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April 16, 2012
Sorry for your loss, I am wondering if Mr Dow was my cousin. Was his mother's name Elinor father John born in NY??
Jackie Mitchell email tackey1@twcny.rr.com
September 20, 2011
Oh Dow... I knew you 15 years ago. Bigger than life! I just learned of your passing today and it saddens me that you are no longer here. I am so proud of you for what you have done with your life in those 15 years. :) And I will never forget your humor, intelligence, and the deep meaningful caring that you had for those around you. You actually LIVED your life and not many people can say that. There was never a dull moment when you were in the room. I wanted you to know that you and Sharon meant more to me than you knew.
September 05, 2011
To the family and friends of Robert Dow.
Please accept my sympathy on the passing
of your dear loved one. May God comfort
you and give you peace during this time
of sorrow. (James 4:8)
August 10, 2011
We go through school and come out at the end feeling knowledgable and confident. We look back and remember the path we have acheived. Mr. Dow is one of the bright lights that sticks out to me when I think back on my educational journey of life. He has such a personable personality that made every student in the classroom feel so confident and smart. He just asked for his students to do thier best. From chess, to the single paragraph expected each class. I will never forget the gift and spirit Robert Dow shared with myself and the rest of his blessed students. I pray for the family and for thier strength to get through this time of mourning. Hold with you the lovely thoughts that he blessed so many childrens' lives.
July 29, 2011
You fought a hard fight. now youre in a place where you wont feel any pain. I was a student of yours at western pines. Your english class was one I never forgot. The way you told the story the hobbit was priceless. You always made class so fun. You not only taught english though. You also taught us about life. May you rest in peace and god bless your family.
July 28, 2011
May all of you his family, be comforted by the power of prayer to help you cope with the loss of Mr. Robert Dow.
June 27, 2011
You fought hard for all us teachers here in Palm Beach County and were never afraid to speak truth to power. You will be sorely missed.
June 24, 2011
Mr. Dow was the most amazing teacher i had ever met in my entire life , going into my senior year in high school ive come to discover he was the most influential teacher ive ever had , and he truly left a mark on my life .
hes greatly missed , and anyone who knew him was blessed .
If anyone knows when is funeral service is can you please email me at samijodavis@aol.com seeming as how i haft to travel for the services .
Your greatly missed Mr. Dow , forever in our hearts .
June 24, 2011
I'm still waiting for my phone to ring and hear your laughter on the other end. Dow was the type of friend everyone wished they had.

You made your mark on this world, Robert! It doesn't get much better than that. You inspired so many in this world and your friendship will remain etched in many, many hearts forever.

You'll stay in my heart always. I promise to do what I said. Now, I can use the extra help from the other side!
This state will never see a stronger advocate for teachers or for children. Be that beacon of light from above.

Thank you for your optimism, your passion, and your great sense of humor. God bless you and enjoy the next world. Until we meet again...
June 23, 2011
To the memory of Mr. Dow; Sir I believe you had an irreplaceable impact on every student you had the opportunity to teach. I know my daughter always talked about you and enjoyed laughing about the many funny things you did. I wish all teachers had the kindness, but unfortunately they do not! So long. The last lesson of courage and the refusal to give up will last.
June 22, 2011
You fought a good fight of faith; you finished your course, now take yours rest Mr. Dow. You worked hard and diligently. Thank you for working to help the teachers in Palm Beach County. You may be absent but you will never be forgotten.
June 22, 2011
It was 8 years ago, I met Mr. Dow, when I walked in my first day of 7th grade. I had known of him before, as the crazy teacher who could get any point across, so I wanted his class more than anything. He was an amazing drama teacher, but it was more than a drama class. It should have been called "Storytime with Dow Class". He could tell you a story for anything, even if you had no idea if it was true. He taught me how to count to ten in Manderian... Why I will ever need it, I'm not sure, but I still know it. Mr. Dow was one of the rare teachers I kept in contact with after leaving their class, much less, leaving the walls of Western Pines, but I knew there was somthing about him, that made me want to stick around. He was the one teacher I kept touch with, he watched me grow into the person I am today, and has helped along the way a lot. I will always miss you and love you Mr. Dow. You were more than just a teacher.
June 22, 2011
With sincere sympathy,
Jo Anne Rogers,Principal
and On Behalf of Lincoln Elementary School
June 22, 2011
Just as he got into a position to really make a difference he also was diagnosed with the cancer that would finally take him, and that made him fight all that much harder. Dow was a real inspiration.
June 21, 2011
Thanks for all you have done Mr. Dow!! I know that you are at peace and are heading to your next life to do more good things and to help more people. Godspeed Mr. Dow !!
June 21, 2011
I would like to thank you for what you have done for our teachers. After 39 years of teaching you were the only one who fought tooth and nail for us even when you were in the hospital. You were a blessing to all and will be missed.
June 21, 2011

