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James Robbins "Bob" Gardiner Obituary
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April 20, 2018

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November 20, 2017
I knew Bob in the 70s in Portland and used to visit him alot when he resided in a large apartment in a 'classic' old wooden building in Northwest Portland which housed local actors, including Terry Knox before moving to SoCal and becoming a movie star. First saw tiny clay figures in Bob's fridge there. Bob let all his friends hold Oscar at party thrown for him at beer tavern down by the tracks in old warehouse district. Just learned of Bob's passing.
October 31, 2017
I'm sorry to go on and on like this, but it's 5:30 am and I've been reading these messages to Bob from everyone, and i just keep thinking of more i want to say.
It's funny, but I can't help thinking that those of us who lived there at The Lawn Apartments alongside Bob from, say, 1973-78, got a vintage Bob Gardiner experience.
That's nonsense, of course. He gave the full but gentle blast of his personality everyone all the time.
But still, somehow, life there at The Lawn, where the bathrooms and showers were in the hallways, brought everybody closer together than they might otherwise have been. You'll either agree with me or you won't.
But please know this: There are few memories in my life as precious as those shared with Bob and Damian and Rebecca and Agnes and 20 or so others in that splendid 100 year old building there on NW 18th Ave.
O Bob O Bob, I remember you well and I will remember you as long as I live.
I'm sorry I didn't call you back that last time you left a message for me in LA on my machine. You sounded like you wanted to talk, but I was working, and you, if anyone, might understand that.
You were the hardest worker I ever met--even though things came easier for you than for the rest of us.
Dear friend.
October 31, 2017
But more than anything else, Bob was the brightest creative light I'd ever known. And a fine friend to have early in the morning when I was vacuuming the halls and could hear him singing in 208.
Damian was right upstairs.
That was a special time in all our lives, and Bob was the center of it.

And his brother John will smile when I remind him that the day after Bob won the Oscar, his rent check bounced.
Terry
October 31, 2017
But more than anything else, Bob was the brightest creative light I'd ever known. And a fine friend to have early in the morning when I was vacuuming the halls and could hear him singing in 208.
Damian was right upstairs.
That was a special time in all our lives, and Bob was the center of it.