I had the great privilege to meet Mr. Gammage as a Commander in the Navy and Naval Legal Service Office Corpus Christi. Little did I know the honor at the time as much as I knew it later retrospectively.
Lynda, for those who knew and loved him, we will never forget him and you.
It's been just over a year since you passed and I miss you so much everyday. I love you more than ever and it is completely gut wrenching to me everytime I know I can't pick up the phone and call you. I ask myself why you had to leave and will never know the answer. We all miss you so very much. I read over the guestbook, you had so very many friends and people really loved you. It makes me feel so proud, people call you a hero, said that you made history, but to me you were always just daddy. I truly don't know sometimes how to make it without your words of advice, your strong hugs, and your wonderful sense of humor. You gave me the gift of humor, compassion, understanding, and empathy. Thank you so much for that. I love you very much...you are missed everyday.
I am one of those whose lives crossed paths with Bob years ago but literally just learned of his death today.
After many years of no connection at all, I was able to track Bob down over a year ago where we had two wonderful telephone visits walking down memory lane.
He was a great man in so many ways. As a young reporter and writer of editorials for a newspaper in Rosenberg, I opposed his first campaign for Congress. By his second campaign for the job, I was in his corner then and for the rest of his career which took so many good turns.
There is an abiding truth is that when two people meet and develop a respect for one another, that respect does not require constant communications.
The lesson that has been brought home to me today, however, is that if you have those friends in life whose paths have gone their separate direction, go renew it today before it is too late.
Bob was everything a public servant and public official should be. I am glad that 30 years after we first met that I had an opportunity to tell him how much I respected and admired his career.
The country could use some more young, dedicated, smart, and tough Bob Gammages today.
His was a life well-lived in service to others.
Bob Gammage was a great man. We will miss him.
Bob and I shared a number of things: political views, being descendants of the original settlors of Texas, past attorneys, and an appreciation for family and friends. Bob lived a really good life. My deepest condolences to the family. The good simply go too soon, don't they?
Lynda, this will be a particularly difficult time of year for you and the children. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow I'll give thanks for having known Bob for 45 years. Every time I spoke with him, or we exchanged e-mails, he lifted my spirits. I miss him.
Lynda, So sorry to hear about Bob. Thinking of you.
How sorry I am about Bob's death. I can only say that all the things said about Bob by his friends and love ones are my feelings, he was indeed a wonderful man. I will miss him very much. May God rest his soul and give you and your family peace.
I send my best to Bob's family-Bob attended the PIL program at Harvard Law school, were I had the chance to meet him-my mother worked at the PIL program for 25 years and Bob was so knid to her-I was a Boston area lawyer for 10 years and relocated to Sarasota, FL in 2000-I was recently elected to the Circuit Court bench in Sarasota and start my judidcial duties in January-Bob was a inspiration to me and many others-as a yankee from the Northeast,Bob showed my Mom, Nancy Lakin and all the folks at Harvard great respect-thanks for all kindness Bob, from your friends in Boston and Sarasota, FL
To this day, there is nothing for which I am more proud, humbled and honored than to say that I was a member of Bob's congressional staff in the late 70's. He was a caring, honest, and thoughtful Congressman, able and WILLING to work with those on both sides of the aisle to make a real difference in the lives of his constituents and the rest of the country. He was also an incredible teacher and I was so lucky to be his student then and later when he was on the bench in Austin....His humor, smile, warmth, and friendship will be missed......
I never met Bob Gammage , but knew him by reputation and very much appreciate his outstanding public service. My condolences to his family. Que vaya con Dios!
Dear Terry,Sara & Bob jr-
I just heard about the loss of your Dad, yesterday on the radio.
I am so very sorry for your loss, I have very fond & informative memories with your Dad, thanks to being your friend Terry- from Kindergarten and then being brought back together @ J.Frank Dobie High School-
I think & Pray for you often, but my heart was deeply saddened when it hit me that your Dad was really gone.
I Pray for Comfort,Peace & for You All to know, that God's Grace & Mercy is always there!!!
All my Love- Kathy Robbins
I was so shocked to hear of Bob's death. I had spoken to him a month ago to receive his help once more in my life...He was such a dear friend from our cradlerow days at Park Place Baptist Church and being classmates from the first through the twelfth grade. He meant so much to me and I cherish the smiles, hugs, and advice that he shared with me over the years. He will be missed by so many people and especially his Park Place friends and Deady and Milby family. We have lost a very dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his children, grandchildren, sister, and other relatives. God will supply you peace and comfort during this difficult time of grief.