My last very recent phone conversation with Mr.Dow will always be remembered. As always, he was attentive and ready to offer advice. He was truly a dedicated leader and advocate. He was a valiant man who never gave in to despair and fought the good fight to the end. God bless you, Mr. Dow for being a voice for our teachers and students. Sonia Kevill, N. Palm Beach, Fl.
June 21, 2011
you will be missed it was a pleasure to of had know dow rest in peace
June 20, 2011
A leader who was a great voice for all who care deeply for kids and education. He spoke beautifully for our kids, teachers and parents. We will miss you!
June 20, 2011
Requiem to a Dear Friend, Part II
There is a huge hole in the hearts of everyone who knew him and cared about him. We will miss: those incredibly blue, laughing Irish eyes of his that could see through you; his masterful speaking ability; a sense of humor that could cut through even the most tense moments and situations and make people chuckle; an intensity of purpose and a drive to do "good" for the teachers and students of Palm Beach County; an ability to craft a speech that would express what thousands of people were thinking, yet was very personal at the same time; his kindness and ability to love, whether it was his family (he worshipped those babies), his friends, or his coworkers and students. He was special, so special.

I also want to express my sincerest sympathies to Sharon, his daughters,his son,his grandchildren and his good friends (you know who you are). There is a huge hole in our hearts today labeled "Robert Dow".



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June 20, 2011
It all began with a cat named Scooter - when Dow and Sharon first came to Florida their cat Scooter came up to inspect my cooler. That first meeting has grown into an almost 20 year friendship that we have cherished. We have had some fun, crazy times that will never be forgotten. He taught us to appreciate good wines. We will miss him more than words can say.
June 20, 2011
There aren't enough words to adequately express how Robert Dow touched my life. As his passion and determination was contagious, he spurred me on to stand up for my students and for my honorable profession. Such dynamic human beings are far and few between these days. I will surely miss him for that reason. I promise, too, to stay strong and resolute just like he would want me to. Rest easy, Mr. Dow.
June 20, 2011
Mr. Dow,
We all thank you for your hard work inspiring and fighting for all educators in Palm Beach County! We will miss you and all you have done for us. May you rest in peace.
~Heidi Foster
June 20, 2011
I met Dow within a few days of him arriving in Palm Beach County. A thunderstorm was coming and his cat "Fiver's had climbed up a tree. I gave him my ladder and we got the cat down safely. Thus began a friendship with him and Sharon. I had many wonderful times with the two over the years. Dow was a wonderful man beloved by many who left a mark on the Palm Beach County School system second to none. I am proud to have known such a wonderful man. My condolences to Sharon, his children, and grandchildren. You will be missed. Love and light. Janet Lurker and loxi
June 20, 2011
Mr. Dow was one of my bosses at CTA. He was a joy to work with. He always had a smile on his face and joke to share. Encouraging and supportive was something he always provided to me in my personal life. My son Jacob and I would participate in walk a thons for autism and Mr. Dow supported us in our efforts. I will truly miss your smile and kindness.
June 20, 2011
Although many years have past, the fun times we had will never be forgotten. You made so many of us laugh.Your memory will forever be in our hearts.

