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  • Jan 7, 2014 3:27pm

    Its hard to believe that it has been a year since you were taken away from us, way too early.  I think of you and your family often and hope that we will meet again some day my friend.  Forever in my memories and heart.

    Chad T

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  • Dec 2, 2013 1:51pm

    Dear Danelle I think of you and your boys often and read your posts. Coping is different for each one of us and there is not a prescribed method that works for all, I know that you are doing your best for yourself and the boys. Thank God for children for they are a welcome respite from adult problems. My brother in law was killed this Sept. and I just didn't know what to say to his wife, words are just sometimes not appropriate. Know that many are praying for you and the boys and somehow, someway you will persevere and life will once again smile on you. Peace and blessings to you and the kids through the holidays. I'm sure you will make wonderful new memories.


  • Jan 29, 2013 10:19pm

    Rob's family,

    I just followed the links over to the BarefoootBob memorial and watched the tribute movie to Rob.  It was beautiful, even though I only knew Rob through the H&N forum it was so nice to see him like his friends and family  did.



    Matt Warren

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  • Jan 22, 2013 11:01pm

    Just learned from Kathy that Robbie crossed into eternity earlier this month.  I am lifting you all up in prayer, especially you,  Barb.  To lose a child at any age--Barb, I don't know how I could stand it!!!  Really ups the prayer life just thinking about it.  I thank God we are people of faith.  I imagine Boss and Rosie with Jesus, meeting and embracing Robbie as he touched the shores of Heaven.  Now he's waiting to meet each of y'all when it's your turn to cross over.  Much love to all your beautiful family! 

    Rose Impastato Metzger

  • Jan 20, 2013 8:48pm

    Danelle and boys - Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know I continue to pray for all of you as you try to move on without the one you love.  It certainly isn't an easy task, nor is it a quick one. 

    I continue to pray for strength, comfort and understanding for all of you.  God has you in his hands.


    Diane Ditto TheOtherDitto / CSN

  • Jan 13, 2013 10:23am

    Danelle Joseph and NoahI continue to remember parts of Rob's funeral mass this weekend as life continues to move on for the rest of us. I love the music that was chosen. Your reading was beautiful. Rob's brother's memories were funny, sad, and inspirational. Your Aunt Cookie's song was amazing. Father Mark's sermon helped answer some of all the questions we will always have. I hope that the memories bring you some peace as well. Thank you for the post on the 11th that shared more memories and love. Thinking of you all and praying.

    Diane Kruzick

  • Jan 11, 2013 8:17pm

    Danelle - I was wonderful to finally meet you and be able to give you the hug I've been wanting to give you for the past 6 months.  You are still my hero. The Phish community Bob so loved has been called to action (see http://barefootbobmemorial.com for details on our fundraiser for Bob's Memorial Fund).  I pray that we can live up to the examples of generosity and kindness Bob gave us.  He showed us the way and now we hope to put those lessons into practice.  With a little luck and some hard work, perhaps we can "pay forward" the seemingly infinite and unadulterated goodness Bob so effortlessly shared with all of us. No doubt your friends and family will rally around you and the boys and ensure that you're all right during the coming weeks.  But if you need anything at all, you can always find me on Phish.net (@ivy_light), Twitter (@boogie_on_ivy), or Facebook (Rebecca L. Vislay). Peace and comfort to you and the boys always! Ivy (AKA Rebecca

    Ivy Vislay

  • Jan 9, 2013 7:18pm

    Dearest Danelle (& Eckhart Family),
    You do not know me, but I am compelled to write to you and tell you how sorry my entire family is for your loss.  My heart breaks for Robbie's parents and siblings as well.  Robbie made me laugh all through grade school, and his brother, Geoff, made me laugh through college.  You are SO lucky to have been touched by he and his family, and SO lucky to have two wonderful memories of him in your children.  I have spent the last nine months keeping up a CaringBridge journal for my father-in-law who is still living, so as I read back through your entries, I somewhat relate to you, but in no way could ever imagine how you find the strength to write and bid farewell to the love of your life.  You are a hero.  PLEASE know that you are being thought of and prayed for by people who do not even know you.  I will think of you often and send grace to you and your family always, as Robbie will be impossible to forget.

    Much love and prayers,
    Mamie (Serritella) & Rob Zinser
    The Entire Serritella Family

    Mamie Zinser

  • Jan 8, 2013 7:17pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, brother, son and best friend.  Take comfort in knowing that he is now pain-free and resides in the house of the Lord!  He will continue to watch over you all and the wonderful memories of him will get you through the rough times.  The day will come when the sad memories will fade and the only ones left will be the good ones. 

    Will continue to pray for strength and comfort for you all.

    Take Care,

    Diane Ditto - TheOtherDitto - CSN H&N

  • Jan 8, 2013 2:05pm

    I only knew Barefoot Bob thru HNC forum, but grew to like and respect Him very much..sympathy to His family and friends~~only the good die young.

    Carolyn Henderson Grandmax4

    Green Camp Township, Ohio

    Carolyn Henderson

  • Jan 8, 2013 1:50pm

    From the moment I first heard the tragic news of Bob's passing I've been able to think of little else. I had the opportunity to meet Bob once briefly at the UIC Phish shows last summer. I am forever grateful to have had that chance. The Bob I know loved life and he wouldn't want us to be sad today. Instead he'd want us to celebrate his life and remember the good times that he spent with us.

