My good friend Bob Adams passed away on May 30th, 2013. I will miss Bob. He was a good friend, a great husband and father, a good leader for his department at EKU, a good all around athlete, and a really good motorcycle racer.
Bob’s enthusiasm for life inspired all of us who knew him well. I was amazed at the range of occupations, ages, and interests represented by those who attended the memorial service on June 29th. And by the time frames represented by the friends. Friends from high school and college like me mingled easily and had a lot in common with Bob’s children and with his “newer” friends from the academic world and the motorcycling community.
That was Bob. He never met a stranger. He offered the same consistent face, personality, and values to everyone he met be they a college professor, a carpenter, a motorcycle racer, a prospective son or daughter-in-law, or a grandchild.
You immediately liked and remembered Bob because of his enthusiasm for life, and his willingness to live it on his terms. The stories of Bob recounted in the service were priceless and brought tears to the eyes of the manliest attendees, but to me they were memorable because regardless of source or point of view all reflected the same Bob. A Bob that was true to himself and not the expectations of others.
Bob, you set a great example for us, and I will miss you.