Norma Jean Reynolds Cooper, Milby Class 1956
You and your lovely wife were kind and supportive of my Llano adventures, giving me hope during a time of doubt. Linda, I am so sorry you lost your incredible partner so early in life; but what a powerful and great man you got to share your life with. He will be missed by all lovers of justice and good times!
I was blessed and fortunate to meet Mr. Gammage through Naval service. I wish I could have known him better and longer. He would have been a great governor. He would have been great in any office the public elected him to serve.
Our prayers are with the Gammage family. Yolanda and I both went to school with Bob at Milby High School. Several of his class mates were there from Houston at the funeral yesterday. We all have fond memories of Bob. From: Joe & Yolanda Dominguez both graduates from Milby High School in (57)
Dear Gammage Family,
The world lost one amazing human being on 9-11-2012, Robert Alton Gammage.
Years ago, my husband,Dave Allred, and he worked as close-knit Legislators in a volitile period of Texas History in the House of Representatives. Through the years, Bob remained in touch with David to his delight and advantage. In fact, Bob was responsible for obtaining a burial site for him in the Texas State Cemeteary where Dave was laid to rest after a short period in Virginia's soil. This resting place was David's wish. Bob helped make that wish come true. After David's death, Bob continued to keep in touch with me our children, Rebecca (Becky), Stephen, and James (Jimmy). And we all appreciated his thoughtfulness.
Stephen told me of Bob's death tonight, and we are all deeply saddened. He was one of my heroes. He was a person to look up to in this life, because of his kindness,consideration, humor, sense of justice, intelligence, loyalty and honesty in every regard. His interest and care of people of all ages and in diverse circumstances was evident as well as productive. My children and I will miss his being here to hear that wonderful voice from time to time. Our prayers will follow you each through the days and weeks ahead as you feel his absence so keenly.
God bless you all.
The David Allred Family, Patricia (Pat), Becky, Stephen, and Jimmy
May our great God give to Bob's family the peace that passeth all understanding as they morn Bob's death and celebrate his life!
Lynda, my heart broke into 5 independent pieces when I heard the news about Clag. But what a beautiful send off! It was very touching, especially Sam's remarks. You must be very proud of him. Love and deepest sympathy,
May you rest in peace, Bob! I played football with
Bob at Del Mar Jr. College. He was a great teammate and a good friend of everyone. I was blessed to have been closely associated with him for those two brief years. I took pride in having known him as he ascended to the top of his profession. We have lost
a really good man!
Judge Gammage's career was one of distinguished public service to his community, Texas and the nation. He was well liked by people in all walks of life as a genuine human being whose integrity and love of his family always shone through. Cheryl and I extend our deepest sympathies to Lynda and all of the Gammage family.
To Bob's Family and Friends,
In this time of sorrow and pain of heart. May you have,"Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord" (1 Timothy 1:2) Holy Bible Easy-to-Read Version
You are in my prayers.
I have lost my best frind,my hero,a hero for the people,Bob will be missed by so many.adios Bob
May the peace of the Lord be with you during this time. Love Melissa Cuellar
Sara, Terry, Robert & Sam, I'm terribly sorry for the loss of your dad. I recall his booming voice and how much a family man he was. You kids meant everything to him. I hope your grief is as possible short as possible. Sara, I'd love to hear from you. Please call me at 512.565.5947.love Missy Cuellar
To my cousin, I will miss him at our family reunions. When I first started finding out about my family 2000 to 2003, and went to the first reunion, I met Robert, and since then always held him high on my list to look up to. May he rest in peace, and our condolences to Lynda and all the family. William & Mary Gammage
Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob was my dear friend and hero.
I first met Bob in 1969 when my husband (the late Ascension Razo) worked in Bob's early political career. We never fogot Bob throughout the years. Bob, as you wrote in my husband's obituary and I quote "we have lost a good man, a good public servant", well here it is back to you our great friend. You left us when our country needed you the most, but I know that you will guide us from Heaven. I feel the same sadness in my heart as when John Kennedy left us.
Lynda, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We have lost a great hero.
