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Author: Subject: The Road Goes On Forever....as does the LOVE for some fella named Bobo

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 02:43 PM
Prayers for our Brother Bob, Denise and Cami. God grant you His peace and presence Maybe we could all use it.

It's odd, I use words and deal with sick people as a profession (I'm a minister) but I've been completely speechless before the suffering our brother is going thru. I think the one thing I look forward to about the end of my own life is the possiblity that I'll understand finally why folks like my mother (who died at 38) Lisa Dodd and Bob endure such suffering. I know there's something that's supposed to be redemptive in it somewhere, but these days I'm having a hard time finding it.

[Edited on 12/12/2007 by linus]

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 02:54 PM
In times like this you just have to speak from the heart and the words will be true.

We love you Bob!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 02:55 PM
It IS hard to find the plan or potential good in this ....but I'm of the opinion it's something unique there for each of us.

I could ramble on for days about our very short time as flesh versus the eternity of our souls and the transient nature of suffering,but I don't get into my faith or my politics on this web site and certainly not in Bobo's thread.


But think about this - how many freinds were made because of us getting together around Bob?

How many parents spent some more quality time with their kids, or spouses spent more time together because of Bob?

How many people learned a lesson on dignaty and selfLESSness from Bob - don't forget the only reason Bob even brought up his cancer here was so that it wouldn't happen to any of us!

I'm sad as can be this happened to the O'Briens....but I'm wired to see a bigger purpose in everything - that's where I get my comfort.

 
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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 02:58 PM
Bob's long and courageous struggle is over.

I have called Tom Dodd. I would call some more who have asked me to but I just don't think I can make it through those. I hope everyone understands.

I wanted the faithful friends and wellwishers here in "Bob's Thread" to know first.

Please keep Denise and Cami in your prayers.

I am sad beyond words.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:05 PM
God Bless Bob Obrien: Fly on brother, thank you , and know you will be a brudda forever

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:11 PM
Bob's free of all his pain!

Pray for Denise and Cami.


No way to say anymore right now.......

 
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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:17 PM

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:20 PM
Rest in peace my dear brother. I am a better person for having known you. Love and strength to Denise and Cami.

[Edited on 12/12/2007 by Jacquie]

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:20 PM
peace for our brother at last. Rest in the arms of God.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:24 PM

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:25 PM
Godspeed and God Bless you, Bob O'Brien. No more pain.

I did not know this man except through his words on this site and the words of his friends here but he has touched my heart.

All my thoughts and prayers are now with his Denise and Cami. My heart breaks for them but I hope they feel some peace in knowing Bob no longer suffers. And for Bob's mom (if she's still living) - this has been a hard year for her loosing a husband then a son - my prayers go out to her that her heart can find comfort.

For Coot and Tom and the many others who knew Bob on a more personal level, my thoughts are with you all, too, as you deal with this loss. And for all of us who grew to love and admire a warrior called Bobo. Peace on all our hearts.

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:26 PM


I will miss you my friend, and I will think of you often.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:31 PM
Have hesitated to post here recently...

A good brother has not departed -- he's been set free

I wish so much I could've met Bob, the people who put the BoboFest together will always have my utmost respect, you're the doers in life

Thank you brother for your friendship -- I've nothing but admiration for how you fought this sickness

God bless & keep Mr. Bob O'Brien

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:33 PM
Prayers, love and strength to the O'brien family and Bob's friends...

RIP Bobo...

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:46 PM
Rest in Peace Brother

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:49 PM
I have had the extreme honor of getting to know Bob OíBrien over these past five years or so. Not only were we contemporaries, I truly believe he was my brother from a different mother.

Bob taught me so very much. How to be a better man. How to be a better husband. How to be a better father. Simply, how to be a better person.

As many of you know, Bob fought so bravely against the cancer that was intent on decimating him. I know of no one who showed as much courage, resilience, and determination to conquer the many challenges that he faced. More than that, he wanted to educate people about what had happened to him and how others could take steps to protect themselves with regular checkups and early detection.

