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Bob was always shining,, ready to celebrate and have fun. You will be missed Bob!! –Natalie Hoffman
Photo: Bob & Michelle, Cabo San Lucas 2015
I loved going on walks with Bob & the dogs in Tahoe –Scott Maroney
Photo: with Alex and Daisy
near North Tahoe HS, February 2015
I sat on the board of directors with Bob at Cafe on Vine. Bob was always trying to help others in any way he could. He was truly a holy man in so many ways. He and Alex spent hours each week in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and then went out in the community doing good through action. My sincere condolences to the family and a special recognition of how well you took care of him these last few years. When I visited him in San Francisco a few years back, I could see how happy he was to be close to family. He is at peace now. He served his Lord and Savior well. God Bless! –Jim Tiedge
Bob sang the night away at our Christmas Spectacular party. He was there with bells on (maybe literally as it was an ugly sweater, sequins party)! He passed his joy of life on to his daughter, Michelle, (whom I treasure as a friend) and his legacy lives on, woven through the fabric of his daughter, two beautiful granddaughter's, Mia and Kira, and the hearts and minds of everyone he met. – E. Diamond
Bob was a key member of the Class of 1962 at Assumption. He was an outstanding athlete on the gridiron and the track. He stayed in touch with many of us. He showed us what it meant to be giving. We will miss him. My prayers go out to his daughter Michelle and her children. Rest in peace Bob.
As Michelle’s uncle, I’ve known Bob since I was 9 years old. When I was 12, there were some issues with my parents, so my brother, Rich, and I lived with Kathy and Bob for several months in their newly purchased house in Davenport. I recall Bob, being somewhat of a jock, lifting weights and getting me up at 4:30 AM to run in Tyler Park. One time he took me for a plant tour at Ralston-Purina, and I got to see how dog food was made. How cool was that? Their cat, Tinkle, would always hiss at me. Bob then trained us on the power mower, a skill which Rich and I would later use to supplement our allowance. The years went by, life happened, but I had the opportunity to visit with Bob during his final years in San Francisco. He was always upbeat, bubbling with enthusiasm, and involved in his local community. Occasionally, he would spontaneously text me of some happy moment with his grandkids. So, in the final analysis, I think Bob found contentment, which is the most any one of us can hope for. –David Stodden
I remember the first time I met you Robert!! You always would go past my house walking Mogar. Then one day you stopped and asked me to pray for your son Michael. We talked a little and became friends immediately after. Later on when I had a liter of CHOCOLATE LAB PUPPIES you wouldn't even stop down to look at them(we knew why!!) and then when I had 1 puppy left, I showed up at your door step and I asked you if you could watch him just for a day while I went out of town. You just looked at me and said Booneie, you SOB!.... That puppy (Alex) never left and had just found a new home with one of the best people and friends he could have possibly ended up with!! (GODS will) They were a team from that day fore ward. (I never did go out of town lol) What a team they were!! So many people that those two gave something to smile about and they always look foreward to seeing them. Especially the elderly and nursing homes, hospice, etc. Personally I never realized how much I would miss you two myself and all the good times we had together. I will treasure them now as there are so many more stories to tell. so many corny jokes and texts too! First Christmas in many years I havent received one from you Robert. I so much miss. Even though your not able to do that this year I still want to wish you a very Merry Christmas to you my friend and of course You ,me ,Amber and Alex will will meet up again!! GODS will there too. Bless you my friend and we will meet up down the road Robert! -Bill Boone