Lynda and family, I was heartbroken to learn of Bob's passing. I adored Bob for his wonderful gift to be the man of the people, all people. I greatly appreciate his wisdom and advice which I often asked for. Those of us, who had the honor of knowing Bob, knew he loved life, a good book, and he loved his family. This is one Democrat who will never forget the good he did in and out of politics. I will cherish my memories of our talks in the kitchen, his patients with Lynda and me, with our silly mishaps, and our love of politics. Thank you Bob! Peace and Sympathy be with you Lynda
Bob Gammage will not be forgotten. I am thankful for the time we spent at the Capitol and at Democratic Conventions over the years.
Godspeed and safe journey, Uncle Bobby. You will be missed. May God bless Linda, Bobby, Sam, Sara, and Terry in the days to come.
Dearest Lynda, My sorrow is so deep, but my memories of Bob will always be so full. He was a great American, a great Democrat, and I would like to think, a great friend. I know you will miss him, as will the thousands of people he touched, mentored, taught and teased. And me.
I first met Bob in 1959 when we served in the Army together. We stayed very close friends all of these years. He visited with me often here in California while he was in the Naval Reserve. I last spoke to Bob on Friday by cellphone. His last email to me was Sunday at 2:45 pm. I will share my memories with his immediate family when I see them tomorrow. I will miss our long conversations, his ready smile and easy laugh, and his keen insight about politics, both current and past.
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Judge Gammage. My mother worked with Judge Gammage while at the 3rd COA, and he watched me grow up in to a young lady with the share love of politics. We last spoke at the state convention this past June and share stories over breakfast. I will never forget your smile and your words regarding the importance of education. Thanks for being an inspiration.
Great friend and cousin, lover of history, books, and people, especially people. And politics of course. Supreme fighter for the best in all of us. In all of these, and perhaps mostly, he was, in Nancy Willard's words,
"that light by which we read, while he was here,
the chapter called Joy in the Book of Creation."
Lynda..so shocked and sorry to learn of Bob's passing. I remember our wine tour when we met you two. Bet he and Twinkle are having a grand ole time discussing politics. Our thoughts are with you.
I never knew Bob well but did know that he helped put UCC on the map. It is a loss for Texas. My sympathy to the family.
Lynda, Saturday was Gallery Night and as I drove past Rebecca Low's gallery I smiled. How much fun we all had that night as the football players & cheerleaders of Low Tech University. Bob's laughter and great sense of humor were priceless. My love is with you. May you find smiles through your tears, sweet one. He was an amazing man, and I am honored to have known him.
I met Bob when he visited my social studies classroom to talk to my students about making life decisions; they loved him and he gave them an important message about opportunity and responsibility. That he would take time for this is indicative of his total commitment to making a difference in every possible manner. His passing is a great loss, his life was an even greater blessing.
I don't know what made me pull up the Statesman on-line today, or to check the obits...something I've never done before. I was truly shocked and dismayed to see this news of Bob's passing.
Know that I'm thinking about you and all you're going through.
Stay strong...you'll get through this...Love you. Barb
Lynda and family,
I was devastated to learn of Bob's passing. Speaker Jimmy Turman introducted me to Bob in 1986.
We became fast friends and were lunch partners at TEC Cafeteria for several months.
I was honored when he asked me if I would take pictures of him when he was sworn in to the Supremen Count.
Bob will be sorely missed by all that knew him. My wife and I extended our deepest sympathy to all of you.
I will never forget all the times that my Aunt Sally Rosin hand wrote the invitations for Bob. He will be missed!!
Bob, it seems only yesterday we walked the halls of Milby, and now you are in a higher place. May GOD be with all of your friends and family in their time of grief.
You will surely be missed, Joyce '56'
Bob will be sorely missed by his Milby High buddies that he so much enjoyed sharing lunch with on quarterly basis.
