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DONALDS, Robert E. "Boston Bob" 55, died on October 23, 2008, following a courageous battle with cancer. Loving husband of Karen M. (Thomas) Donalds of Wayland. Beloved father of Samantha K. Donalds, Christopher R. Donalds and Julia L. Donalds, all of Wayland. Devoted son of Jacqueline A. (Collicut) Donalds of Dedham. Brother of David B. Donalds and his wife Neri E. of Wayland, William J. Donalds of Attleboro, James H. Donalds and his wife Linda of Lunenberg and Richard F. Donalds and his wife Liz of Sherborn. Son-in-law of Jack and June (Listenik) Thomas of Ormand Beach, FL. Bob was the founder and owner of Boston Engine Exchange. He was a loving and devoted husband and father to his family and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitations on Friday, October 31, 2008 from 4-8 PM at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Rd (Off Route 30), WAYLAND. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 1 PM at the First Parish in Wayland, 50 Cochituate Rd., (Rte 20), Wayland Centre. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests gifts in his memory may be sent to the MGH Palliative Care Service, 55 Fruit St. Founders 600, Boston, MA 02114.

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Published in Boston Globe on Oct. 26, 2008.
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November 30, 2008
My daughter Lindsay just told me about Bob’s untimely death. What very sad news indeed. I regret I never met Bob personally but I considered him a kindred spirit. We would often pass each other in our identical maroon 87 Vanagons with a friendly flash of the lights. May peace and love be with your family.
Carl Warren
November 11, 2008
Take care my old friend. My condolences to your family.
Ken Best
November 3, 2008
I spoke with Bob a few times on the phone and exchanged e-mails, but like many people in the VW world, I knew him best from his entertaining, memorable and deeply knowledgeable posts on the Vanagon mailing list. It was always evident from his writing that he had a deep affection for these vehicles and a genuine interest in helping people. One probably gave rise to the other, or more likely they were mutually reinforcing.

While others say that Bob is at rest now, I can’t help but wonder if God called him to adjust the crankshaft end play or some such thing on the engine of the divine Westfalia, as anyone familiar with Bob’s work would agree that even God would need Bob’s help getting everything just exactly perfect.

My sincere condolences to Karen and the Donalds family.
Kevin Mulligan
November 3, 2008
To Bob Donalds Family:

As with most folks who knew Bob, he came into my life in an hour of beloved Vanagon had blown the engine. Bob not only rebuilt my engine, he drove down to West Chester PA from Boston "on his way to Carlisle" so he could pick up three engine blocks I had. And he delivered an engine that now has 110,000 miles on it.
We spoke often after that, about fishing with his Daughter, spending time doing the simple things... taking the time to enjoy life.

In my busy career as a veterinarian doing house calls in my Vanagon, I think of Bob and thank him every day. And I will continue to....

My sympathies to all his family,

Docterry McGrath
Docterry McGrath
November 3, 2008
Bob was such a kind and caring person who really had a passion for life and people. He will be greatly missed!
My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Karen, and the kids.
Sue Jones
November 2, 2008
My sincere condolences to Bob's family and friends. I grew up with Bob (Robby back then) in the early 60s and we built all sorts of things, like homemade mini-bikes from wheelbarrow wheels, washing machine parts, EMT tubing, the front halves of kid's bikes, and scrounged lawnmower engines. I remember the excitement of the first dune buggy Bob built.

At the time of his treatment for Hodgkins Disease in the early 1970s I remember visiting him and his concern for putting his friends at ease about his illness. He had a ponytail back then and delighted in pulling it up and showing you that the back portion of his head was bald.

I last saw Bob at our 27th high school reunion, about 10 years ago. What I remember about our re-connecting at that time was his love for and pride in his family - he had photos of each of them and stories about each one.

Tailwinds to you, old friend.
Marc Rosenbaum
November 2, 2008
Bob was a good hearted guy who was consistantly positive and upbeat. When growing up in Newton we did a lot of fun things together and my memories of him and his family are fond. I sincerely extend my condolence to his family and I believe the world will be less without him

Rest in Peace'll be missed
David Lowney
November 2, 2008
They say you're supposed to find a job you love, then it won't feel like work. I've always admired people who are brave enough to do this. None better than Bob.

Rest in peace.
Isaac Taylor
November 1, 2008

Please remember that we are here for you.
Call us anytime for anything.

