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Robert E. Donalds Obituary
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February 21, 2018

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November 30, 2008
My daughter Lindsay just told me about Bob’s untimely death. What very sad news indeed. I regret I never met Bob personally but I considered him a kindred spirit. We would often pass each other in our identical maroon 87 Vanagons with a friendly flash of the lights. May peace and love be with your family.
November 11, 2008
Robbie,
Take care my old friend. My condolences to your family.
November 3, 2008
I spoke with Bob a few times on the phone and exchanged e-mails, but like many people in the VW world, I knew him best from his entertaining, memorable and deeply knowledgeable posts on the Vanagon mailing list. It was always evident from his writing that he had a deep affection for these vehicles and a genuine interest in helping people. One probably gave rise to the other, or more likely they were mutually reinforcing.

While others say that Bob is at rest now, I can’t help but wonder if God called him to adjust the crankshaft end play or some such thing on the engine of the divine Westfalia, as anyone familiar with Bob’s work would agree that even God would need Bob’s help getting everything just exactly perfect.

My sincere condolences to Karen and the Donalds family.
November 3, 2008
To Bob Donalds Family:

As with most folks who knew Bob, he came into my life in an hour of need...my beloved Vanagon had blown the engine. Bob not only rebuilt my engine, he drove down to West Chester PA from Boston "on his way to Carlisle" so he could pick up three engine blocks I had. And he delivered an engine that now has 110,000 miles on it.
We spoke often after that, about fishing with his Daughter, spending time doing the simple things... taking the time to enjoy life.

In my busy career as a veterinarian doing house calls in my Vanagon, I think of Bob and thank him every day. And I will continue to....

My sympathies to all his family,

Docterry McGrath
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