Bob and I had so much in common. Same age. A wife and children that we both adore. Same musical tastes, same religious beliefs, same perspectives of almost everything. I think that that is why this is so hard. I always could put myself in exactly the same position Bob was, only I didnít have the disease to fight. I could so easily answer, what if this was me?

We had many wonderful talks through the years. We laughed, a lot. We cried too. He always told me no matter how down he might have been at the time, that no matter what, he always felt better after we had talked. That really, really means a lot to me. I canít adequately put it into words.

A number of us got to meet Bob over a magical weekend several years ago in Pittsburgh. That whole experience exemplifies to me what this place is all about. Nearly 30 of us, from all over the US and Canada, aware of Bobís struggles at that time, went to Pittsburgh to attend an ABB concert. Bob was unable to travel any real distance, and being the devout family man that he was, really didnít entertain the idea of traveling to any far away concerts. His girls liked the beach, so, if a vacation was taken, to the beach is where they went. So the bunch of us went to him.

What all of us had in common that were able to attend BoboFest was the love for Bob and the desire to spend some real quality time with him. I didnít make the final decision to attend until only ten days or so before the show. Itís one of the smartest decisions that Iíve ever made in my life. Really, I knew that I had to go. There wasnít any other choice.

All of us were drawn together by a website of all things. Diverse people, diverse ideas, different in many ways but connected by our caring about and compassion for Bob.

He told me many times what that meant to him. He found it hard to believe that so many would make that kind of effort to meet and get to know him.

Over the last several years we talked at length many times. There were ups and there were downs. What amazes me most about Bob is during all these difficult times for him, emotional and physically, he always asked about others. He was concerned for their wellbeing, he wanted me to say hi to people when the disease made it difficult for him to do simple every day things like using his computer. He never lost sight of how much people cared for him. He gave that and much more back.

It is tough when I recall a conversation that we had recently. He was scared. He was really fighting the emotional demons as he thought about his wife, his daughter and his own fate. He was frightened. He loved his family so. He wanted to live, he wanted a life with them. He knew that his time was short. I wish he could have been spared all those horrible feelings and all the pain and suffering that he endured.

I really have no idea how to comprehend such things as an afterlife. It is the greatest mystery of all mysteries. I only hope that Bob is finally free, free of humanly pain and the suffering that this disease caused him. I do believe in a heaven, I know Bob is there now and forever.

We told each other many times that we loved each other. I wish that I could tell him right now. I wish I could hear again that unmistakable laugh.

I only hope one day to be able to have many more long chats with Bob again.

Until then, my friend and my brother.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:49 PM
Peace Brother Bob...

Love and Wishes to those who will be missing him, especially his wife and daughter...

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:50 PM
I'm glad he's no longer in pain.

 

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Rest easy, Bob. I know, in due time, your wonderful spirit will fill the hole each and every one of us feels in our heart at this moment.


My thoughts are with Denise, Cami and all of Bob's family and friends suffering this tremendous loss. There are not many like Bob. How fortunate are we to have shared in his friendship.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:52 PM
We were all very Fortunate Jeanne.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:53 PM
I only knew Bob through his posts here, yet it's obvious just how much of a prince this man was.

Rest In Peace, Brother Bobo. You'll always live in on in the hearts of those who so dearly loved you. Thoughts, love, prayers and hugs to his family in this difficult time.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:55 PM

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 03:56 PM
I'd wager the Angels were all fussing over getting to bring Bob home.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 04:08 PM
Thoughts, prayers and love to Denise, Cami and family as well as all those who love Bobo.

Rest peacefully Bob.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2007 at 04:09 PM
My condolences and thoughts go out to the O'Brien family and everyone that Bobo has touched. I never did meet him, I never hung around the forum enough to get to know him that way either, but it's obvious how much he is loved. Rest in Peace.
 
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