From all of us at Coach Grill
November 1, 2008
Everything as been said here!
Rest in peace Bob.
My condolence to his family.
Ben Huot
November 1, 2008
Bob's love and understanding of VW engines will be missed. I can't remember how long I've known him. He was one of those guys that took mechanical things and treated them as art. He will be missed by many.
Dennis Haynes
November 1, 2008
As we say in the Coast Guard, fair winds and following seas.
Kyle Chapman
November 1, 2008
Bob was a great guy. I have known him most of my life. He gave a lot of himself.

He gave me a job when I was in college.

He gave me first dibs on his old apartment when we were young and in need of an affordable place.

He gave my troubled brother a ride to the hospital on a cold lonely night when my brother sorely needed the ride. When I told Bob ‘Thanks’, Bob replied, “He is my buddy too Dom” referring to my Brother.

He will be missed.

Dominic Brown
October 31, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the Donalds family as it begins the journey of recovering from this loss.
Matt Goss
October 31, 2008
Bob, While i never had the chance to meet you I have read your postings on the list for many years and feel like i do know you. You will be missed greatly by all in our community and my heart goes out to your family.
Ronald Lichtenstein
October 31, 2008
I have only known Bob for a couple of years, but he taught me you have to have committment before you can have any pride in your work. He spoke to me often of his committment to and his pride in his family. Always a family man.

He was also a man who enjoyed some lively conversation and verbal banter as well as a good joke.

I wish I had known him 20 years ago when we were all a bit younger.

Rest in peace Bob. Your work here is done and you are not fogotten.
Randy McMullin
October 31, 2008
Bob, You were the best friend a guy could ever have. You were always there for your friends without ever thinking of yourself, You were always genuine and selfless. You were a courageous warrior to the end, never complaining or giving up hope. We have all been so fortunate to have known you. I will miss you more than words could ever express. My deepest condolences to Karen and the kids, let me know if there are VW's in heaven.
Steve Thompson
October 31, 2008
I was a frequent visitor to Bob's web site and bought some heads from him when my Carat's engine was rebuilt. I appreciate the advice he provided to Vanagon list members. Always accurate, he kept my van and many others going with his sage advice. His legacy will live on, even beyond the lifespan of our aging vans, because in many cases, it was timeless. God speed Boston Bob!
Tom Stone
October 31, 2008
My condolences to Bob's family. I knew Bob only from the telephone discussions we had before and after I purchased an engine from him for my '84 Vanagon in 2003. His engine keeps right on running.
John Lauterbach
October 31, 2008
Unfortunately, Bob and I had drifted out of touch over the past couple of decades, but I remember many great (and sometimes frustrating) times working on and having fun with what would now be considered vintage Volkswagens with Bob. I was fortunate to grow up in his neighborhood in Newtonville, and it was great to have someone like him to learn from, and to help me out as an amateur backyard and basement VW mechanic.

Though with Bob's advice I was able to successfully rebuild engines in air-cooled Volkswagens, I did not keep up with the technology as the years went by. I have no idea what's going on under the hood of my Golf, but I will always remember Bob as a very generous, helpful friend, and part of sharing my "good old days" of Buses, Beetles, and an occasional Grateful Dead concert. All the best wishes to his family and friends.
Eli Polonsky
October 31, 2008
I didn't know Bobby that well but when I was a kid I lived a couple blocks from him. He always had a bunch of Volkwagen in various stages of repair in his garage and I used to love to watch him work on them, I remember he was a nice guy. Reading all the comments here I can see he will be missed and remembered fondly by all
Gabriel Polonsky
October 30, 2008
Many years ago I had the privilege to work for Bob back when the shop was on Philips St and in Watertown Square “Bobs Motor Service”. Work was always mixed with fun and practical jokes shared. Did you know a VW camshaft dropped on the gear end from two feet would snap off clean! This was demonstrated many many times!!! Bob was a mentor, a patient teacher and a friend. At times I was frustrated by his generosity to others because I knew that he struggled financially because of it. But that was Bob always willing to help and offer advice to others. God speed Bob. My condolences to all the Donald’s.
Gabor Korthy
October 30, 2008
I grew up around the corner from Bob. Although I didn't know him that well then (I am 9 years younger) I remember admiring his dune-buggies and other VWs he had in his yard. Fast forward many years I came to know him on a personal level when I moved to Wayland. I would stop by his house to talk life and VWs with him. Reading all that I have about him I realize just how much I will miss him.
Phil Wallace
October 30, 2008
Thank you for blessing so many people with your work.
Conrad Klahn
October 30, 2008
I have not met BB but know only from list members testimoniew. i made a contribution based on members comments. My thoughts and condolences to your family and friends. Wish I could make it to the cruise, may we all remember BB in peace.
rick foster
October 30, 2008
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Bob, knowing him only by his legendary reputation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and VW enthusiasts everywhere.
Ron Cunningham
October 30, 2008
My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. A hard worker to the end. I loved Bob.
Jenie McGrew
October 30, 2008
I had the priviledge of meeting Bob last summer (2007) at his home and shop . This man had a very big heart and I am sad that I've lost a friend.
Please except my sympathy,
Robert Keezer
Robert Keezer
October 30, 2008
Though I never had the opportunity to meet Bob in person, I at least had the pleasure of exchanging emails with him once or twice. I have read Bob's posts on the Vanagon List for years and always held his submissions in the highest regard. Bob's passing is a great loss to his immediate family, the community in which he resided, and to his extended family of VW owners around the world.
Mark Tuovinen
October 30, 2008
Thank-you Bob! You live on in our hearts.
May all your loved ones be safe and well.
Jen Schlee
October 30, 2008
Bob was larger than life in the VW World & now in the greater world. Rarely am I affected so greatly by someone I never met in person, but still grew to respect as a friend & mentor.

