The city of Scottsdale lost a valued friend on Oct. 10, when long-time volunteer Bob Williams passed away.
Since 2006, Mr. Williams was a volunteer at the Granite Reef Senior Center.
Among the many hats he wore in the community, specifically his volunteerism with the senior center included running the Friendship Group, leading the Wise Walkers club, assisting in the lunch room on a weekly basis, participating in the Intergenerational Pen Pal program, working as a peer counselor and assisting at the front desk as a warm and friendly concierge, said Kristy Hahn-McDonald.
Among other duties, Mr. Williams was very instrumental with the brain injury population.
After battling a debilitating brain injury that ended his career, he started his own support group and was extremely passionate about fundraising for the AZ Brain Injury Association and the HARP Foundation.
“On average he volunteered 30 hours a week in the community,” said Ms. Hahn-McDonald. “What was most impressive about this man wasn’t just his strong commitment to his role as a volunteer, but was his positive attitude and inspiration to others.”
Mr. Williams had a sense of humor and caring nature that made a mark on the Granite Reef Senior Center, she said.
“Each of us identified with the desire to be a better person because of Bob and the impact he made on everyone he encountered,” she said.
“The feelings expressed by seniors and staff were all the same, ‘he made each of us feel special, like we were the most important people on earth.’”
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.