I miss you every day, Dad. I love you and adore you!! xoxoxo. Linda
My heartfelt thanks to Family and Friends who kept in contact during Bob's last month's of his life on earth. The calls, the cards, the emails, the never ending prayers, the donations to American Cancer Society, the beautiful flower arrangements, and the overwhelming attendance at Bob's Celebration of Life is Greatly Appreciated and will Always be remembered.
I would like to pay tribute to the many people who have given freely of their time, hearts, and resources to support me during a very difficult time in my life.
Azzy and Michele, for the Eulogy: a true representation of Bob's Life.
Cherry, for your tireless support!
My dear sisters, Elvira (Shorty) and Carmen, for your love and for being by my side when I needed you the most.
Tony, Linda, Kathy,and Tom, for your kind words and concern.
Home Health and Houston Hospice, for the relentless care and compassion you gave Bob.
Judy Bushnell, for the continuous uplifting emails, and taking care of getting Bob's name on the Headstone!
All the California Family, for attending Bob's gravesite service and the Beautiful Funeral Spray.
The Honor Guards who played Taps and presented the United States Flag.
Terry Loving, Matthew Godfrey, and the entire staff at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery for handling the arrangements with dignity and respect.
Legacy.com; Amanda, Christine, Linda, Melanie, Melissa and Tracie for your patience and compassion, regarding postings to Bob's Legacy Book entry!
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
~John F. Kennedy
As Bob would say, "you can call me Bobby, you can call me Bob, you can call me Dad, you can call me Sport, you can call me Grand Daddy, you can call me Papa Bob, you can call me Senor Bob, you can call me ding-dong Daddy or you can call me Big Bad Bob, BUT YOU DON'T have to call me Robert”
If by some slight chance you did not know him, he was:
R – real
O – one of a kind
B – benevolent
E – effervescent
R- relaxed after a night cap
T. – Thankful to God for all his blessings
S – sociable
K – kind
E – entertaining
L- loved cross word puzzles
L- loved old movies
E – enlisted in the US Navy
N – non-judgmental
G – gregarious/genuine
E – enjoyed life to the fullest
R – respected by all he met
What a Man!
March 6, 2014
Last year 2013, on the 6th of March at 2257 hours, Marjorie Kessler, Hospice Nurse, made the official pronouncement.
It has been one year today and it seems as if you are still here, with reminders of you and the conversations we used to have. The poem; Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep, by Mary Elizabeth Frye
was written in 1932, your birth year, her authorship was confirmed in 1998. It's a beautiful poem that expresses your sentiments to all of us when you would be no longer with us in physical form.
The Dash by Linda Ellis is a beautiful poem that emphasizes the TIME BETWEEN the date of birth and the date of death. Simply, what is really important in your life, who did you help, how did you make people feel, did you show gratitude to all, did you
show people you Loved them, and not vilify them, did you share your blessings?
What would you like to "hear" when your eulogy is read?
Bob's Eulogy by granddaughters; Azzy and Michele
While it is difficult to imagine life without our beloved Robert, Bobby, Senor Bob, Dad, Sport, Grand Daddy, Papa Bob, Ding-Dong Daddy or BBB (Big Bad Bob), we know that we will forever be able to cling to the wonderful memories and great laughs, knowing that he will be watching over us.
Bob was born February 21, 1932 in San Francisco, California to Mervyn J. and Annette M. Skellenger. He enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953 at USNAS, Corpus Christi, Texas. Even though he traveled the world his hometown, San Francisco, always had a
special place in his heart. This good ole' Irish boy eventually found his home in Texas, Where he was blessed to have crossed paths with the Pearce family. After marrying Emma Jo in 1951, they had four beautiful children; Linda, Kathy, Tony and
Tommy. In 1973 Bob married Sylvia Romero and together raised their four-legged kids; Sammy Tatter and Goldie.
During his 32 year tenure at Southwestern Bell, he received numerous sales awards for his outstanding performance. A true jokester who never met a stranger, he always had a positive outlook on life. He was a fabulous dancer, a lover of crossword
puzzles and had a great passion for movies. He was particularly known for his infectious sense of humor; which continued up to his last breath. This humor often included phrases or catch phrases that any poor outsider may not have understood. Truth be
told, we didn't always understand them ourselves, but we would laugh nonetheless, because they had come a permanent fixture in his vocabulary. Phrases such as high-ho-paint, let's get where we ain't, Home Jerome, Monkeys is the craaaaziest people and
Kiki in the movies.