May the memory of Bob continue to remind us all of what it means to be part of a larger community, to unconditionally share our time, experience, & knowledge of what we love.
Tom Buese
October 30, 2008
I'm another one that never dealt with Bob or even had the occasion to talke to him. But I learned that any message from 'Boston Bob' was a must read because there would be good, sound information in that message. Bobs contributions will live on in the VW community for a long time and let's hope the lessons he taught us all are not forgotten.
Loren Busch
October 30, 2008
Bob's passion for his chosen life showed in all the things he shared with the folks who also loved VWs. His help and caring for how other people were doing should be an inspiration for us all.
Evan Mac Donald
October 30, 2008
Bob will be missed.............
Doug Alcock
October 30, 2008
Only one life to live make it count every moment of every day.

"God Bless"
T.R. Hollis
October 30, 2008
Like many others who have already posted let me start by saying I never had the privilege of meeting Bob. However, I did have one hour long phone conversation with him - he was of course generously helping a stranger (me) fix a Vanagon problem. His sharing of his knowledge with the VW community is legendary. I think the void left by his passing will be impossible to fill.

The memories and words of others have proven that Bob was clearly more than a great VW mechanic - he was a great person and a wonderful soul.

My deepest sympathy and warmest wishes go to Karen and the children.

Have peace Boston Bob and thank you for everything.
Jeff Lincoln
October 30, 2008
Spoke to Bob several times over the phone. What a great man. His children should be proud to say he was there Dad.
Jim Vidal
October 30, 2008
Bob's knowledge and personality was so big he reached people he never met. His presence and support in online communities is real and deeply valued...and will be deeply missed.

My best to his family and all his friends.
Julia Schrenkler
October 30, 2008
My condolences to the Donald's family. I never had the opportunity to deal with Boston Bob but I've been the list for several years and was able to measure the helpfullness of Bob. From the comments I've red this past week I can see that Bob was an exceptional person.
Gilles Turmel
October 30, 2008
Bob was a true craftsman who took pride in his work and dealt with people with honesty and integrity. He was a good man and an asset to our community, and he will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences to his family.
Ron Salmon, and all of us at
October 30, 2008
I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to learn from Boston Bob. He greatly enriched the VW community with his experience and generosity. Bob was always there to answer my questions. I was looking forward to being able to thank him in person some day.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Pascal Giasson
October 30, 2008
Thanks for all the years of advice.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family....

Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and all that is within me Bless His Holy Name...

