I read of Bob's death in the recent Drew alumni magazine. It seems like only yesterday that I worked in Bob's congressional office in Washington, D.C. It was a wonderful experience. I still remember Bob calling my Beverage. He was a good man and will be solely missed.
I miss you dearly Brother in law!!! See you in Heaven!! God Bless. 7/2/13
Mrs Edgar and family, please accept my condolences and prayers on your sudden loss.
My mother was deeply involved in Delaware county politics in the 70s and 80s. As a young teenager at that time I was not moved by the candidates usually on the ballot. That however quickly changed when I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Edgar. He was gracious, very bright and could easily command a room. He also demonstrated great empathy for those around him and those who needed help. It was a privilege to meet him and get in some ways to work and help in his campaigns. He gave me an understanding and template of what politics and public service could be. He will be missed.
We will keep Bob and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
6-8-2013, MANY GREAT MEMORIES FOR MY FAMILY AND ME HAVING HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING BOB, MERLE AND THEIR SONS! THEY TRULY WERE PEOPLE OF GOD AND MANKIND!!!
"SLAINTE GO COEL, FADA AGUT",
HEALTH AND LOVING MEMORIES ON EARTH AS WELL AS IN HEAVEN!
SLAN AGUT, PEACE TO ALL (GAELIC BLESSING)
MICHAEL F. O'FINN AND FAMILY
LANSDOWNE, PA. 19050-1311
He was a complete friend.
Merle and sons. You are lovingly remembered here in Claremont during the time Bob was President of the School of Theology. We were fortunate to have you and Bob singing in the choir most Sundays at Claremont United Methodist . We are keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Wilma and David Ogle, Jenny Ogle Teresi and many many others
so sorry for your loss,God Almighty will help you in your time of sorrow.Happy are those who mourn,since they will be comforted."...5:4.....dc
Dear Mrs. Edgar,
I was a youngster when Pastor Bob came to Falls Methodist Church in Philadelphia. I was so fortunate to have him as our minister when I was confirmed into the church. I will always remember the confirmation activities and learning experiences while at Falls Methodist. It was a pleasure to have known Pastor Bob. He will be missed. My condolences to you and your family.
To the family , I would like to express my condolences. May the God of tender mercies help you at this time.
Dear Merle and family, Bob's passing was a shock. He was such a good guy. We met at Lansdowne Methodist church. I so remember Bob telling me that, "Merle keeps me grounded". I'm sure Harry App was at heavens gate to meet him. Our prayers are with you all.
I am very sorry for your loss. May God be with the family during this time of grief and sorrow.
I met Bob through his older brother, Ralph, whom I had met at a summer camp for Methodist Church leaders. Bob would often tell the story of taking his driving test in my old car. As adults our paths grew apart but with Bob's entry into the public sphere I was often able to follow him.
Bob taught me an important lesson as a member of the Veteran's Affairs Committee of the House. Even if you detest the war you can still honor the warrior. In fact all too often those who favor the war the most are the ones who do not live up to their responsibility to the warriors. Bob was certainly not one of those.
Bob was one who was always on the side of those who rarely had many people standing with them. He was one of the good guys.
My sincere condolences to Merle, the family, and all who loved and respected him.
Upper Darby, PA
Bob made us believe that one person could make a difference in this world. Rest in peace.
I have only gotten to know Bob Edgar since leaving Congress myself. We frequently got together with the Former Democratic Members group, which Bob frequently hosted at Common Cause. Bob Edgar never stopped giving back and serving the public by trying to make our system more accountable. He probably already has a petition drive going in heaven!
As a Pennsylvania state legislator for 39 years, I have gotten to know many, many politicians. None was a finer human being than Bob Edgar.
I was with Bob the night before he was defeated for US Senator in 1986. He had to know that he was going to lose. But he was at his inspirational and upbeat best, exhorting 35th Ward Philadelphia Democrats to bring out the vote for all the right reasons.
