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ROBERT W. ARTER 62, died March 7, 2009 at Kaiser Fontana Medical Center. Bob was born in Richmond California October 27, 1946. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a freelance writer and a contributing editor to many literary journals including Smokelong Quarterly, Gator Springs Gazette, Literary Potpourri and Night Train. A graduate of Colton H.S. class of 1964, Occidental College 1968 and most recently CSUSB with a degree in Computer Programming. Survivors include his wife of 28 years Christina Baer Arter, son Kiran Lee Arter of Grand Terrace, Mother Madeline Arter of Colton, sisters and brothers-in-law Carole and Gary Wetherington of Brush Prairie Washington, Susan and Darrell Hill of Westchester CA, Nancy and Steve Burger of Redondo Beach CA. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews. A burial is scheduled at Riverside National cemetery on Friday March 13, 2009, 10am. A Memorial Service will be held at the Mission Assistencia, Barton Road, Redlands Friday March 13 at 12 noon. Donations may be made in honor of Bob to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a foundation dedicated to research for a cure of spinal cord injuries. www.christopher, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 636 Morris Turnpike Suite 3A Short Hills, N.J. 07078. Condolences may be sent online at

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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Mar. 12, 2009.
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March 17, 2009
Bob was a friend, a talented and lyrical writer and a great man, despite an inexplicable tendency to favor the Yankees over the Red Sox. I'll miss him a lot.
Jim Nichols
March 16, 2009
Bob was without a doubt the most generous writer I have ever known. He was smart and funny but he didn't pull punches- he told you what's what (and usually in an amusing way.) We will all miss him so much. tiff holland
Tiff Holland
March 15, 2009
Bob was the best of men, and through his work and his family still is, still continues. I am grateful to have known him.
Grant Bailie
March 13, 2009
Bob was a wonderful man, an inspiring writer. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Debbie Ice
March 13, 2009
Bob was a wonderful writer. Funny. Generous. Brave. My heartfelt best wishes and condolences to his wife Chris, the rest of his family, and all of the friends he touched with his presence in the world – and his words.
Joan Wilking
March 13, 2009
Bob was as talented as he was kind as he was generous. He will be greatly missed.
Myfanwy Collins
March 13, 2009
Bob, did you hear me the other night, when I drank a great glass of red wine, and toasted you, and read your words -- nay, belted them out -- to the mottled white moon? I know you did. Just as your spirit infused those flat black marks on the page with life, I know you endure. Elsewhere. In the next chapter. When I get there, I'm betting you'll have stories for me.
Gail Siegel
March 13, 2009
I miss Bob. I've been listening to Bela Fleck because he loved his music and it's a way to spend time with Bob in a makeshift church. He was one of my first Zoetrope friends. When I read Survivor's Assistance I immediately wrote him a fan note, and when he critiqued me for the first time our ten-year friendship was cemented. I send love and prayers to Chris, Kiran, Bob's sisters, his family, his friends. I know he's peaceful, floating somewhere, like a spaceman.
Pia Ehrhardt
March 13, 2009
I shall always remember when Bob inscribed a book for me:

The world will miss such an enormously talented writer.
Alan C. Baird
March 13, 2009
Bob was one of my favorite people: just being around his high bawdy humor, his brilliant stories in a wide register of tones, his great recipes, and his consistent empathy was like school for how to live and be well.
Roy Kesey
March 13, 2009
I just ran into Bob's words in my "office" in Zoetrope where he said "Every war lasts too long". This is just an example of how he saw into the heart of things-talking about one long war wasn't significant enough, because all wars are terrible. Bob could provoke laughter as well as great emotion, he evoked real love in a virtual world.
My condolences to his beloved family. He'll be always remembered.
Avital Gad-Cykman
March 12, 2009
He was the most generous person I've ever known. And so funny. I was always at home with him. He was also a wonderful writer
Girija Tropp
March 12, 2009
A kind, talented and generous man. Bob Arter will be missed by his friends the world over.
Dave Fromm
March 12, 2009
We will all miss Bob and his words, his music, his recipes, his love for the world and all the banged-up citizens roaming around on it.

Goodbye to a good man--the world is sadder and a little colder without you.
Jeff Landon
March 12, 2009
I didn't know Bob well, but I knew him, and I don't think you can have known him without his having moved you, changed you in some way. He will be missed. But he will always be here. Right. Here.
Terry Bain
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