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Discussion in 'Gone But Not Forgotten' started by Metalman 55, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. Metalman 55

    Metalman 55 Senior Member

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    Hi everyone, I noticed that there have been no posts from Bob in the last couple of weeks (we are both from Ont.) & I then called his wife who informed me that he had passed away quite suddenly on March 7th. I had sent him a private email around the 10th (not knowing) & there was no reply which aroused my suspicions that something may be wrong.

    She then asked me to let the forum members know, to which I agreed to do so, thinking everyone would appreciate knowing. I explained to her just how helpful his advice was over the years & she was very touched by that.


    Metalman
     
  2. old-iron-habit

    old-iron-habit Senior Member

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    It Always my heart when one of the online "family" moves on to greener pastures. Our prayers go out to Bob's family.
     
  3. Nige

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    I'm lost for words. You get so used to having people around and then suddenly they are gone and all their knowledge has gone with them.
    We should all be thankful that Bob's wise words & good advice will continue to survive here on the forum as a tribute to him.

    R.I.P. Bob. Condolences to the family.

    Edit: I was just looking at my PMs and saw that we were exchanging ideas only the day before he passed away. That kinda makes the hairs on my neck stand up a bit.
     
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  4. lantraxco

    lantraxco Senior Member

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    :crying dammit....
     
  5. Old Magnet

    Old Magnet Senior Member

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    Really sorry to hear that. I had conversed with Bob (Robert Nichols) for many years as he was the go to guy for help. I knew he had health issues, sure am going to miss him. R.I.P. old friend. Here is a picture of Bob in his pre-retirement days.
     

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  6. Metalman 55

    Metalman 55 Senior Member

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    Yes, he was a "GIANT" by advice standards indeed. I am sure we will all miss that "Later Bob" as he signed off........................
     
  7. Scrub Puller

    Scrub Puller Senior Member

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    Yair . . .

    Thanks for the heads up Metalman55

    I have dealt with this before on other forums and there is very real and genuine sense of loss when one of our anonymous friends suddenly is not with us any more.

    R.I.P. mate and condolences to wife and family.

    Scrub Puller
     
  8. Triscuit

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    Thanks for following up Metalman.

    I'm Bob Ont's daughter. He was never happier than when he was fixing machines. I loved that the internet let him keep at it even after he retired and his health failed.

    All the best to you all,

    Sincerely,
    Triscuit
     
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  9. Willie B

    Willie B Senior Member

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    In the anonymity of a forum we seldom know much of age or health. I've often thought how it is amazing that bad people never die. I've waited a long time to hear of someone lower than dirt dying. Donald Trump will live forever, so will Hillary.
    The beauty of this, and similar forums is that the truly bad people get weeded out. Those who've been here a while are good, and caring people. No one here is shy about sending an a$$hole on his way. I didn't know Bob, but I'm sure those who did, feel a profound loss now. I'm sorry to see the cycle of life takes those we love. We need a change of rules where only those who can pass without the grief of loved ones may die. Only then, will it be a just world.
    To his loved ones I extend my sorrow.

    Willie
     
  10. John C.

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    Sad news to hear. So often over the years I've seen many a mechanic enjoy what they do and put heart and soul into all of it. I guess we enjoy it so much we wear out and don't get to see many of those retirement years in good health. We get just as worn out as the machines we have the opportunity to fix.

    Fair winds and following seas to Mr. Nichols.
     
  11. kshansen

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    Triscuit,

    So sorry to hear the news of your dad, I've only been on this forum a short time but always felt Bob was one of the top guys that made this forum what it is today. My thoughts are with you and your family!
     
  12. Metalman 55

    Metalman 55 Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum Triscuit & thanks for your words. Had a nice conversation with your mom which was appreciated. The response by the many members here on the forum to your dads passing, bears testimony to the legacy that he left behind. Our condolences to your entire family.
     
  13. Multiracer

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    What Lantraxo said x 3. He was great help to many here. Myself included.
    Your reward will meet you in Heaven.
    Ron
     
  14. RBMcCloskey

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    Rest in Peace my friend.
     
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    Bob is one person I really would have like to met in person. When a man takes time to advise and help others like he did , just sharing his knowledge is truly a testament to what kind of a person he was. Not cutting others short , but he was "The Trackloader guru" in my books. I witnessed him helping people repair machinery online and diagnosing problems , 99% of the time was right on. When I had issues and he responded it was a good feeling to have his knowledge. My condolences to the family. The family may never know just how many people he helped in this manner. So sorry for your loss of a great person.
     
  16. big ben

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    Very, very sad to hear

    You know those people who you can tell are very smart, experienced and have so much knowledge after reading only a few of their posts- he was that to a tee

    Knowledge of the old machines is becoming a lost art and he will be sadly missed.

    X2 for loving the "later Bob" at the end of each post

    Suddenly my "problems" that I had a work today are nothing - puts everything back into perspective and makes you look around and enjoy what we have today cause we don't know when it's our turn.
     
  17. DB2

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    Welcome to the forum Triscuit. I am sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My father was a field service man for Crothers in the 70's and I think I recognize their logo on your dad's coveralls. Your dad knew the Caterpillar machines expertly and his knowledge helped many of us on this forum. May he rest in piece.
     
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    RIP , Bob.
     
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    "Later Bob".
     
  20. DoyleX

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    He was one of those guys when he typed you shut up and listened. No sh!t he knew it 100%
    Will definitely miss his knowledge.

    Later bob...