I was one of many he appointed to his Presidential Advisory Panel for Common Cause in 2007. He wanted to bring Common Cause back to the cutting edge of politics, and he succeeded, tackling the influence of the Koch Brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
I was there when he spoke up for my father's re-election campaign for City Council in 1987. My father was then 72 years old. "I want to be like David Cohen when I grow up," he said. Sadly, if growing up means being 72, he never made it. But he helped all of us grow up by showing the power of kindness, vision, and going step by step, year after year, decade after decade.
I was with Bob when he was exploring running for Senator in 1980, a race he ultimately decided not to run. He promised that if elected to the Senate then, he would be a leader there. More than 30 years later, it is clear he far exceeded his promise: he was a leader in our country.
Like so many others generally not known to each other, I will deeply miss Bob both personally and professionally. A meeting with him is on my calendar for early May. I will use that time to both reflect on our loss, and to reflect on the gratitude that we all should have for his long march to make our country and our institutions live up to their promise.
Bob jump started my political activism. Volunteering for his last two Congressional campaigns and being hired as a staff member for the Senatorial run, I then had it in my blood to continue. It was an absolute pleasure to work for him because his beliefs were right on and he never passed up the chance to thank his supporters. It just doesn't seem possible that he has left us so early. My heartfelt condolences to Merle, the boys and all the grandchildren. The world is a better place because of Bob Edgar.
Merle, Carol and I extend our sympathy to you and the children in the recent death of Bob. The memories are rich and many....the relationships continue to bring meaning and appreciation. You and your family will continue in our prayers. Peace, Drue Sherman
Scholar, athlete, and great friend to all,Bob was a remarkable man and his spirit will continue to guide his good work. My condolences to his family.
BOB WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN MY PRAYERS.
It was my privilege to work for Bob Edgar's fifth re-election campaign as an intern with Americans for Democratic Action. He was among the most authentic, ethical and committed individuals whom I have ever encountered, and he enriched the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to have met him. His was a life well-lived. He made a positive difference in every field of endeavor he undertook. He left us too soon. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and countless admirers.
I went to High School with Bob and spent some time with him at our 50th reunion just last year. He was an all around good guy in school, athlete and scholar with a friendly disposition. His remarkable career in politics and public leadership posts were a source of pride for all of us from his hometown. God speed Bob Edgar. His life was short but pretty amazing. Not a bad deal.
My Dear Friend Merle,
I am so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I am praying for peace that passes all understanding for each of you. I am so fortunate to have known such a fine gentleman. Love and prayers. Becky
I got to know Bob at Lycoming College, and even then, I sensed he was a man with a mission in life. I have been following his career for many years and his contributions to mankind have proved me right! My deepest sympathy to his family.
Bob was a kind and loving man who could instantly connect with people as evidenced at my birthday party a few years back. He gave Merle her own personal quilt gallery in his office, sharing her beautiful creativity with the world. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around the Edgar family during their time of grief.
Bob Edgar fought for decency. He displayed aspirational leadership in the Seventh District.
To the family- thank you for sharing him and for keeping the home fires burning while he tended to the public good
From a Broomall lifelong fan, Cynthia Gill
My condolences to the Edgar family. I worked at the Claremont School of Theology during President Edgar's tenure and remember him as a well-respected and kind leader. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
Condolences and sympathy to the family. As the days pass please allow God to comfort you with his words found out Matthew 5:4
We offer our sincere sympathies to the Robert Edger family.
We came to know Robert Edger following our move from Evanston, Illinois to Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania in 1979. We worked on each of his campaigns during the ensuing years, and we followed his career after electoral politics. We so admired Bob's dedication to serving the public good in all his capacities of politics, church and public interest organizations. The world is richer for his life's contributions, and we are very saddened he has left his earthly grace too soon.