This was such a shock to me! Had not heard of his passing! The last time I saw Bob was at the UCC reunion of 2005. When I saw him and recognized his face it startled me that he appeared shorter. I always remembered him as a taller man. Sometimes I guess the "power" that people have makes them appear larger than they really are! I worked for Bob and Dean Dorothy Cornelison as their secretaries for a year during my Jr. year at UCC! Because they were the Deans of all the 'kids' on campus I pretty much recognized everyone when I'd see them around campus (from having seen them in one of those offices at some time). I think pretty near every male student that was a 'transfer' from up North came to see him at some point during that year! Often thought we should install a revolving door to HIS office!! He was a man who decided what he wanted to do and then made sure that it happened. Think he left UCC after that year to get his law degree & he didn't let it just stop there! He worked his way up to be an important Judge! Many good memories from the year I worked with him. Judith(Judy Stewart)Lee
Our Mothers were friends back there in ParkPlace when we were born. Sara and Irene placed us on blankets for pictures. From then to the recent Milby High reunions, it has been rewarding to watch Bob's determination to achieve and in doing so, accomplish so much for us all. Bob will always be lovingly in our memories.
Dear Lynda & Family,
We are so very sorry to learn of our classmate and friend's passing. He will be truly missed at our Milby reunions. We were so very proud of his many accomplishments, and proud to have shared our youth at Milby. Our hearts are very heavy with sorrow. Words will not suffice;and, the only consolation is he will be at peace. God bless you Lynda and his family. Take care of each other at this very difficult time.
GLORIA & RAYMOND GARCIA
Rest in peace, Bob. Thanks for your service and your friendship.
Judge Gammage was my boss while I was employed at the 3rd COA. He was such a kind and gracious man. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May your memories be your comfort. Rest in peace Judge Gammage. We will miss your smiling face.
It is a loss to those of us who did not know him well but were looking forward to knowing him better.
Words can't adequately describe Bob's accomplishments, contributions and especially the man, only feelings. He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with Lynda and the children. Texas has lost a great man.
You brought a shine to the family name, Bob. So glad I got to know you and glad I got to see you this summer. I honor your service to this country and its people. God Bless you. Love to all the family. You'll be missed.
Johnny and I will always remember him as an outstanding human being, having been his underclassmen at his beloved University of Corpus Christi! He lost his letterman's jacket and borrowed Johnny's to have one made...what a special person Heaven is enjoying!!!
I will miss my cousin, Bob Gammage. He will have good
company in the Texas State Cemetery: Judge William
Wayne Justice and Bill Kugle, two great and liberal Texans,
all 3 men of good heart and courage.
Bob, We will miss you and your smiling face. Sorry that you will not be at our next Class Reunion in April. MIlby Alumni Class of 1956.
Bob Gammage was a colleague on the Court and a friend long before that. He is gone too soon. My husband John Hay and I send our love and sympathy to Lynda and to all of Bob's family. May his soul rest in peace.
Chief Justice (Retired)
I was very sad to hear that Bob Gammage passed away. I had him as a professor at Sam Houston State University. I was applying to law schools and he was kind enough to assist me and write a letter of recommendation. He was generous with his time and will be missed.
Linda, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Janice Hughes
Cousin, we'll miss your laugh and great smile. You're gone too soon.
When he was on the 3rd Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, he always took time to eat lunch with me where he offered friendship and advice. At the time I was in a struggling law practice in a small town and seeing Bob would always lift my spirits. We always ate at the old state cafeteria where he was well known. There was a "Bob Gammage special" lunch on the menu named after him. He and the cafeteria manager would exchange stories and poke fun at each other. Texas will miss you, Bob, and so will I.
The world is a little duller today with this good man gone. He was a former high school classmate of mine, a generous contributor of many good memories and stories to our Chop Suey newsletter for Milby students from the '50's, and a good friend to have in your corner. He will be missed by all! My condolences go to his wife, his children and his grandchildren. Rest in peace, Bob.
BOB GAMMAGE WAS NOT ONLY A GREAT POLITICAL LEADER BUT A GREAT FRIEND. A LIFE LONG FRIEND TO MY PARENTS. AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR SUPPORT TO THE VERLANDER FAMILY. THANK YOU BOB FOR MAKING OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE... REST IN PEACE OUR FRIEND...
I am heartbroken to hear that Bob Gammage has passed away. He was an amazing man who spent his life pursuing justice and equality for us all. His achievements were immense. But, I will always remember him as Uncle Bobby! He was my Mothers best friend from the time they were in the 3rd grade. My Mother, Grandmother and Sister all worked in his campaigns. He was a Hero in our family. He will always be a Hero! My heart goes out to his family.
Rest in Peace, Uncle Bobby and God Bless You!