Bob Harte
1951 - 2017
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On Jan. 23, 1951, Bob was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Vernon and Eleanor Harte. He grew up playing baseball, hunting, fishing, trapping and getting into mischief with his three brothers. Bob's grandfather, "Pop-Pop," was instrumental in Bob's life, teaching him construction skills, and more importantly, to think independently. At 21, after a short stint in college, Bob was restless to experience the Alaskan lifestyle he had read about.
Bob landed in Southeast Alaska, where he spent his first few winters trapping near Wrangell. Next, he headed north to the Interior. Fort Yukon became his home base as he trapped in different locations around the area. He quickly established a name for himself and met many lifelong friends. Bob heard about an abandoned trapline in the Brooks Range, and there, finally found his home. For more than 40 years, Bob lived on his trapline from early fall until spring.
His best trapline memories revolved around the times when his family joined him. The family included his daughter, Talicia; stepson, Traver; foster son, Steve; wife, Nancy; and their dog team. Bob's favorite spot on Earth was the "throne," a high rock outcropping that overlooks the river near his cabin. He loved to sit on the throne, drink a pot of coffee and take in the view. He marveled that he was the only human around for miles.
Bob was very proud to have participated in a Russian/American trapper exchange program in the early 1990s, when he trapped with families in Russia. This was a first for any American trapper, and it helped bridge the cultural and political divide between the two nations. Back on the home front, he made ends meet by working seasonal carpentry projects for the Binkley family in Fairbanks.
In Bob's words, he was an "excellent trapper, hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, carpenter and log builder." He wanted people to know that the Holy Spirit was his guide and best friend, protecting him and providing companionship during the many years on the trapline. He loved his family deeply, particularly his daughter, Talicia. His dream was to finish building her home so that she and her 8-month-old daughter, Carmella, could live comfortably.
On Friday, July 21, 2017, Bob attended his own celebration of life. He sat around the fire, drank a few beers and told stories with longtime friends. This was his last night on Earth. Who would have thought that this would be his final exit? His family and friends always joked that Bob had nine lives. If you stopped to count, it was probably closer to 20. After wrecking his motorcycle, crashing his plane, accidentally shooting himself, falling off his cabin wall, swamping his boat in the ocean, crashing another plane, getting run over on his motorcycle, having brain surgery, crashing another plane (I could go on), God chose a peaceful passage for him. It is ironically fitting.
Bob chose to live life differently. The famous lyrics sung by Frank Sinatra resonate, as Bob did his life "My Way." At his final gathering of friends and family, he mentioned how thankful he was for all the people in his life. He said, "You are my family and I love you dearly." I'm sure this message extended to all those who were connected to him. Bob is gone, but his spirit lives on in each of us. He now has eternal peace. "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place ..." (Mark 6:31, NIV).
A memorial service will be held for Bob at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 29, at the Chena Village, off Tall Spruce Road. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in the name of Nancy Becker (Talicia Harte's mother) to: 2655 Tall Spruce Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.


