly’s Bookstore on Main Street. His primary career was as an insurance broker to the entertainment industry from 1952 to 1979 in Los Angeles, California, where he worked for the Fireman’s Fund, CBS, and as owner and president of the Albert G. Ruben Company. In this capacity, Robert worked with some of the great talent agencies and studios in Hollywood, and innovated preproduction insurance for the movie industry. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 1947, and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was born to Lida and Frank O. Williams, Oct. 31, 1925, in Kingston, Pennsylvania moving soon thereafter to Maplewood, New Jersey, living there until he went to college.
Robert is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan Hackett Williams of Portland Oregon, sons Kenneth Shales of Portland, Oregon; Mayor Robert Dana of Park City, Utah; Evan David of Salt Lake City, Utah; Todd Jeffery of Los Angeles, Calif.; Grant Edward of San Diego, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family wishes to express a warm thanksgiving to all who have contributed to the life and times of this wonderful man and to assure each one of them that they are remembered well through the memories, stories, and attributes each gave to him in his life. These gifts remain in us now and we are forever grateful to you all. Our lives will be his memorial.
The Williams Family