Rest in Peace
Steve LZO
October 30, 2008
Vanagon owners share a unique bond with their Vans... and each other. On the "list" Bob was a respected contributor and friend. Without a doubt when my engine does finally fail, and it will, a Boston Bob engine would have been my only consideration. How we will miss him!
Niel Blackwell
October 30, 2008
My sincere condolences to Karen and Bob's family. Bob will be missed by all. Bob's engine in my '87 will go to Mexico again this year and each and every Cerveza and Tequila will be toasted in his honour.
Frank Condelli
October 30, 2008
I had the pleasure of meeting Bob on one of my visits to Boston. He was pleasant and more than eager to stop working to talk. We talked about engines, some torque experiments he was working on, and rebuild techniques. Afterwards he insisted I go for a ride with him in his Westy with his own big valve engine in it. Bob was one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He touched many lives, always leaving people better off than when he met them. What a great man. We lost a great man, a great mechanic, a great friend. It is not just us that lost, the world lost. He will be sorely and forever missed.
Zoran Mladenovic
October 30, 2008
I knew Bob from his excellent VW engine rebuilding and still have one of his engines in my Vanagon. I never met Bob face to face, living here in Iowa, but there are some folks that you can trust on their reputation alone and Bob was certainly one of those folks. He was never more than a phone call away and always supportive and full of helpful information when I needed it. His advice over the Vanagon list was frequently saved in my Eudora "Boston Bob" mailbox where it will remain for me to refer to. He had a business to run, but he also valued each of his customers and I am honored to have been one.

I wish the surviving family members strength through these upcoming months and wish I could do more than simply write an electronic thank you to Bob here. God has taken him to a better place, but take comfort in the fact the rest of you will be with him again one day. I know I'm looking forward to that day as well.

Max Wellhouse
October 29, 2008
Met bob back in the 80's. I can't really believe he is gone or is he really? Bob I'll see you at the next VW show.
Jim Phillips
October 29, 2008
Bob's always smiling face and smiling personality will be missed at shows not to mention his knowledge.
Clay & Mary Smith
October 29, 2008

I hope when I pass on, just one person will believe I lived my life with the same dedication and skill you did. I'll consider my life a success as I consider yours.

May you be in Heaven before the devil knows you're gone.
Tim O'Brien
October 29, 2008
A spring. A stupid little spring made of unobtainium. Showed up in the mail about a week after I mentioned it on the Vanagon List. Silly thing to remember, but that was Bob. If you needed and he could help, he did. Every time.

Thanks Bob. And thanks Karen for letting us borrow him from time to time.
Jim Arnott
October 29, 2008
Karen and Family,
Bob was like family to us... not just a customer. Bob always had something nice to say and always had a positive attitude.We will miss him so much. We feel blessed that we were able to know such a kind, caring, and loving person.
Mike & Kathy Giakoumakis Liberty Pizza
October 29, 2008
My condolences to the Donalds' family. While I never met or knew Bob, by all accounts he was a fine person. May he find peace and adventure in his current journey where I'm sure he'll do well.
Bob Peak
October 29, 2008
Bob saved me from a horrid rebuild, spent a lot of time on the phone "hand holdiing" and reassuring me. The result was a smooth-running 82 Westy. Bob's patience and sense of humor made the whole process of installing his beautiful engine almost painless.
Thank You Bob I just wish I'd gotten to meet you

Jim Sweet
Jim Sweet
October 29, 2008
He is the one who never dies while he is within us. His noble deeds and wonderful personality has been living in our hearts for a long time already. We all wish and try to be like him. There is a monument standing for him in our minds as one of the greatest we known.
I, for one, thank him for all he has done to me and to others.
A great example to us all.
Zoltan Kuthy
October 29, 2008
I had the pleasure of meeting Bob in person at his shop. Installed several of his motors in my vans as well as a few list members. I've never met a person so willing to stop what he was doing and take a call and help out a fellow vanagon nut. Often he spent hours of his time helping me sort through issues even when it wasn't on one of his engines.
I remember arriving at his place after dark one time with a core motor in the back of a truck. We loaded the rebuilt in and I realized I had left the mounting bar on the core. "No problem' Bob said and handed me one from a near by pile of stuff. I traveled back to Michigan only to realize upon installation that the motor mount he gave me was for a Syncro and yes, there is a difference between a Syncro motor mount bar and a 2wd motor mount bar. He seemed surprised to learn that, and I was surprised the Oracle Boston Bob didn't know everything! I sit here and remember the little bit of time I was able to spend with him fondly.
He loved his work, his wife and especially his daughter. My condolences go to his family. He will be sorely missed by me and many others I am sure.
Brien Dews
Brien Dews
October 29, 2008
Mr. Boston Bob (Donalds) is the first person that I've never met, but who's passing caused me to feel profound sadness. I "know him" through his internet posts, tales of wonderful engines, and stories of being a upstanding person. Bob's huge number of friends stands testament.

