Obituary: Dr. Robert Thomas Latimer
Dr. Robert Thomas Latimer of Montclair, a psychiatrist with a practice in the township and surrounding communities, died peacefully of natural causes on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at his home. He was 91.
Dr. Latimer was born in 1930 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His father, Guillermo Latimer, operated the family coffee plantation, known as “La Pica,” in nearby Jayuya, where Dr. Latimer grew up.
After college he studied medicine at the University of Barcelona, Spain, where he met his future wife of 66 years, Rosa.
After marriage and with two young children, the family returned to the U.S. in 1957, first to Puerto Rico and eventually to a home and medical practice in Montclair.
Dr. Latimer was a therapist, having an office in Cedar Grove, and later went on to become one of the first diplomates of the New Jersey Board of Forensic Psychiatry, his primary field of practice until his retirement in 2010.
He always kept in close contact with his extended family in Puerto Rico and Virginia. He pursued a never-ending quest of seeking new experiences. He loved to travel, spoke several languages, and always tried to embrace other cultures.
He was known for his intellectual curiosity, humor, kindness and generosity. He touched everyone who came into his path with warmth and tried to make them feel special. He enriched everyone — whether telling stories with dramatic flair, reciting poetry or singing songs.
Dr. Latimer was always inviting people to share a meal or even to stay over at his home. One only had to meet him for a few minutes to fall in love with him. He enjoyed many blissful family summers on Cape Cod with the family dog, Chula, and their small outboard boat, the “Ego 1.”
He will be dearly missed.
Dr. Latimer is survived by his wife, Rosa; three children, Peter, Edward and Charles, and his six grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Yayo.”
He was predeceased by his oldest son, George.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, with a memorial service to begin at 3 at the funeral home.