When I was pregnant with Leah, he already knew him & Leah would be the best of friends and partners in crime. His babyshower gift was a slingshot. And I remember as I opened it, he gave me fair warning that I may need to pick them up from the station if they ever get in any trouble. When Leah started experiencing her “firsts” as a baby, he would credit himself for her accomplishments saying, he gave her a headstart when he’d sing ABC’s to her whilst in my belly. Fast forward to her at four years old, everytime he would visit, he’d wait for me to open the gate, and him and Leah would be howling and barking for each other from a distance. He is the only person that Leah truly looked forward to seeing everytime. He always gave her undivided attention and wasn’t afraid to be a kid with her. He was the jokester, the steady unconditional love and light of our lives. We will miss him so much and there isn’t a day we won’t think of him. So many memories, it’s hard to choose one - but I’m grateful he became a part of our life and will cherish each moment for the rest of our lives. He will forever live on in our hearts. We hear his voice all the time, “grandpa Bob would say right now...” The humblest, silliest, kindest and gracious person I will ever know. -Katrina Gonzalez
We first met Bob when he moved to SF in 2013. He always had a smile on his face, a joke to share and a story tell. He helped light up any gathering he joined. Bob will be greatly missed, but leaves behind a great legacy and a daughter who carries on his spark and love of life. –Amy & Mike Kennedy
I will always remember Grandpa Bob always helping us with art project and puzzles up in tahoe. He always added more smiley faces or googlie eye everything to make them funnier! -Sidney Hansen
I'll always remember Grandpa Bob giving me a very colorful rosary for my first communion. I keep that next to my bed. I look at it often and think of him. I miss you. -Kennedy Hansen
Bob was family. He just was. I don't think he even intended it. But in attending all my kids' soccer games, school plays, sacraments, Halloween parades, Christmas recitals, and presentations at school assemblies -- cheering and laughing the whole time -- he made himself dear to us. Forget genes; he was Grandpa. So that's how I intend to keep his memory: sometimes, I'll just assume that I can be warm and generous with those who share this path with me. I will be family, as he was family to us. That would be a remembrance worthy of Grandpa Bob. -Andy Leibnitz
Bob was my accounting teacher at Black Hawk College and then my boss at Security World. He was a good friend and had many dinners together. My kids loved him, (don't all kids). He gave my son his first job at Security World and then years later when I lost my son he was there for me and helped me through a really hard time in my life. I am grateful to have known Bob, he was a good friend. -Tammie Thompson
As Michelle’s uncle, I have fond memories of Bob Hammill. As my brother Dave mentioned, we spent several months at Kath and Bob’s home in Davenport, IA after our dad passed away. This was a difficult period for me, and I remember Bob sitting down with me and asking if everything was alright. I could tell he really cared and wanted me to feel at home. He enjoyed working out and going for jogs and took Dave and I with him frequently. He did get us into the lawn mowing business, and I remember mowing his parents back yard in Davenport. Bob was a caring individual, always ready to help those in need. He was always in a jovial mood and had a great sense of humor. We had a very nice conversation at Michelle’s 50th Birthday celebration in Sonoma. -Rich Stodden
So many stories to share, so many wonderful moments that replay in my mind as I sit and recall the time I was able to spend with Bob. Kent and Michelle’s wedding was one of the greatest Bob experiences. He was so happy and so proud as he was surrounded by wonderful friends and family all having a wonderful time. Let’s not forget how excited he got while watching the bartenders make Mexican Coffees at the fiesta :) I am beyond grateful to have been there to share that experience and to witness his pure joy as he walked Michelle down the beach to be married to Kent. -Joe Hammill
I'll always remember Grandpa Bob and the Holidays. Since Mary (now 15) was born, we have spent almost every Easter and every other Christmas with Bob. He never missed a single one of Mary's birthday parties and has attended every single one of Mary's sacraments from Baptism to Confirmation. He went out of his way to make Mary feel like one of his grandkids. He was good that way. There are so many people Bob made feel like his family. My mom was the same way and Michelle and I would plot to get them together. It never happened, thank goodness, as their home would be overrun by dogs, horses, cats, and anybody that needed a hot meal, a hug, or a joke. One Christmas, Michelle, Kent, Mia and Kira went back to Iowa and Bob spent it with us in the Bay Area. He brought along “The Monsignor” (a title bestowed by the Pope for distinguished Catholic Priests) which was crazy cool for a kid that was deep into Catechism classes at the time. To have Christmas dinner with such honored guests! Later that spring, he gave Mary a vial of holy water blessed by The Monsignor for her First Communion. We miss him terribly. But I know he is impressing a bunch of Angels in Heaven right now with his capacity for love and humor. -Amy Pritchard