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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jul. 28, 2017.
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Chena Village off Tall Spruce Road
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August 7, 2020
Loved his straight forward approach to life. I've been blessed to visit the far north several times. There's nothing he's said it did that didn't ring true. May his family be blessed. I will miss him, as I'm sure others will also.
Rick
Friend
August 3, 2020
You will be missed Bob! I didn't know you, but your life inspired me and who I want to be. I send my best wishes to your family and friends.
Ofelia Stewart
Friend
August 3, 2020
Miss you Bob!
Carol Mottin
Friend
August 3, 2020
Galila Barkay
Significant Other
July 30, 2020
He was a man who lived his dream..RIP Bob
Joe Kidd
Acquaintance
July 29, 2020
I loved watching Bob Harte on TV, still watch every rerun, especially in the summer when it's hot at my house. It always makes me feel better looking at all that snow and Bob made living his way look so great. I truly miss him.
Liane
July 27, 2020
Brett Ebersole
July 27, 2020
Probably the most interesting man I've ever had the pleasure to watch on TV. Real. Confident. Funny. Capable. Honest. One person I can honestly say I wish I could have met. I appreciate the reruns of his life and pray his family and friends are doing well.
Lora
Friend
July 27, 2020
Probably the most interesting man I've ever had the pleasure to watch on TV. Real. Confident. Funny. Capable. Honest. One person I can honestly say I wish I could have met. I appreciate the reruns of his life and pray his family and friends are doing well.
Lora
July 27, 2020
Sorry for your loss we enjoyed watching Bob on the show living his life to the fullest . Not everyone could do that its a hard but rewarding way of life he will be missed
Tim and Tammie Asbury
Friend
July 24, 2020
Sou brasileiro, fiz questão de falar na minha língua porque Bob é minha inspiração . Quero ser como ele : Livre !
July 22, 2020
Hen the show was on I really enjoyed it and his life style was real and honest that's rare along with other members on the show he made you feel part of his family sharing his life style. Last night they had series on which he shared everything . Thank you Bob appreciate you sharing your life and family
ALTON HOOPER
Friend
July 22, 2020
Bob was my favorite person on the show.
I still watch the reruns and always look forward to seeing Bob.
God bless.
Les Carter
July 21, 2020
Thank you Bob, for being the God loving man that you were here on this earth. What an inspiration to us all. To be absence from the body, is to be present with the lord. God keep your family safe always! God bless.
Pamela G. Washington
Acquaintance
July 14, 2020
I still watch re-runs on my dvr that I saved. He is a joy to watch PERIOD. Lol I think he used that word instead of getting emotional?
Therese Richards
Acquaintance
July 13, 2020
Bob to me was a man with a deep heart for the best things in life, family,life, nature, love, independence,strong will to live life at its fullest, he lived a life that we all dream of but most could not ever accomplish.
Every show i was heart felt of his life, he in my life is a sad loss of someone who loved life as much as he did.
DAVID DUQUETTE
Friend
July 8, 2020
Sad to know Bob has left his beloved place. I love to watch the tv show, and i always felt a huge feeling of joy when he used to tell his life stories in the Yukon... i have to admit, i felt a little healthy envy for his way of life, because i truly believe he lived his life in the middle of what i believe is the paradise on earth.
Im sure hes now in another paradise... taking care on Talicia and Nancy.
My most loving feelings for Nancy and Talicia, from this anonymous friend from the opposite side of this continent... patagonia, Chile.
Thanks for the inspiration Bob! ❤
Salvador Carrera
July 6, 2020
Bueno un gusto conocer de la vida silvestre que se vive en Alaska .De todas los años que vi las temporadas del programa me gustaba ver la vida del señor Bob dejo mis condolencias a toda la famila saludos de Coquimbo Chile.
Hugo Vega
July 6, 2020
He seemed to be an awesome person. I do wish sincere condolences to his family.
I too lost family to cancer.
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Brett Tibbetts
June 24, 2020
We are never truly gone from earth, our spirits always live on. I am sure after Bobs passing their was a lone wolf howling somewhere in Alaska just looking to join the pack. Bob is exactly where he needs and wanted to be running free in the wild. God Bless and I hope to be running with you one day.
Giuseppe Sohn
June 23, 2020
So very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Harte. Condolences to his family. I loved seeing him on television. Best wishes to your family
Wendy Young
June 7, 2020
It is now June of 2020, Love to see his life and legacy. It feels as if I have know Bob for a long time. Blessing to his family, Talicia and Nancy. I have definitely enjoyed watching this way of living. Rest In Peace Bob Harte!
Silvia Palma
Friend
June 4, 2020
I miss listening to him. I haven't seen any reruns on lately? I love when he would say PERIOD. It seemed to be his way to not be too emotional on TV? Only Nancy and Talicia can answer that obe.
Therese Richards
June 3, 2020
I loved how open and gentle he seemed to be. Bless his wife and daughter and other family members.
Linda Rule
May 28, 2020
You were one hell of a man Bob, you lived the life you loved and enjoyed. I'm sure your spirit is walking the old trap line with Charlie and keeping watch on him when you can drag yourself away from that beautiful final resting place where Nancy and Talicia so lovingly spread your ashes. You were loved by many around the world.
RIP
Bill Jordan
Friend
May 27, 2020
Bob Harte, you were truly a great man. R.I.P.
Kersten Poultidis
May 26, 2020
Sinto muito, triste ...pessoa incrível e do bem, simples como a vida deveria ser.... abraços do Brasil
Andreia De Silva
Significant_other
May 25, 2020
You were a joy to watch on TV, I wish I could have shared a beer with you. RIP Mr. Harte.
Jarrod Wiggins
May 25, 2020
I truly admire this man he was one of my favorites on the show God bless you Mr. heart God bless
Dianne Bruce
Family
May 25, 2020
I could've listen to you all day, everyday. Even if it was to recite the phone book. I could've and would've listened. I pray ur soul is back in the woods. Still. Peace. And gods grace. Much love, many prayers. ❤
Cassandra Worrix
May 24, 2020
Rest In Peace Bob Harte the world has lost another great !!
John Colby
May 23, 2020
He was a kind, gentle man. I loved episodes featuring Bob. He was not afraid of death, he knew where he would spend eternity. It was so touching to see the love Nancy and Talicia had for Bob. They climbed to the top of the throne to scatter his ashes, just as he wished. He is missed.
Carrie Robison
May 15, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Paul
May 9, 2020
See you one day BOB!!!!
John Kaufman
May 9, 2020
John Kaufman
May 2, 2020
Bob mentioned that he had trials like Job. That God was testing him, but through it all he loved the Lord. So from God's words, from the book of Job:

Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

I'll be see'in ya in Heaven brother!
Paul
April 28, 2020
My wife and I only recently caught the Last Alaskan's bug. Taken away to the freedom, adventure, serenity of another world by the likes of Bob and the others.

Our condolences to the family, friends, and numerous other whom Bob impacted.

I'd love to comment to Nancy and Talicia.
Thank you for sharing your portion of the story and for the inspiration that you have been. Talicia, you are a powerful person; your joy is infectious.
Mike Doan
April 22, 2020
Bob....
April 18, 2020
I watched a lot of his shows I envied him on his choice of living in the wilderness.... you will be missed... rest in peace Bob Harte
Timothy Logue
April 17, 2020
Miss seeing you and the show. At least during this horrible virus we have reruns.
April 17, 2020
Helen Campbell
April 16, 2020
Bob was my favorite person on the show.
Im glad to watch the reruns with bob in them. Bob had a gentle sole that reached out through the TV screen.
Bob will long be remembered by me.
R.I.P. Bob, prayers for your family.
Les Carter
April 14, 2020
I really miss bob he was a real character who loved his dog ruger RIP
richard fallow
April 10, 2020
Watched the show and was so nice to see Bob again. He left us too soon. I never saw a person who loved life like Bob. May he RIP.
Lucille
April 10, 2020
i enjoyed seing bob how he was living on his own in the land he loved so much
anthony parker
Significant_other
April 10, 2020
Watched reruns of Bob last night and once again realized how much I miss this gentle soul. He was one of a kind.
April 9, 2020
You had the greatest Soul ever. Thank you for sharing your life.
Tom Greger
April 3, 2020
Rip Bob, I enjoyed your outlook on life, God bless.
Antony Brown
March 30, 2020
Thinking of you, Bob
Amanda Briggs
March 29, 2020
Bob was an amazing person. To live basically alone , hundreds of miles from civilization and survive on his own for decades. There was this haunting music theme that articulated his segment.. that reminded me of loneliness and isolation. It wasn't a happy time theme, but Bob Loved his world of self reliance, and what he called "Total freedom" to do what ever he wanted. I will miss him.
Lance Lewis
Friend
March 28, 2020
I live in pa now born in jersey city nj lived in west Milford nj most of my live 76 years old now have a camp in northern Maine for 35 years just wanted to bobs family Bob touch me because of his life he was his own man thanks bob miss him
Charlie Fletcher
March 27, 2020
Miss Bob. The show isn't the same w/o him. R.I.P. Bob.
March 27, 2020
Bob was one of my favorite people on The Last Alaskans. May he rest in peace. Hopefully near his homesite.
Randy Crowe
March 26, 2020
Enjoyed your outlook on living, will miss you.
Richard Carlson
Friend
March 26, 2020
RIP I still miss u on the last Alaskan, You left us way too soon !
Sandra Sprock
March 26, 2020
Miss you! Steve and Brenda Tritt
March 12, 2020
Great human being from all aspects. RIP Bob your labors are over ...
James Loveday
Friend
March 7, 2020
All I want to say is that I have been watching Bob since it started coming on.I love all the families on the show but Bob and his ex wife were my favorites.I am so heartbroken about his passing.He will be very much missed.We love you Bob
Vickie Pruitt
Acquaintance
March 7, 2020
He was inspiring to love the outdoors, & live in Alaska.
Nancy Rose
March 6, 2020
I still Miss You and your Natural Gentle Spirit
S Todd
Acquaintance
March 5, 2020
Bob was my favorite person on the last Alaskans. I was so sorry to hear about his death. My heart goes out to Talicia and Nancy
Donna bramsway
Grand Parent
March 5, 2020
Thanks bob for doing life your way. you are an inspiration to all . God speed
Rick Dean
March 5, 2020
Watching re-runs, miss you Bob!
Cheryl Chin
Friend
March 5, 2020
Bob, you made an impact in all of us who got to listen and learn about living and loving the lifestyle you chose on your own terms. You taught me whats important in a mans values, integrity and character.
May you Rest In Peace Bob

