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Bob Rother Eulogy

by Lynne Kopac

To Bob Rother, Our Best Friend and Faithful Running Companion

12/25/1932 - 07/27/2004

[Bob Rother died suddenly while jogging with good friend, running buddy, and training partner, Lynne Kopac, the morning of July 27, 2004. The following is the eulogy Lynne read at Bob Rother's wake on July 29.]

Bob was such a big part of our lives. He was my hubby Bob's Faithful Running Companion, and after my Bob's hip went bad, he became mine. Through the years, we became more than running buddies. We developed such a deep friendship that Bob was truly "family." Of course, running was an important part of our lives, but there were also the movies, plays, operas, Renegades games, driving to Natick for the Boston Marathon - you name it, the Three Musketeers enjoyed so much together.

Because of Bob, I completed my first half marathon in 2001. Because of Bob, in spite of chemo and radiation treatments in 2003 for breast cancer, I completed the 9 NYRRC qualifiers for this year's NYC Marathon.

Bob was always there for both of us, in particular the past few years. He came to Sloan-Kettering in NYC with us for my surgeries, every chemo treatment, every check-up, every test. If we needed a ride or help with anything, he was there.

Yes, Bob was our hero, our best friend, my guardian angel (he still is). We have so many happy memories and are grateful he was part of our world and gave us so much support, strength, and companionship. I am forever thankful he was my Faithful Running Companion who crossed all those finish lines with me.

I would like to read the poem Bob wrote for me for Valentine's Day last year just before I started chemo. He gave me this poem along with a dozen yellow roses. The words are so appropriate for Bob now with the yellow roses that my Bob and I have here for him tonight.

Just For You

Here's a bouquet of roses

Just for you.

Yellow for the friendship and joy

I receive from you,

Nine are for the qualifiers

I'll run with you.

One is for the Marathon

I'll finish with you.

The other two? Well, they are

Just for you.

We did the 9 qualifiers, and Bob, we will finish the 2004 NYC Marathon together in November. When we cross the finish line, I will not be sweating but, as you always told me, I will be glowing.