I miss Uncle Bob already. I always knew him to be the kind of guy that had a 'can do' spirit. It seemed like every time I would see Uncle Bob, whether visiting in Florida or him in St. Louis, I would come away from our meeting infected with his spirit of Can Do and I loved it. It's the main thing I remember about him. It's funny how people effect us without them ever knowing it.
My favorite trip I took with Uncle Bob was when I was about 14 years old. Bob, Arlene, Scott and his girlfriend at the time, Kris, took me lobstering and we spent our days on the water and our nights in the Ultravan eating surf & turf. It was my first time swimming in the open ocean and it was terrifying and fun at the same time.
Lastly, Uncle Bob taught me what a 'come along' is, which I use all the time.
People die twice. First, when their bodies die and again the last time someone thinks of them. In Uncle Bob's case, he'll live a long, long time as I'm sure none of us will forget him anytime soon. I know I won't.
My dear gentle Uncle Bob was a singing sweet spirit who taught me the love of working with my hands, keeping my heart honest, always being true with my words, and making time to smile or laugh each day. One of my favorite memories is the time he was not pleased with service in a restaurant and simply shared, "Take a good look around!". It was his straightforward, but direct way to make light of a situation all while making sure poor service or quality would not be repeated. I will greatly miss his bright demeanor, but know it would do him proud to live on making each day an adventure punctuated with family fun, and love. Love, Karen Cowden (Niece)