Bob passed away on April 7, 2006, from Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) at the age of 50. He struggled mightily with this illness and we struggled with him, gaining an even greater respect for this fine man, as he slowly succumbed to a progressive and irreversible form of dementia.
This book captures the memory and character of "Old Bob" - the Bob we knew before the onset of illness that robbed him of his talents and capabilities.
It also shows the ways in which we learned to cope with and appreciate the "New Bob" - the Bob we cared for and lived with through the course of the illness.
"It is said that everyone brightens a room, some by entering, and some by leaving. Bob was one of those who always brightened a room by entering."
Friend and Best Man
"Bob was a gentle man and a gentleman who always had a smile. He was always there to help or listen and was someone who made you feel comfortable."
Friend of the Family
"He had a huge heart and a pure soul. You could tell by looking in his eyes. I will always remember him. He touched my heart. He was an intelligent person. His intelligence showed through his disease. God definitely broke the mold when He put Bob on this earth."
Sunrise at Floral Vale
"I remember Bob fondly. Particularly his attachment to you, Marie. I remember him stating he was going to comply with everything you suggested 'because I love you'. Those were his words. Quite a statement and motivation in the middle of his devastating illness. He was a kind person and he was loved and loved you."
Ronny E. Antelo, M.D.