Bob was a joyful presence at all the sporting events for the kids. I remember him fondly cheering from the soccer sidelines and sharing a joke, rain or shine. But my most enduring memory is of him at your Halloween party a couple years back. He was dressed as a doctor complete with his stethoscope and looking to measure any available ladies heart rate. I arrived with some syringes filled with red vodka jello. He delighted putting them in the breast pocket of his Doctor’s coat and grinning mischievously. The look was complete. Bob sure knew how to party. And I loved hanging with him. I will miss him. -Lucy Farey Jones
Bob was a bright ball of energy, always quick to smile, crack a joke, and make us laugh. He was the loudest fan at every soccer game, fun to sit next to and cheer with. We miss his sense of humor, optimism and will always cherish our connection and friendship. -The Payne Family
Bob loved a good joke and was such a prankster. Once he came to visit Michelle in SF from Iowa, must have been 1999 or so - so way back. We went to La Rondalla (which doesn't even exist anymore) for cheap margaritas and grub. We were all sitting around the table when the mariachi band approaches and starts playing and singing happy birthday in my direction. While I was trying to explain to the mariachi band that it wasn't actually my birthday and there must be some mistake, I see Bob cracking up so hard out of the corner of my eye. Good one Bob, you got me! You will be so, so missed. RIP.
In 2016 I came to visit Bob and introduce him to my girlfriend. A typical destination for Bob and me was The Buena Vista near the Wharf and I think that we liked going there solely because of the Irish Coffee. That particular trip I had some other friends in town and we all decided to have brunch so Bob, Dianne and I went to meet them. Of course parking was difficult, so I told Dianne and Bob to go grab a table and I can take the car to find parking. I can’t help but think that Bob knew how this would play out… as nearly an hour passed until I was able to join them. Parking was awful and finding a spot was extremely challenging to this out-of-towner and when I finally made it to brunch I found my food in a box along with two dozen empty Irish Coffee glasses on the table surrounding Bob who was commanding an audience of new fans. Bob was a show stopper and he had no problem stepping in to host everyone as I circled the restaurant looking for parking. I walked in hungry, frustrated and even mad but when I made it to the table that all melted away when Bob cracked a joke at my expense… something about “nice to see you” and “how’s the parking”. Needless to say, my friends were huge fans of Bob. -Joe Hammill
I'll never forget the time we skipped school to attend your "wedding" in Hawaii. :-). And then the kids spent the time looking for your future wife. We miss you dearly, but your star shines on with Michelle and the girls. We love you. -Audra Hansen
Cousin Bob has been a huge source of strength and encouragement to us. He always made us laugh. We loved it when he’d come visit us! We had the best time as he showed us around his SFO a couple years ago. He was a big brother and dear friend to my mom, an honorary grandpa to my daughter, a kindred spirit to my brother, and I would like to award him Mr. Most Inspirational. I appreciate all of the kindness he has shown my family over the years. From coming out to Washington state for my wedding, being there for us throughout all of the years since my dad passed. From his daily texts with verses and pictures of him at the gym or with his granddaughters and his phone calls, to check in, I miss it all. He was a comedian, a devout Catholic, a collector of friends, and a beautiful friend. Thank you to everyone who shared him with us all. -Jennifer Hammill
Bob and my husband Jim were cousins. There are so many memories of Bob and my family. From him being there for Jim when things were rough at home to later being there for me when my Mom passed. Bob was blessed in so many ways and he passed these blessings on to others. He was so excited when he moved out to be near Michelle, Kent, and the granddaughters. I was fortunate to be.able to visit him twice. We went for long walks with Alex. Saw the girls play soccer. And enjoyed hours of laughter and memories. Bob came up to Washington on one of his trips for his cousin Virginia's 102nd birthday. The two of them told stories of their lives. I will always remember when Virginia grabbed his hand and told Bob he was a Saint. Reading all the memories its true Bob you are a saint always giving unconditional love and laughter to all that were blessed to be a part of your journey. You will be truly missed by my family. Love to Michelle, Kent, Mia, and Kira -Pat Hammill