Mark & Kenda Lundgren
3900 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60613
Dear Merle, I am deeply shocked and saddened by Bob's untimely death. Please know that Rachel's and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this most difficult time. Bob found so many effective ways to do God's work in both the secular and religious worlds and I have consciously tried to emulate him in the decades since I worked with him on Capitol Hill from 1977 - 1982. During that period when Bob served first as a founding Member and then as Democratic Co-Chairman of the bi-partisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, he showed us all how to get the people's work done starting with high quality, non-partisan policy research followed by patient consensus-building across the political aisle and with often-contentious constituencies outside the Beltway. He was a vitally important mentor to me and countless other staff and Members - helping us all internalize and stay true down the years to a powerful moral compass. He has been and continues to be a huge inspiration to me and, I fervently hope, to us all. - Tom Cochran, Former Executive Director and Former Board Chair, Northeast-Midwest Institute
Bob always said "We are the people we've been waiting for!" A good and faithful servant is Present with the Lord and spurring us on even today, to make a difference. For the dear ones he leaves behind, my prayers are with you in the midst of your grief.
Even though I do not know him personally, his contribution is felt and will be missed. Romans 15:33.
Sympathies and prayers to Bob Edgar's family. He was truly an inspiration and admired by many
Three days before Christmas in 1979, Congressman Edgar drove from Washington to Drexel Hill, PA to marry my husband and me because my father had asked him to perform the ceremony. I couldn't believe he would go to so much trouble, especially right before Christmas & he said he did it because he thought the world of my father (Carl E. Mau of Media). I've never forgotten his kindness.
A fighter for the little guy is gone.
An inspiring leader and a great, gentle man. We miss him already.
I worked for Bob when he represented PA-7, from 1978-1982,he gave the blessing at my wedding on April 25, 1981. He was a wonderful person to work for and with, he will be surely missed by all who knew him. The heaven's are fuller with Bob now there. My prayers are with his family!
Nancy Davis O'Liddy, Dunkirk, MD
Sorry for your unexpected loss.May Gods words at Isiah 33:24 give you some hope for the future.
Rest in Peace, a true soldier for God
Truly, one of the good guys.
As a Presbyterian involved in peacemaking activities, I always admired the work that Bob did when he was with the NCC. He was often criticized for his views, but he stood on his priciples.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Merle. I was very sorry to hear about Bob. A true friend. I called your home phone yesterday, but no answe will try to reach you at a later date. May God bless you and your family
Bob was a gentle and tirelessly encouraging mentor who went out of his way on behalf of my graduate education and pastoral training, but what I remember most was his touching humility in prayer as a Christian brother. To his dear wife and children and many friends, my deepest and most sincere condolences and sympathy.
Sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family in this of sorrow.
To Mr. Edgar's family, please accept my deepest condolences. Take comfort in God's promise that he will "bind up the brokenhearted and comfort the mourning ones." Please continue to lean on him for strength during this difficult time.
Bob and I worked together in the youth program of the Methodist church. He was a man of Christian conviction . He brought it into his life as a civil servant . Too bad he wasn't able to take it Washington, D.C.
May God bless you with His peace and love during tis difficult time.
Mary Jane Detterline West
My deepest condolences to the Edgar family. I am a longtime admirer of the former Congressman. He was one of the good guys and a true public servant. The work he did with Common Cause was a gift to us all. Wishing peace and comfort to his family and to the staff of Common Cause. May his spirit live on in all those whose lives he touched.
My condolences to his family. Sadly, a fine gentlaman & American has passed.
Bob was one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. He was all those things. We came back on a train from Boston a few days after 9-11. Almost every piece of that conversation was about the future--not the past because Bob always thought you could fix the future.
Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time, I'm so very sorry for your loss, death is something we are never prepared for, but please find comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more.
MY condolences to EDGAR family during this time of grief. he will be missed.
Bob Edgar was one of the really good guys. Always upbeat and forward-looking, he fought the noble fight all his life, especially on behalf of those not visited by fortune. He was a kind soul and courageous voice and will truly be missed.
Sympathy & kindest regards to Bob Edgar's family & multitude of friendd wherever they may be. A very special guy was a distinguished Lycoming College alum. God bless 1 & all. Take care.