More than a year has passed since losing our friend, Bob. How consoling to find such a beautiful tribute to him posted here and how grateful we are to Camie for the chance to be able to "light a candle" in his memory all these months later.
We were so saddened to hear of Bob's passing and felt a great loss after all the years he had been in our lives.
We came to know Bob through my dad. The two of them were kindred spirits and soon all of us were friends and calling on Bob to help us make a project come to life. He built us the most beautiful gazebo with details that would make any Victorian green with envy. I vividly remember he and my husband sitting in it after all the work was done, adding up all the receipts and shaking their heads at the grand total---I think Bob was the only one who was genuinely distressed---he was as careful with our money as he was with his own. We always found him to be fair and generous and we trusted him like no other. But more than that, he shared with us his talent for making everything more beautiful, and to us it was priceless.
I think of Bob quite often whenever I look around our house because me did so much for us. I asked him to build me a pergola once and he did, but afterwards would tell how he'd first had to find out what the heck a pergola was---I never believed him, of course, because he was such an accomplished craftsman---but he had the greatest sense of humor and always loved to laugh at himself.
We will continue to treasure these memories and so many others as we tend to the treasures he built for us, and will forever consider ourselves fortunate for having known such a dear man.
May he and his faithful friend, Fred, both rest in peace.