I am sure that by now one of the regulars whose friendships meant the world to Rob (Karl, Han, or Morris) have informed you of the great loss of my sweet man, Rob known to most of you as only Robatoy.
You perhaps have wondered how he ended up with such a 'silly' handle/ nickname. If you got to spend any time here with him online you would have automatically seen his incredible sense of humour and wit, besides his intelligence and desire to help.
When Rob and I started dating 13+ years ago, my daughter was only 6 years old. She and Rob formed the most incredible bond immediately. Rob knew that to enjoy life, you need to have fun and who better to have fun with then children. Robatoy is the nickname that Emily assigned Rob 13+ years ago. It's a nickname that has always been near and dear to him, so his decision to use it here, speaks to the importance this group was to him.
I wanted to thank all of you who shared some of yourself, your skill, your wisdom, but most of all those of who shared your friendships with Rob. Whether you were sponsoring him in his 'Survivor Walk' at the Relay for Life Walk this past summer, or you were sending him e-cards when he was in the hospital. You brought him much joy and he appreciated you all so very much. I felt it important for you to know that.
Sometimes we go a long our way in life be in real time, or online and our paths cross with people, we interact with them and maybe, just maybe we think about them at some point through the day. I guess what I am trying to say, don't EVER underestimate the effect you have on another human being. Rob's life was made richer by each of you and for that, I will be forever grateful.
I also wanted to share with you, a link to Rob's obituary, for those who may be interested. I hope it helps you see that Robatoy was an incredible man and I hope you will remember him fondly.
I also have one last request, for any of you here who are smokers. I beg and I plead with you, for your families, please make this the year you quit smoking. Rob quit 12 years ago and he should have been 'free and clear' from the effects, but he wasn't. If ever you wanted yet one more reason to quit, I challenge you to make the best memorial donation you could ever could possibly make in Rob's honour. Quit Smoking.
Sorry for the long post, but the Wrec was important to Rob and I know if he had been able, he himself would have posted his own Final Farewell and it would have included his favourite saying and a testament to how he tried to live his life. "Dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, and Live like it's Heaven on Earth."
God Bless you all.
Robatoy's Wife (Angela)