Right now, I have a feeling Bob, John Muir, and other VW legends are up to something special.

We'll miss you Boston Bob!
Jon Kenneke
October 29, 2008
On behalf of all of us here at GoWesty we would like to express our most sincere condolences. We all appreciate the work and enthusiasm Bob brought to the VW Bus/Vanagon community. He will be missed by many.

S. Lucas Valdes and the entire GoWesty staff.
S. Lucas Valdes
October 28, 2008
Bob was a great friend from the first moment I met him that was just his style.I worked with him for some time where I learned more about life and becoming the person that I have become today than about engines most days.I would see him smiling sitting behind a big pile of heads at the boring bar and would ask him what was up.He would say " Johnny I'm just an air cooled due in a way loose mood".He called me a short while back just to tell me how proud he was of me and that he was happy of the good man and father I had become.Thanks to his caring ,friendship and the mens weekend he sent me to that had changed his life so much I was able to get there.I loved Bob very much and will miss him dearly.My deepest sympathy to his family.
you will be missed.
john sayewich
October 28, 2008
I have not seen Bobby for 35 years, yet I can still see him, fixing someones car. He and I worked many hours on my old VW bus. Thanks Bobby, and say hello to Meatball when you get to the Pearly Gates.
Stephen Tocci
October 28, 2008
After hearing about Bob for many years, I finally got an engine from him a few months ago - installed it about 6 weeks ago. I think I might just pull it out to save it. Going to miss talking to Bob. RIP Bob.
Trey Jung
October 28, 2008 were one of those people who was so worth knowing. The only video I have of my teens when they were babies was taken by you and I watch and cherish it till this day. I remember having a meltdown when the tow guy put regular gas in my diesel engine on the Rabbit and you took care of that guy and my were priceless! When we lived next door to you, Karen and the kids. I could not have asked for a better neighbor and friend. You were always ready for the next big adventure, swings, boat rides, hugs and advice all there for all comers. Please don't rest in peace Bob. Please bring as much energy, zest and opinions to the next place...shake it up my friend. Karen, Sam, Chris and Julia, You all have what it takes, my heart is with you during this time. Bob had the BEST of what family means.
Roxanne Randall
October 28, 2008
I have one of Bob's motors in my '85 Vanagon.

Bob will be always with me, live and talkin' each and everytime I fire up the VW.

Thank you for all your help and knowlege.

May God bless and keep you.
Mark Carrig
October 28, 2008
I have been mightily helped by the many technical articles Bob has so willingly submitted to the Vanagon Archives. When I read of his untimely death I felt like someone had put a knife in my own back even though I had never met Bob personally. We will all miss him. My condolences to his dear family.
Reynold Woodall
October 28, 2008
Bob was a good friend to me and all who met him. His insight and knowledge on VW related and world matters were second to none. I'll miss him and his 'Bob-isums'. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Bob, Thanks for all your help. God Bless.
Jim Digennaro
October 28, 2008
I never met Bob but have read many good things about him in the VW forums. My deepest condolences to Bob's family for this tragic loss. He will be missed in the VW community also. R.I.P Bob
Geno McMahon
October 27, 2008
Bob was one of the best men I have ever known and he will be missed my many
Wayne Leidecker
October 27, 2008
Bob .. the way you lived your life has been and will continue to be an inspiration to so many of us. A friend, a mentor, a role model. A great sadness aches in our hearts but also a warmth is there as well as we reflect back on our memories of Boston Bob. A camp chair will always be available for you around our campfires. And I'm betting you just might show up.
Larry Chase
October 27, 2008
Like many others, I have never met Bob but know of him through the Vanagon community. He was well-liked and well-respected by all who knew him and was a valuable resource to everyone who read his sage advice. He will be sorely missed.
Maggie Dew
October 27, 2008
I had the pleasure of meeting Bob in May 1999 at the Litchfield Volkswagen Show in Harwinton, CT and have enjoyed a tremendous email correspondence over the past 9 years regarding Vanagon engines, their problems and solutions. He will be sorely missed by the Vanagon enthusiast all over the world and the Volkswagen community at large. Here's to you Bob!
Jim Thompson
October 26, 2008
To the Donalds family, my deepest condolences. Even though I never met Bob, he will be sorely missed in Vanagonland.
Gary Bawden
October 26, 2008
Boston Bob at Litchfield, CT VW show, June 2008
Bob was like a brother to me. I had known him personally since the late 80's and was lucky enough to live nearby enough to see him often. Losing him so soon has really made me slow down and think what he meant to me.
The number of people that Bob unselfishly helped while he was with us is unfathomable. I know his legacy of kindness, dedication to making things right, and true friendship will live on through everyone who knew him.
The next time you are in a situation where you can make a difference, just think about what Boston Bob would do in that same situation.
All my thoughts and prayers go out to Bob and his family.
Stan Wohlfarth
October 26, 2008
Karen Donalds & Family, my condolences on your irreplaceable loss.

