I wish you a hopeful Christmas.
I wish you a brave new year.
All anguish pain and sadness,
leave your heart and let your road be clear.
They said there’d be snow at Christmas.
They said there’d be peace on Earth.
Hallelujah noel, be it heaven or hell,
the Christmas you get you deserve.
Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield
Today is exactly one year to the day since Bob passed. I think I can speak for everyone when I say it’s been a struggle.
Bob had an uncanny ability to cross bridges; to meet people half way regardless of their background, education, ethnicity or political leanings. He was a great listener and enjoyed engaging with others, sometimes living vicariously through their experiences. And in some ways, that’s the “Bob” that is most missed. To share a thought or opinion with him and be part of thoughtful discourse, even if the resolution lands you on the opposite side of the fence. Since his passing, there have been countless historic events that would have provided endless banter and endless enlightenment. He is and will continue to be sorely missed.
I recently came across a post on Letters of Note regarding two letters Jim Hensen wrote before his untimely death. One to his children and one to his friends and family. I urge you to read both letters and Jim’s bio on Wikipedia, but the first two sentences of “To His Children” are poetic and apropos:
First of all, don’t feel bad that I’m gone. While I will miss spending time with each of you, I’m sure it will be an interesting time for me and I look forward to seeing all of you when you come over.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the event yesterday. As many of you noted, it’s exactly what Bob would have wanted, the way he would have wanted it. Surrounded by friends and family, good food, good music. Many of you drove a long distance just to be there to pay respect and support; it was very much appreciated. Your presence made the evening special.
Metro Cuisine did an excellent job preparing and serving the food. Bar service by Fawcett Center was perfect for our needs and of course Longaberger Alumni House was a fantastic venue. We heard compliments all evening from guests about the beautiful space, bright and cheery color choice for the table linens and how delicious the food was. A special thanks to Emily at Metro, Melinda at Longaberger and Laura at Fawcett and of course all of the service staff. Without their help, this would not have been possible.
April at Cotner Funeral Home was very helpful with arrangements and producing a special memorial folder based on our not-so-standard requests. We wanted every little detail to be perfect and she did an amazing job to meet or exceed those needs.
Finally, Laura at CafePress did everything in her power to make sure we received our special BOB bumper stickers in time. Thank you, Laura.
This site will stay up for at least the next 12 months. The tributes section will also stay open for anyone that feels the urge to write.
Great news! We’re wrapping up the logistics and have confirmed the location for Bob’s celebration of life party. It will be held in the Sanders Grand Lounge at the Longaberger Alumni House on the OSU campus Saturday, June 29th from 4-7pm.
Longaberger Alumni House
2200 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Because of work being done to expand the outdoor patio, you will need to enter through the West entrance (the doors on the side of the building, facing Olentangy River Rd). Once inside, continue straight with a slight jog to the right. If you need assistance, someone will be at the reception desk to point you in the right direction but you really can’t miss it.
As mentioned, we will be serving light snacks/small plates, refreshments, beer and wine. We are providing a couple of drink tickets to start but if you would like to continue to imbibe, a cash bar will be available.
The event staff at LAH (thank you Melinda!) has been extremely helpful, kind and considerate. She’s gone to great lengths to help us with the planning process and it would have been immensely more difficult without her help.
We hope to see all of you there. If you haven’t already done so, RSVP if you plan to attend.
Note: The hospital where Bob was treated and cared for is just a couple of miles to the North in case you wanted to hug a nurse for taking such good care of him.
Many of you have asked if you can bring anything or help with the celebration of life service. Thank you, but no, you don’t need to bring anything with respect to food, beverage or supplies. However, to help get the word out about Bob’s passing and the event in his honor, please don’t hesitate to tell friends/co-workers via your social media of choice; be it Facebook, Twitter, flag semaphore or smoke signals.
In addition, you’re welcome to bring a photograph to share, we’ll have space set up specifically for that purpose.
Lastly, if you plan to attend the event, please use the RSVP form at the bottom of the service page so we have an approximate head count.
Thanks again to everyone for their support. Each of you has a special connection to Bob and hopefully this gathering will help the healing process by providing a medium to reflect with tears and laughter.