Saturday, June 11, 2011

Missing You...

I am at a loss for words.

This past Tuesday we lost a very close family friend. He is my parent's neighbor, Bob. I've known him for 33 years. It was completely unexpectd too.

He had a friend and her husband out from Arizona visiting him for about 5 days. On Tuesday he took them to Lodi to show him his plane and then they headed on over to Old Sacramento since they are all history buffs. As his friend's went to look at different stores, he left his truck to go around the corner to the restroom and that was it. Right on the cobble street, our dear friend passed away. They believed it was a massive heart attack.

We just saw him Sunday in the grocery store parking lot across the street from my neighborhood. My daughter just saw him Monday over my parent's house. My heart aches tremendously.

I found out after my daughter went to a friend's house for a sleepover that night. I was so afraid to tell her the next day cause I knew she was gonna take it hard. We lost my grandma a couple years ago almost to the day (6-8-09) but hers was a gradual thing. She was 94 and had dementia. We expected it. Not to sound terrible but you know what I mean. We knew it was gonna happen. We were prepared. With Bob, my daughter just saw him the day before, happy and in good spirits. This was a big loss for her. She adored Bob. He was such a wonderful guy!

Now, everytime I pass the grocery store parking lot or go over to my parent's house, as his house is right next door, I fight back tears.

He was like an Uncle to me. He spent holidays with us. He was an active role in my parent's life on a daily basis. He WAS our family! He will truly be missed!!

{Bob in his signature suspenders, Christmas dinner 2010}

{I'm gonna miss that sunshine smile! Always a delight to have around!}

In loving memory
Robert S. Spencer
Sept 24. 1936 - June 7, 2011


Sweet Tea said...

I like Bob, though I never met him. He sounds like "my kind of guy".
I'm REALLY sorry for your loss, but glad he lived a full life to the very end. What a great legacy he leaves.

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! It's hard to lose someone so close to you. Sending you warm thoughts during this hard time.