    Well Bob I wish I could tell you that I wasn't sad but I am. I'm sad, angry and hurting. I keep asking myself over and over why do bad things happen to good people? I don't have those answers but wish more than anything that I did. Bob faced his battle with bravery and grace and never once did I hear of Bob feeling sorry for himself or ask why me? My heart aches for your family Bob and for your sons who had their Dad cruelly taken from them far before his time. On behalf of our entire community of which you were such a bright part the @Phishtwibe misses you terribly and will continue to miss you in the days and months to come. Our extended @typeIIcast cast and crew instantaneously decided to dedicate our New Year's Run recap episode to your memory and I did the best I could under tough circumstances to offer a few words about what a special part of our community you are.

    I know you are looking down on us all holding down a spot on the rail for all of us for what's sure to be an epic jam. We are all thinking of you, your wife, your children and the outpouring of love from our community I'm sure would have you blushing about all the fuss but the Twibe wouldn't have it any other way. We always go big or what's the point of going? You made a difference in so many people's lives and we are all better people having had the chance to know you. We miss you terribly and hope that you have found peace as we know you are not suffering anymore.

    Remain in Light my friend,
    Josh Korin

    Josh Korin

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  • Jan 8, 2013 11:04am

    May the Lord Jesus wrap His loving arms around the Eckharts, Danelle, Joseph and Noah in this time of sorrow as He is The Comforter who can make a way when you think it is not possible find strength in Him great ones of faith sending all my love and prayers sing on Robert from the Heavens so all may hear a joyous peace.

    Coral Pickens-Hawkins

    Sent from CaringBridge Mobile

  • Jan 8, 2013 10:37am

    Dear Eckhart family,
    Sending prayers and strength to you - so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Rob.
    KareGiver (CSN)

    Lynda Kaehr

  • Jan 8, 2013 6:23am

    ( The eulogy below was originally posted at www.phishtlp.com )
    On Monday this community lost a dear friend. I knew this day was imminent, but it still didn't make it any easier. @BarefootBob2 (Bob) made this world a better place. He made me a better person.
    Bob and I crossed paths through our mutual appreciation of all things music. Twitter made the introduction. Bob and I immediately identified with one another. And it wasn't just the music. We were of similar age. Both born in May. We worked in the same industry. We were both Catholic. He was a friend of Bill W.'s. So was I. We led parallel lives. In separate states. In different circles. But thanks to the music, our worlds would intersect.
    It was the Summer of 2011. On a random Friday night. The kids were laid to rest & the wives were in the other room. @PhishTLP was born. That first night it was Bob, @menzotoliosis, and a few others. Reliving a Phish classic and live tweeting the experience. I came on board the next Friday. And so did a few others. Shortly thereafter, as the audience grew, Bob approached me with the idea of giving @phishtlp a home. Bob and I spent the next couple months and countless hours, collaborating from afar. Our skill sets complemented one another. Between the two of us, we had just enough knowledge about graphic design, coding, streaming, hosting, etc. to put something together. And soon www.phishtlp.com was launched. It was this project that allowed me to get to know Bob. Both inside and outside the music.
    In May of last year, Bob called me. Said he was on his way to the Urgent Care. He had a lump on his tongue that he could no longer ignore. They thought it was just a bacterial infection, but referred him to an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist. The ENT appointment was the following week. They immediately performed a biopsy. A few days later, the results were in. Bob called that evening to share the news. With a tremble in his voice, "Hey bud, it's me. Looks like I'll have to take a leave of absence from PTLP. It's the last thing I want to do, but I have cancer. Don't know much at this point, but I'm scared. All I can think about is my wife & kids. But one thing's for certain, I'm going to take it one day at a time."
    From that day on Bob fought the fight. Numerous surgeries. Radiation. Clinical trials. Trips to and from doctors...ad infinitum. Being fed through a tube. Bob and I spoke religiously throughout his battle. Up until he was too sick to pick up the phone. There were days when he could barely talk. I'd wait for him to catch his breath and just listen. There were times I could hardly understand what he was saying. But I just listened. I listened to Bob tell me things like, "If you can't put it on a billboard, don't do it".  Bob believed in taking responsibility for your actions. He thought it was important to go to bed at night with a clean conscious. Was Bob perfect? No. He believed in progress not perfection.
    Prior to Bob being diagnosed, he and I had visions of meeting for the first time in an Arena parking lot. Surrounded by a carnival atmosphere. Anticipating the first notes of Trey's Languedoc. After all, it was the music that brought us together. It made perfect sense. But life would dictate otherwise.
    In October, I paid Bob a visit. I landed in Chicago on a Friday morning. Drove a couple of hours to Bob's hometown of Peoria, Ill and checked into the Hampton Inn. Bob had just completed several weeks of radiation that culminated that afternoon. He was sick. Too sick for a visit that evening, but we agreed to meet the following day. I arrived at Bob's house around 12PM. He was lying on the living room couch. He was thin. Pale. Sickly. He raised his head, glanced at me across the room and smiled. Still laying on the couch, he opened his arms. It was then I realized that this would not only be our first hug, but it would probably be the last. I leaned over the couch and we hugged. And we cried. Bob was dying. He knew it. And I knew it. But, Bob had accepted life on life's terms. He was scared, but not resentful. Bob was living one day at a time. Just like he said he would. He was not living in tomorrow. Or the next week. He was living in today.
    Bob and I spent the afternoon talking about life. Death. Faith. Forgiveness. Acceptance. Gratitude. Humility. Love. Honesty. Responsibility. Trust. Family. Friends. And of course, music. After all, it was the music that ultimately carried me to Peoria. And into Bob's living room. It was the music that brought me to Bob. But it was Bob that made me a better person. And for that I am forever grateful.
    @okdeadhead // okdeadhead@gmail.com

    Kevin Hansen

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  • Jan 8, 2013 12:00am

    Allison Schneider-Alon

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