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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.