In every person's life there is, hopefully, at least one person – not a relative –that they hold in high regard. Someone who is kind, caring, always concerned about others, and eager to make a difference in this world of ours. Although this kind of friend is often hoped for, and seldom found, I happen to be particularly blessed to have known just such a person – Bob Dodd.
I have known Bob for almost fifteen years - most of that time as my next door neighbor - but it is during the last six years that I have realized that he was a good role model for the term “dedicated, tried and true,” and obviously someone with all those other characteristics that qualified him as a “very special person.”
Shortly after Bob and Vivi separated, I noticed that Bob, even though he no longer lived next door was there most days to walk the dog or do yard work, clean the gutters and the like. He has continued to show concern for Vivi and Chanel and been an integral part of their lives. It takes a very special person, indeed, to do that --- and, Bob, was a very special person.
A few years ago, Bob was over to clean Vivi's gutters. He borrowed my ladder and when he was finished, he asked if he could clean my gutters, also. When I said that I would be kind of embarrassed to have a CFO clean my gutters.....he just laughed and said, "it's only me, Bob Dodd, and I want to do it."
His gracious and dignified demeanor carefully hid a keen mind, a quick wit, a dry sense of humor and a dedicated sense of purpose.
Bob Dodd was a lot of things in his lifetime -- CPA, CFO, VP, husband, Dad, great neighbor and friend --- but the thing that those of us who knew him well will always remember about him is that he was one good human being that will be missed, but, will not be forgotten!
Farewell, my friend.