Frahn
Frahn Canto
Friend
March 5, 2020
Im proud to have you as an inspiration to life on earth ! Youve helped a lot of people God Bless you Bob
Robert Arensen
Friend
March 5, 2020
Miss you
robert pfister
Friend
March 5, 2020
You are so missed. You accomplished so much
michelle ashley
March 5, 2020
Rest In Peace Bob. You had the courage to live life on your own terms. God bless you and your family.
Eric f
Friend
March 3, 2020
Love you 4 ever
Christina risland
March 2, 2020
Alan Willard I have spent some time in Alaska and this show as the only authentic one on TV. Especially Born a
Alan Willard
Friend
March 2, 2020
Descanse em paz
geovane Tuliszewski
Friend
February 24, 2020
Rest easy soldier . Your tour is done . RIP Bob
Stephen MacDonald
Friend
February 22, 2020
R.I.P. Bob Hartley I loved you on the show ❤
Sherry Davis
February 18, 2020
Free as a bird Bob. R I P.
David Barrow
Friend
February 18, 2020
You are free forever now Bob. Free like an eagle. Bye My friend
Karl-Heinz Weker
Friend
February 17, 2020
I'm sorry! God bless your family!
Lucéia Schäffer
February 16, 2020
After wstching Bob on the discovery channel, i felt a real connection to him. I'm so sorry he's gone, but i admire the fact that he followed his heart and lived life on his terms. Would have liked to meet him and let him know how much i admired him
Michael Forman
February 13, 2020
I can't belive his gone. When I saw him in tv and he was talking about his cancer he made me cry, he remained me of my brother who past away of cancer too! R.I.P Bob
Juana Amador
February 10, 2020
Good man
Johnny Garcia
Student
February 6, 2020
RIP ich habe ihn gemocht ,
Markus Hammer
February 4, 2020
Uma luta difícil está doença perdi minha mãe também para ela. Que Deus nos conforte.
Marcello Sallas
February 3, 2020
Watching him on the series The Last Alaskans I feel like I knew him. He looked a lot like my husband who died this past year also. Enjoy your cabin in heaven. Rest In Peace Bob!
January 30, 2020
REST IN PEACE BOB , YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN , WE ALL LOVE YOU !
George Saltonstall
January 28, 2020
Dear Bob.Rest in peace.You went direct into my heart.Send you all my love and hope that you enjoyed 40 years of living in the wilderness.Love to your family.
Carsten Mller
Friend
January 23, 2020
Thank you Bob for allowing us to accompany a small part of your life in Alaska on TV. You touched our soul. Rest in peace.
Tom L.
January 23, 2020
Rest in Peace Bob. If only we all could live life with the spirit you did. True to your dreams and your heart.
Edith Knighten
Acquaintance
January 21, 2020
Rest In Peace! God bless his beloved family!
A.S.
January 20, 2020
RIP Bob, you're gonna be missed
Dianne
January 20, 2020
Bob if I had my life to live over I would wish to have the courage to live it like you did.
God bless!
Regis Hitch
Friend
January 15, 2020
Bob-hope your spirit dwells in Alaska & watches sunsets on the water-free of pain now-Godspeed to you Bob.
Jay Jameson
January 7, 2020
Un hombre autentico. Te echamos de menos. DEP.
Luis
January 7, 2020
Un hombre autentico. Te echamos de menos en el programa de tv. DEP.
Luis Rodriguez
Grandparent
January 5, 2020
Rest In Peace Bob
C C
January 5, 2020
Adieu Bob !

Tu nous manques beaucoup.

Jef

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Kubus09 François
January 5, 2020
Repose en paix
Rest In Peace
Samira S
January 2, 2020
I watched Bon Harte on the TV and I must say he was a true American that lov d his freedom. RIP
Phil
December 29, 2019
We will miss you. I always liked watching him on TV. R I P Bob
Roger Baker
Friend
December 26, 2019
Your forever in are hearts
Mike Thompson
Friend
December 22, 2019
I was sorry to hear about Bob Harte passing. Living life on your own terms isn't something many people get to do these days. Thanks for sharing your life with us, you were an amazing man.
Randy G
December 21, 2019
I was truly touched at hearing of Bob passing.. Thought i didnt know Bob.. I was moved by his parts of life he shared openly to the world on The Last Alaskans.. It would have made for an incredible life experience to hear his stories of his adventurous life personally.. Rest In Peace Bob
D K
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