Bob was a remarkable person, gifted and humble, and the VW flat four world will feel his loss keenly.
Jake de Villiers
October 26, 2008
Karen & Family,

My deepest sympathies to you in your great loss of Bob. Wishing you every good thing through this time of great sorrow and grief.

Somehow, my and countless other lives were enriched and made better through knowing Bob. Thank you for sharing him with us!


Phil Zimmerman
'87 Westie
Campbell River, BC
Phil Zimmerman
October 26, 2008
The VW world has truly lost an icon and a friend. Bob was a remarkable individual, a class act and a gentleman in every sense of the word.

I'd like to imagine that right now he's in the heavenly VW garage exchanging tips and stories with John Muir.

Thanks Bob, for all of your help, guidance, etc. I will remember you every time I start up my VW Vanagon.
Richard Golen
October 26, 2008
After reading so many tributes to Bob I consider myself as so lucky because I have known Bob since I was 15. We all grew up together, and there are so many memories I wouldn't know where to start. Bob or Boobie as he was known to me was a champion friend. He never forgot the old gang ( you know who you are) and kept in touch with each and everyone of us of over the years. He was a true friend and a devoted husband and father. I will miss him and our conversations so very deeply. Bob was just Bob, open, honest, kind, and one of a kind. I send my sympathy to his wife Karen and his children. It's too hard to write all Bob gave to his family and friends. I'll always love you like the brother I wish I had. God bless you dear Bob. Love, Marchitell
Patricia Persico
October 26, 2008
I met Bob in person back in 2002; I was glad that he was able to take time out of a busy day moving to a new house/shop location to meet a VW bus owner in town on business. We talked buses and aircooled engines for an hour before I had to go catch a plane. He was very knowledgeable and never hesitated to help spread that knowledge online or in person. He will be greatly missed by the VW community.
Greg Potts
October 26, 2008
Bob, you are missed more than you could have imagined.
Ben T
October 26, 2008
To My Buddy B Bob....We talked, we shared, we complained, we laughed, we understood.
Thru it all, we helped each other cope at times when life got tough by knowing a friend was nearby to talk to and make it all better for a little while.
Thanks for that will see you on the other side.
Daryl Christensen
October 26, 2008
I never got to meet "Boston Bob" Donalds personally, but chatted with him over phone and internet many times. He was most generous and kind towards me and to the Vanagon community. He was my friend, and our friend, and he will be sorely missed

My deepest felt condolences to his family.
John Rodgers
October 26, 2008
Anyone with a VW Van will miss Bob.

My thoughts are with his family.
Charlie Swanson
October 26, 2008
Like many others I never had the privilege of meeting Bob Donalds. But I read his posts and heard the stories of his honesty and spirit. My condolences to his family and friends.
Mike Miller
October 26, 2008
I never met Bob, never even exchanged words with him, but through numerous postings to the Vanagon web sites I developed a great respect for him as a mechanic and as a man. May you take comfort in remembering him through the life you shared. He is at peace now waiting for all of us to join him again.
Sam Pacifico
October 26, 2008
I did not know Bob personally but always felt a kindred spirit with him through the Vanagon community. Bob was a truly selfless man with a wealth of knowledge that he freely shared with all. Thank you Bob for your passion and generosity. Your legacy will live on in your writings, web posts and the innumerable mechanical works of art that have completely satisfied each and every one of your customers. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
David Clarkson
October 26, 2008
Please allow me to express my condolences over your loss. I never knew Bob, but his kindness and caring for other people became legendary over the years. I know that Bob is at peace now, and I wish the same for the Donalds family.
David Milo
October 26, 2008
I never met Bob in person but I did talk to him through email. He will be missed by all who had contact with him.

Jerry Baldwin
October 26, 2008
October 26, 2008
A Great Guy, that I had the pleasure of meeting on several VW occasions.
BB, you will be missed!
Doug Ford
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