CG & Bobby
June 19, 2011
Mr. Dow,
You will always have a spot in my heart. I enjoyed your plays as my daughter spoke of you as the most inspiring teacher she has had. I enjoyed your sense of humor; you are one of a kind. Thank you for believing and fighting for us as our union's president. My condolence to your family. I'm sure you know he was loved, admired and appreciated. We will miss you! In deepest sympathy,
Pam and Chelsea M, West Palm Beach, FL.
June 19, 2011
Dow's energy and inspiration to all of the teachers in Palm Beach County will be missed. May we carry on in your spirit and perseverance in keeping our profession strong and respectable. Thank you, Dow, for all you have done to fight the hard battle professionally and personally. Your leadership will be missed. May God Bless you and your family.
June 19, 2011
Sharon,One of our fondest memories of Dow was him singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". That is exactly how he lived his life....Dow always saw the positive in everything, no matter how bad it was!! He will be missed
June 19, 2011
When Robert Dow first ran for CTA president, I didn’t vote for him. I had served for nearly 7 years on the Negotiations team and tendered my resignation after the election. “Dow” as he was known to his friends and colleagues, didn’t accept it and asked for me to stay on. When negotiations subject matter would evolve into internal debate to which we disagreed, I would jokingly say to Dow, “Remember, I didn’t vote for you.”

He appeared at first to be overwhelmed with the CTA presidency but he took the time to learn the job and learned it well. I can truthfully say that I enjoyed working with him and calling him FRIEND.

I retired from teaching at the end of December 2010. When congratulating him on his re-election this past March, I once again reminded him that I didn’t vote for him.

“Works for me,” he said with a big laugh.

As a teacher, I was honored to have “Dow” standing with me. Godspeed to you.

A.K.A. the Southern Yankee
June 19, 2011
We teachers lost a remarkable member of our family. The void he has left behind will not be easily filled.
June 19, 2011
Goodby, dear friend. dzaijen! New Haven, Yokota and Danang would have been so dull without you. The world is a darker place without your light. The Latrine singers are parted at last. Farewell!
June 19, 2011
Wrapped in cloaks of elvenkind,
conversing in low voices and full of awe, hesitating on the threshold of childhood's end, we gazed into the night sky and saw infinity bathed in the light of other days. "Look," he said, "the stars are falling...."

He was magic.
June 19, 2011
My friend Robert was many things to many people but having him as a friend was one of the good things in my life. I will miss our widely ranging conversations and him always quoting a percentage that we would always want to know where he got it from and was he sure that it was 70 and not 69 or 71. Thanks Robert you were a good man and your friends will miss the good times with you a lot.
June 19, 2011
Thank you for your unending support for teachers. You will be missed
June 19, 2011
Mr. Dow showed grace, humor and spirit in very difficult circumstances.
June 19, 2011
Dows love of life and amazing ability to inspire everyone he came in contact with will be deeply missed. Working along side him was a privilege and something I will never forget. His great sense of humor and way with words inspired every student that walked through his classroom door. He did not just touch his student’s lives he left a memory that will not be forgotten. Dows light will shine bright over all of us!
June 19, 2011
Dow, your job is done here on earth. May God bless you and your family as you go to your home that God built. You laid a pathway for the educators to follow and hopefully they follow that path and keep up the fight that you showed them they were capable of. You will always be remembered and appreciated by all of us whose lives you've touched. I'm glad I had a chance to meet you. You were an inspiration! You left Palm Beach County Schools a better place.
June 18, 2011
Dow was quite some warrior and diplomat, a rare combination! He not only stood up for our teachers and students, but he understood both sides of an issue and knew what was fair to everyone. I will definitely miss this logical, intelligent and truly fun person. For those who knew him, his heartbeat was also ours.
June 18, 2011
Mr. Dow, we will always remember your fight with leukemia and the School Board! God bless you on your journey home.
June 18, 2011
Today, heaven gained an angel to watch over all of the students, teachers, and parents of Palm Beach County. You were an amazing person and there are many, many sad hearts right now. You will forever be in our hearts and minds. Prayers and love to his family.
June 18, 2011
You will be missed Mr. Dow!
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