He was one of a kind and always shared his smile freely. He will be greatly missed, but would want us to celebrate his life together as a family. We would like to remind everyone of Bob's request to each of us, expressed in a short but powerful
poem; "REMEMBER ME".
On behalf of the family, we would like to take a moment to recognize and thank Sylvia for her exceptional love and care for him to the very end. She took great care of him because she knows that love has no boundaries. In Addition, we would like
to express our utmost gratitude to Cherry, our honorary family member, who loved Bob and cared for him with such grace and patience.
Here are a few fond memories from some of his loved
Bob and Sylvia Shared a very special moment when Aaron Neville's version of "tears on My Pillow" came on the television. She went to his side, gently held his hands and they swayed to the music.
Linda would like to remember the fun times with her Dad. She would listen for good jokes she could memorize, so that when she got in trouble, which was so rare, she would tell him a joke and he would laugh so hard, she got out of trouble. A particular
pearl of wisdom he shared with her came in handy two weeks later when she had the perfect opportunity to use that line. Most of all, she would like to thank him for a fun childhood.
Kathy would like to remember the infamous trip to San Francisco, when they dined on bologna, mayonnaise and milk for the duration of the trip; Bob only stopped to fill the car with gas.
Tony and Tom went on a vacation to Washington DC with Bob. Boys being boys, according to Bob, they kept playing "chase" making their own history.
Dad (Tony) would like to thank his Dad for letting him stay at his house and taking care of his belongings while he was working overseas.
Cody would like to thank his Ding Dong Daddy for the best vacation he ever had.
Azzy- During my final conversation with Papa Bob, we were discussing how he would like us to celebrate. I asked him if he would like us all to go to Einstein's and have a night cap in his honor, and his reply was, in true Papa Bob fashion, "sure you only die once."
Chele - sang the lyrics to "ALWAYS" Linda thank you for the text, it makes me feel very good to keep in touch with you.
Tony, I am so glad you're home, it was nice talking to you today, and I hope to see you before you leave.
Azzy, thank you for the text message. You are always right on with the texts. Your compassion is truly appreciated.
Judy, Brian, Sheila and Art, say hello, and miss you "kids," they hope to see you again.
Judy, Brian, Sheila and Art, you are the epitome of family!!, Thank you for your Grandiose Hospitality. It sure helped this fixed income "Widow."
Roxanne, thank you for making the trip to San Francisco; and be with me; at the gravesite.
Bobby, I bring you coffee and three powered donuts, your favorites, today, to commemorate the first anniversary of your journey to eternal life. Keep watching over me and make your presence known. As you know I did not do well last night or this
morning. I broke down both times. You always told me, "life goes on, live your life as if there will be no tomorrow and be happy."
Bobby, I will ALWAYS love you! Thank you for your LIFE, your LOVE and your SMILE. GOD has you in His keeping; I will always have you in my Heart!
Your Loving Wife
Sylvia I received your letter with a heavy heart. I want to graciously thank you for considering me on the announcement list to be informed of Robert's condition.
My eyes watered as I witnessed your strength in each paragraph of your letter.
Sylvia I will pray for you as you have begun to prepare us for this upcoming passing.
In the larger picture of life God has given you a blessing. Bob did not go to work and just never came back. He did not o to the store and never made it home.
God gave you a blessing in the form of a notice.
You have the time to say those words that few are allowed, words from a casual thought, his input of a future plan. Now, sit and enjoy the reaction. Enjoy his eyes looking at yours, enjoy the touch of you being able to touch him. Enjoy an allowed head resting on his chest and listening to him breath.
Why many of us say of our past loved ones, "We wished we knew" your words will be "WE Knew."
Enjoyed your borrowed time, make cherished memories and videos.
Know Sylvia that I am keeping both of you in my prayers and I am praying for your continued strength. You are a beautiful person Sylvia, with a beautiful spirit and I am so fortunate and blessed to be considered a friend. Whatever you need whenever you need PLEASE call on me and I will be there.