Pat and I are so grateful for all the memories we have of Bob Madison. We just wish he could have been with us longer.
Bob seemed to love life and to live it to the fullest. He loved his music, his photography and he seemed to have an interest in just about everything. I don't think I know of anyone who could do a crossword puzzle like he did. As I recall, he used a pen rather than a pencil, and he would have the puzzle completed in no time at all. I was impressed.
Bob introduced Pat and I to some amazing wines. He was always so generous. Donna, being an incredible chef would serve a delicious meal and Bob would have the perfect wine to compliment the dinner. We feel blessed to have had so many "quality time visits" with both of them.
Thank you Bob for all those wonderful memories and Donna we look forward to seeing you in late October.
Carol & Pat Welch
Corrales, New Mexico
Bob was a good friend in our East High School years. He showed me that classical music was an adventure that lasts a life time. I regret that we did not reconnect years ago.
We spent a little time with Barbara's cousin Donna and Bob a few years ago. He was a gracious host and very knowledgeable about the Anchorage area. We had a great visit and enjoyed seeing this part of Alaska.
Bob introduced me to Port wine. I have a little of it every evening and always think of Bob.
Ben Desrosiers and Barbara DeCius
Bob - Ci mancherete tantissimo (we miss you very much). Joe and I were fortunate to spend "the times of our lives" with our wonderful friends Bob and Donna be it in Italy, Canada,Tonga, Australia, New Zealand, the "Lower 48" or in Alaska. Bob was our teacher- be it learning to drink scotch/gin, driving around curvy roads like a race car driver, listening to classical music, appreciating French cuisine/wine, or exploring the great outdoors of Alaska. We will miss Bob's great wit and dry humor.
Unfortunately we can not attend the celebration in Bob's memory but be assured that we are there in heart and have Donna and her family foremost in our thoughts.
If one could ask Bob what music he would like played at the gathering to commemorate his life and passing I suspect his immediate answer would be "Siegfied's Funeral March" from Gotterdammerung followed by Mahler's "Resurrection Symphony", all 84 minutes of it. He would then probably think a while and say "No, I don't want to subject my family and friends to that, let the grandkids decide." Although I will not be making the trip to Anchorage for the gathering, on that day I will be listening to the music Bob introduced to me to.
I will always have fond memories of the last time I talked with Bob. We spent a pleasant hour sitting at a picnic table, watching the ducks in a nearby pond, and waiting for Dick to finish his birdwatching hike. I don"t remember exactly what we talked about, probably about the ducks and "what a nice park", but I do remember enjoying his company and feeling that he was also enjoying the day. That special connection will be the legacy that Bob left for me.
We lived next door to the Madisons since my earliest memory so, in my mind, Bob has always been there. Even when they moved out of our neighborhood, their very existence lent stability to my life. It's hard to explain the feeling - I guess it's just a kid's perspective of taking the presence of the adults in our lives for granted, assuming they'll always be around. This picture of him is perfect - the image of him in my mind is of this smile that is half-amused, half-bewildered by whatever antics we were pulling as kids. I imagine it's hard on everyone to have him suddenly gone but I also believe that the closeness of your family is worth the price you pay in heartache when you lose a part of that.
We will remember Bob as a grandfather in the neighborhood, always kind and welcoming. We miss him and those lively Sunday night conversations. Our thoughts are with you.
To the sweet Madison family -
We're so sorry for your loss. Bob was so kind. He always had sweet, loving things to say about his family. Donna, he told me he chose well when he married you. I'd say you both chose well.
Condolences to you all. Bob lives on in our memories
I will always remember Bob relaxing in his library listening to classical music. He opened his home to me; living in his home as a 'adopted daughter'. The love for his family and Donna was admirable. Words can be so inadequate; you just miss him! I hope there is a lightening of your sadness and heavy heart knowing how much love and support is surrounding you. With sincere sympathy.
Bob was a warm friendly wonderful man. We enjoyed visiting him and Donna. He raised a wonderful family and I'm glad we had the privilege to know him and his family. Bob and Donna are valued friend. I always look forward to visiting with her. Bob and Donna gave us a wonderful daughter-in-law.
Dearest Madison family, we are deeply sorry for your loss. We will always remember Robert as the man that raised a wonderful family that opened their doors and welcomed us like one of their own. Wish we had known him better. Much love! Gillmer and Dubri
Sending love and positive energy to all friends and family who knew Bob. Such a kind, clever and positive man. It was an honor and pleasure to meet someone so wonderfully influential to so many lives.
Sending you all many thoughts of love and condolences. I have many memories of sitting with Bob and talking while we were goofy teenagers in high school. He was always such a sweet, gentle soul. He will be missed.
He will be missed he was a great man I only wish I had known him longer.
A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man who will be sorely missed by many. To me, you were (are) a second family. Thank you for allowing me to be such a part if your lives. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you all.
Beth, Marty Isabel and Sophie
Here is hoping everyone has the chance to have an Uncle Bob in their life. Every visit was a privilege and we hope to experience
half of the joy his life accomplished.
We are missing my brother. Carolyn and I rememnber the great trips with Bob and Donna. I remember the day he came home from St. Anns hospital in Columbus.What a fine guy he turned into
during the 81 years of his life
No candle can burn as bright as you did dad.
Joann and I feel great compassion in the loss of a wonderful friend and "neighbor" who, together with his wife,Donna, has brought much enjoyment and fullness to our lives. Bob touched us in many ways and his knowledge stimulated our lives to a greater level. We will miss Bob every day and are thankful to have been a part of his later years. We have also appreciated sharing the regular Sunday dinners with the wonderful,sensitive, loving extended Madison Family.