I learned of the Barrister's passing far too late to celebrate his life with others who loved him well. He was one of the best friends I ever had, and gave his friendship back in so many wonderful ways, giving me more grand memories that one person deserves to have. One of the sweetest gifts he gave to me was on a trip to Albuquerque one year, he not only let me fly with him, he took my mother up as well--on her 60th birthday.(Flying in a hot air balloon was on her bucket list, but a gift I could never have afforded to give her.) We had a "highway landing", and after the basket stopped rolling, I found him with his arms around my mother, protecting her, as she struggled to get up, and all the while she was screaming, "Can we go again??!!" That was the kind of joy he brought to everyone. He left them breathless, but yelling, "Can we go again?"
Robert performed the ceremony marrying my husband Fred and I on January 18th, 2000, and it thrilled me to have him join us. There was no one I'd rather have done it, and it seems to have stuck, as we are still together.
Fred just says it isn't fair that he didn't get to know you as well as I, but he is thankful for the years he did.
Barrister, I look forward to the day I join you and all your friends, so we can go again.
Missing you every day,
Jacque Harris Holdaway, and husband SFC Freddie L. Holdaway, Jr.
Bobby was the wonderful kind-hearted cousin I grew up with! He was four years older than me; our families spent every Thanksgiving together! My Dad (Dr. Russel A. Barber) was his "Uncle Bus". Bobby and Jimmy would spend summers with us while Uncle Bob performed his duties as President of Rotary International! Jimmy tells the story of getting 25 cents an hour for weeding and then going into town (Columbiana, OH) to spend it! We also spent a lot of time swimming at the Firestone Park Pool in Columbiana. My Dad was the veterinarian for the Canfield Fair and the Canfield Horse Show. My Granddad and Dad were large animal veterinarians specializing in horses. Bobby would often go with my Father on "calls". I remember Bobby as being always willing to do anything he could to help out! When I was in high school I was the editor of my high school newspaper. One cold, icy, winter night Bobby and my Mother took the paper to neaby Lisbon to be printed so it would come out on time! I will always be greatful to them for their bravery that night! Bobby was my cousin, my friend, my Big Brother! I am thankful to him for everything he did for me and my family! My family--my Mother, my Father, my Brother Al and I-- loved him dearly! Our prayers are with Susan, Robert and his family, and Joanne. I am so sorry he is not with us anymore! I love you Bobby!
We remember having great times with Bob during our mutual years in Ann Arbor. We are so sorry to learn of Bob's death.
David and Jane Manchester Wheeler (Libby Gilpatric's sister)
To Susan and your children, what a guy was my dear cousin Bobby! Sending you my deepest sympathy and sorrow for your loss.