It is very difficult to put into words how we are feeling during this incredibly trying stage in our lives. Bob was taken from us far too soon and the pain that we are all feeling will remain with us for quite some time. Bob was privately battling a rare disorder called amyloidosis which is a condition where abnormal proteins attach themselves to internal organs. In Bob’s case the amyloids were attacking his heart. He was undergoing a chemotherapy regimen and was responding very positively to the treatment. Sadly, he suffered a heart attack on the morning of April 5th 2012 and despite the efforts of his wife, Katie, and the paramedics he was not able to be revived.
Those of us that interacted with him during his final months know that Bob never gave up and he never lost hope. Mentally he had beaten amyloidosis and he was planning the next stage of his life. His infectious smile, positive attitude and ability to find humor in everything remained with him until his last day on earth. Bob had a rare gift to make everyone feel important. Everywhere he went, he made people feel good. He was a man defined by his kindness and passion for life.
We are all lucky to have had the privilege of knowing him. He made the world a better place and he brought out the best in everyone around him. His family requests that we all honor him not by mourning his death, but rather by celebrating a life well lived.
We love Bob and miss him more than words can say. Take solace in knowing that he is in Heaven making everyone laugh.
The Barker and Morton Families.