We will always remember Bob's great humor, his amazing love of his family, and his wonderful dog. He was the light and fun of all the gatherings! We will never forget chatting and laughing with him while we watched the girls play soccer at the Marina Green. He will be sorely missed - all our love to Michelle, Kent, Kira, Mia and the rest of Bob's family. - Nicole, Katie, Sofie, & Tallulah Dogwill
We would start every training session with me asking him how he was feeling and if anything hurt, you know just to get an idea of what we needed to work on. Without fail, every time I'd ask he would point to his right eyebrow and tell me it still hurts! -Anthony "Huggie Bug" Chiechi
Bob had surgery and we went to visit him in the hospital. We were expecting to encounter a frail old man - boy we were wrong. We walk into his room and he is holding court. Lots of nurses and doctors coming in and out - some literally just to say hi - and of course he was in the best of spirits. He had also somehow stolen a plant from another patient's room, so I think we all know where Michelle got that inclination from. :) He really was Superman. -Jodi Maroney
I can't recall when I first met Bob; he had that gift he's passed on to Michelle of making you feel like family within minutes of having met you. But I do recall one of the first times I went to church with Bob. Michelle and I took her girls and mine (who were novice church goers) as part of the run up to their First Communion. As with everything, always, Bob was game to join. Hearing whispers and quiet giggling from the girls during Mass, I deployed Bob - veteran church goer and revered elder! - to sit among the girls and maintain order. If you're reading this, you knew Bob; and knowing Bob, you can probably guess whether the giggling decreased or increased once Grandpa Bob was seated in the midst of his beloved granddaughters and my girls, who were lucky enough to be among his SF surrogate grandkids. Yes, Bob was committed to his Catholic faith, but he also was devoted to his family and sharing a laugh, and I had unthinkingly put those wonderful impulses of his in direct conflict. Bob also was an enthusiastic Notre Dame fan, and delighted in selling me on preposterous game outcomes and plays once he realized that I had picked up precious little football knowledge en route to my ND degree. I wouldn't be surprised on future ND game days to hear Bob "wake up the echoes cheering her name" from his new vantage point. We will miss Bob's laughter and love, but feel so fortunate to have shared in both during his lifetime. -Joy Macintyre
Bob saw a need in people and answered it. He could make them a better person.
He was a little like St. Nick. Twinkle in his eye and always a smile.
Our last Easter together, I still laugh that he was trying to convince Kira it really was flamingo in the pie. I told her it wasn’t, that her grandpa wouldn’t eat flamingo. I wouldn’t either!!! -Glena Pritchard
Bob and I last spoke on the phone while I was walking around Green Lake on a beautiful day in Seattle. It was easy to fill the 45-60 minute walk over conversations with Bob and I’ll never forget that call, it was perfect. Throughout the walk I took a few photos and shared what I was seeing with Bob. I sent him those images of the trees with the fall leaves, some of the lake and Mt. Rainier in the distance before saying goodbye. Goodbye for now Bobby.
Grandpa Bob will forever be loved. Memories of his kindness, and tall tales of his heroics when dinosaurs roamed the land, swirl in the hearts of our children. May you find strength in your many memories during this time of grief. -J&R Flannagan
Would like to thank Bob for all the help with the maintenance committee and the Holy Name fish fry´s at St. Alphonsus. We had a lot of fun together. He will be missed -Tom Stahler
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of Eternal Joy on Robert's passing. Decades ago I was one of his BHC Accounting students. His style of teaching spurred my interest in accounting, for which I recently received my MBA with accounting and business administration (2015) and will begin my doctoral studies next week, at age 73. "Mr. Hammill" will always be an inspiration in my life! --Jean Marie Falk