Belated sympathies from some Cincinnati cousins.
This news is doubly tragic for me. Let me explain.
I am Andrew Balterman, son of Alice Heyn Balterman. Mom-- who is now 94 -- visited Bubba and family and relatives a number of times. I learned what a great array of family we have in the area . . . and what a magical place Palo Alto was.
A boyhood friend of mine had moved to NOLA and told me much and often about the joys of the area. I ended up going to the Jazz Fest two or three times, sleeping on his couch. I made it a point to also visit Donaldsonville that first trip and it was as advertised!
On my most recent Fest visit a few years ago I was accompanied by my cousin Michael Ferro of San Francisco. We made our greatly anticipated pilgrimage to Donaldsonville and were royally entertained by cousin Robert at his home, at lunch and at the store and the museum. That was a memorable day curated by a wonderful man.
During that trip Robert requested that I send to him photos of Jacob Lemann's local tomb. I eventually took a number of photos of it and then....procrastination. I never sent them to him. Today, realizing that it is Fest time again and-- being recently retired-- finally having the time and presence of mind to get my little package of prints ready to send to Robert, I googled his name in order to confirm that I had the correct address and . . . I was struck dumb by the news I saw.
How sad I am; you certainly have my sympathies and, I'm sure, those of my Mother. I shall alert her and cousin Mike today so that they hopefully can see the expiring Guest Book. For me this innocent internet errand ended up being a tragic one with unfortunate timing, I certainly had hoped to please Robert with those photos and I can only blame my rotten procrastination.
I must ask: to whom can I now send the photographs? My e-mail (written in a "safe" way) is: 'abalterman' -- followed by the @ symbol -- followed by the word 'fuse' -- followed by '.net' . Please let me know and this time I shall be prompt.
Again, our sympathies to all.
Dee and family I found out today about Robert and I am truly sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with and for Robert and learned many valuable lessons on how to truly treat people with kindness and respect from him. The agriculture community has lost a friend with a passion for the worked he so blessed us with.
Dear Dee and Family I am so sorry for your great loss. I know that Robert will always be with you. I hope that you find comfort in your wonderful amazing children and friends. With Love, Helen L and Andy Polmer
Dee and all famiy,
My brother Mike just sent me then news. I send my prayers. I have many fond memories of Palo Alto as a child. It was an exotic land and so many children Robert and I the same age).
I am so sorry for your loss.
Dearest Dee: I can still see Robert as a brand new father. What joy! He was such a loving and wonderful man who made everyone feel at home when he was around. Then again that is the special gift the whole family has. I know this is hard for you, the kids and grandkids. I keep you in our prayers and know that my son Javier and my husband Domingo although only met you all briefly also remember you with much love. Mama at her 101 years also send her love and prayers and still remebers what a beautiful family you are. Love. Mari.