Godspeed, my friend.
November 19, 2008

You may have caught a little news blurb in the past few days about a small plane crash in Rhode Island.  On board that plane, was my best friend, Robert Zoglio.

I’ll put a few links in here to the various stories run locally, but they only tell of his end.  Not how he lived.  Bob worked with me for a major insurance company for the past 8 or so years.  When he joined our IT team back in 2000, I had the utmost pleasure of working with him every day, teaching him how our systems worked.  It is to him that I owe knowing how much I enjoy teaching.  Over the years our friendship grew.  Proximity might have helped, but I think it was more personality.  We just clicked.  Our jobs moved in different directions a few years ago, but we never did.  We still saw each other and talked every day.

In addition to being a computer programmer, Bob loved flying.  Flying was his passion.  A passion which he took farther than most of us do with ours.  Bob learned how to fly.  He got his pilots license.  Bob had his own two seater plane.  We all saw the navigational charts which covered the majority of the wall space in his cube.  Many an evening could find him calling for updates to the weather at higher altitudes.  Many of us enjoyed a flight with Bob at the helm.

Bob was also a food connoisseur.  He always had a fresh pot of tea on his desk, in one of many varieties.  He enjoyed trying different foods and attempting to get us to try them.  In addition, Bob was an avid canoer and astronomer.

http://www.projo.com/ri/smithfield/content/plane_crash_11-18-08_I0CAMNE_v11.3b9b248.html

Bob leaves behind his wife, Donna, also a friend and fellow employee.  If you pray, she could use your prayers.  I’ve been doing that a lot the past two days, missing Bob very much.  To quote another friend-employee, "Here at the office it is very sad concerning Bob….it is so sad to go by his cube and see his red zip-up sweat jacket draped over his chair, and his tea pot on his desk."  Other than that, and offering to do whatever I can, I don’t know what else to do.

Bob, my friend, Godspeed.  You will be missed.  I’ll be looking for you when I get there myself.  For now, maybe I’ll go have a cup of tea in your honor.  Somehow, I think you would like that.

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Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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11 Comments »

  • Andy Kohut says:

    Hi Erik,
    So Sorry about Bob. Our hearts are broken and he will be dearly missed. Your words speak volumes. Thanks for sharing
    Andy

  • Rick Lamoureux says:

    It’s an honor to have considered him a friend. He will be missed. Rick

  • Elaine says:

    Erik,
    Thank you for sharing your reflections of Bob. He touched all of our lives and we will miss him dearly.
    Elaine

  • JuliusMarx says:

    A very touching tribute to your good friend, Erik. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.

  • Darren Martin says:

    A very touching tribute. I know Bob will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to all morning Bob’s passing.

  • CantinaDan says:

    Very sorry, Erik. I’m sure its a tremendous loss for all who knew him.

    Reading your tribute I thought of the last verse to “Highwayman”:

    I fly a starship across the Universe divide
    And when I reach the other side
    I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
    Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
    Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
    But I will remain
    And I’ll be back again, and again and again and again and again..

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    Very sad news, SF. It seems like Bob enjoyed his life and made others happy because of it. That’s a wonderful legacy to leave behind. My condolences to all who loved him.

  • Jonathan says:

    Godspeed Bob, certainly seems like you left quite an impression. Honor your friend and celebrate what he gave you..a taste of something new, different, perhaps at times even scary. I really like seeing people celebrate someone’s life rather than agonize over it. He would have liked that I think.

    Enjoy that cup of tea.

  • Dave Z says:

    Erik- That is a very touching tribute… You were able to put into words what I have not been able to…

  • Cindy Morrison says:

    I’m one of many people who had the extreme pleasure of flying with Bob. His enthusiasm for flying and love of life was contagious. I consider myself blessed to have known him and be befriended by him.

  • Jeremy SpyMagician says:

    Wow.

    Words fail me. Deepest condolences.

    Spy

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