“I crewed for Bob on his J-22 for a while when I lived in Minneapolis. I was a newly transitioned Navy officer looking to race. Bob not only taught me the finer points of racing a J-22 but also how to make a perfect Bombay Sapphire & tonic upon returning to his dock. I've always thought of you when I drink one and will always remember your thoughtfulness and graciousness both on and off the water. Raising my glass to you, skipper!
“To Meg, Christopher, Peter and families:
I just learned of Bob's passing today and I am so very sorry for your loss. I adored Bob. He was a huge part of my life growing up. Meg - I loved hanging out with you and Bob when you would come over to our house. I remember several New Year's Eves spent enjoying time with my parents and the two of you. Treasured times. Bob was a lovely man with a kind heart and a gentle spirit. The last time I saw him was at my Dad's (Doug Lowe) service....
“I had the pleasure of taking Bob for (what I believe to be) his last sail. It was a 3 generation event with Bob, Peter, and Cavan. Bob pulled his own mainsheet. The event was orchestrated by AgeWell.
“Bob was one of my early instructors on the J-22. He kindly taught me just how the spinnaker should fly. I am still grateful for the lessons.
“Bob was and is a sailing pillar on Lake Minnetonka. Bob and Meg's involvement and support extended to international sailing competition. Bob's smiles, enthusiasm, and tales about ladies and sails will be remembered among many for many years.
“When I was 16 and Bob was 18, for some reason our parents were willing to approve a trip for the two of us to go alone to Sun Valley for spring vacation. Without getting into the details, we had a wonderful time. We've been friends ever since.
“Bob was a wonderful role model and leader. We served on WYCs board where Bob was so effective in building consensus in a friendly and respectful manner. A competitive sailor, I usually finished watching his transom. Thank you for the lessons, Bob.
“A leader, a gentleman, a kind soul. Much respect and appreciation for Bob.
“My cousin Bob was very helpful in guiding me as I developed my own Market Reseach Company. He made it sound like so much fun. As so many are saying, my fellow Market Research associates all called him "Gentleman Bob". What a wonderful way to be remembered. I will miss him, as will my husband, Steve.
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Slocum, Robert Earl of Woodland, MN, passed away at his home on February 17, 2013. He was 81 years old. Bob was born in Minneapolis to May Earl and James A. Slocum. He attended The Blake School and Princeton University. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany....Read More