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March 24, 2013
I hope you remember me. Rob was my best friend at UWSP, especially our Freshman year on 4North - Burroughs Hall. I just learned of his passing. The tears have not stopped. He was so special and I looked up to him. He was the one who gave me the nickname "Buckets" which I still use with pride to this day. That first year at Point he had the coolest casual shoes that I just had to have. So, on one of our trips to Madison he took me to the store and I bought MY pair. We were so close spiritually and physically - he would walk into my room, not say a thing, look through my clothes in my closet, make a selection and walk out. I loved it - and knew it. We were the best of buddies!!!! I remember him talking to me about you. Asking my advice about "what should I say, what should I do"? Like I was some man-of-the-world. It was because he loved you so and wanted to keep you so he would get several opinions to "do the right thing". That was the loving, gentle side of him that drew me to his soul. I am so sorry we lost touch. Why does that happen? I hope you are at peace. It will take some time for me to come to grips with the passing of this wonderful man, my buddy, my confidant and my mentor. Good bye Rob, thank you for sharing part of your wonderful life with me.
January 01, 2013
Rorie and family,
My most heartfelt prayers go out to you at this difficult time. Rob is my step cousin, his Grandmother married my Grandfather. I remember lots of great times in Lynxville, WI when we were kids. Rob had asked me if I had ever considered coming to Alaska and going fishing a long time ago. I wish so much now that I had. He was such a fun person when we were kids and I'm sure he was that all his life... a fun person to be around. I sure wish we had kept in touch more. Loved him as a kid and am sure I would have loved even more being around the man he had become. I am grateful to God for having known Rob. Take care and sleep well knowing he was such an inspriation to so many. May God be with you always.
December 17, 2012
Rorie, and Family
I just heard the news. My heart and prayers go out to you and the family. I met you only met briefly when you and Rob had first started to hang out. Bob and I were friends in the Burroughs dorm at Stevens Point. He traveled with Me, Tim Kirkpatrick and Jim Klunick "Curly" on a ski trip to ALTA Utah. He sure loved skiing. On another ski romp to Rib Mtn we were hitchhiking up and back to Point and we had missed the last vehicle out of the park. He was so upset cause he told me he was Soooo into this Rorie chick and had to get back soon and that it would take half the night to get there. We darn near walked the thirty miles home that night. He was a great guy, I have great memories and Mary Ellen and I will be praying that you can weather this storm, and somehow find God's Peace.
Mark Sidler
Phoenix, AZ
December 09, 2012
To Rorie, Raina and Ryan, I can only say that Rob was a great friend to me. I will always remember his great attitude and warm smile. I am so very sorry for your loss, and all of our loss of this great guy. His kind are few and far between. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
December 05, 2012
Worked with Rob on Girdwood Fire and in the Alyeska aid room. He was always the person you could count on when someone needed help. Will miss his smile.
December 03, 2012
We met Rob last at a Wisconsin Badger tailgate get together in the garage on Harrison Street with Mary Jo and her family and friends. Our sympathy for your loss. Best Wishes from our home to yours.
December 03, 2012
Dear Rorie and family,

My heart and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Rob and I were good friends from 7th grade through high school at Madison West. We were roommates at Stevens Point, having good memories through all of those years, too many to share. I even remember the night Rob met Rorie at the orientation dance at Point. Rob and I both went on to school at Marquette University, before Rob made the decision to travel to beautiful Alaska. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed. Please know I will be thinking of you and your family.

Tim Kirkpatrick
Hartland, WI
December 02, 2012

We've never met but, I was so distressed to learn of Rob's passing at Mass this morning. The priest mentioned the passing of Mary Jo Teirney's brother Rob and I immediately slumped. Rob and I shared many classes at Madison West High School and were on the wrestling team together. What a wonderful and compassionate guy.

My family and I extend our deepest sympathy.
December 02, 2012
Rob's name was one I recognized, when first moving to Girdwood in 1989, as one sitting in my "in basket" at Denali NP headquarters--batteries desperately needed for rangers out the road! What a treat to meet this "kind, gentile and always smiling" guy in person! Rob never failed to stop and talk about family at the post office, whether after a long day in the midnight sun or a short/long work day of winter's challenges. My heart bleeds for Rorie, Ryan and Raina. Rob's pervasive, peaceful spirit will float eternally over Alyeska. New Year's fireworks in his honor?
December 02, 2012
As a new father, Rob recently passed on some wisdom given to him by Donny Haglund when Rorie was expecting their first child. Donny said, "Rob, it's going to be great... You get a friend for the rest of your life."

The last time I talked with Rob just a few days before he died, he told me how much he was looking forward to skiing with his family over the holidays.

Rob will be missed!

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