Remembering Robin Williams One Year After His Passing
“O’ Captain! My Captain.”
Today, his friends and fans are honoring the late comedian who breathed so much joy into our lives. Sarah Michelle Gellar kicked off the tributes with a photo of the iconic bench from his film Good Will Hunting. She added a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson in the caption, paying homage to Williams’ success as an influential public figure.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better wether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded” #Emerson You succeeded RW #RobinWilliams
“You succeeded RW“
Gellar’s post was followed by words from John Stamos,
Actor Adam Rose,
Chris Rankin, from Harry Potter,
The Today Show,
Comedienne Margaret Cho,
Williams’ daughter Zelda announced three weeks ago on Instagram that she would be taking a reprieve from social media to meditate in solitude as the somber anniversary approached.
Kinda hoping I fly thru that very cloud on the way home ✈️ on another note, I will be taking a break from social media in the coming weeks. It’s a time better served away from the opinions or sentiments of others, and I appreciate your understanding. In my absence, I understand there will be those who wish to leave messages regarding Dad on my board, but please attempt to be respectful and kind to one another in the process, both because I will not be here to delete or mediate trolling, and because kindness is in short supply these days anyhow 😋 Thanks guys. Buh-bye now! ❤️
His son Zak Williams recently told People that the family is coping by staying positive, focusing on “the joyful moments and memories”. “We’re moving through the process of healing and recovering,” Zak says, crediting “wonderful friends and family” for their unending support.
Williams’ son has been giving back to the community in his father’s honor by teaching finance classes to incarcerated individuals at San Quentin State Prison every week. “I come from an entitled background where I could have not worked hard — just coasted for a chunk of my life,” Williams explained in an interview with Today. “But I opted to take pride and joy in the work that I do and to establish accountability.”
“I think [my father] would have loved the program and loved participating; we know he’s there in their spirit.”
Launch the gallery featured above to time travel through Robin Williams’ most memorable roles.