You may, or may not know that I once had a problem with alcohol abuse. At that time, I was very active in the local recovery community, and was a regular fixture in a local club for members in recovery.
One day, this fellow wandered in, and I found out he was a musician, and just passing through. As one might suspect, we became quick friends, and wasn’t very many minutes before we were out on the porch, guitars in hand, swapping tunes back and forth.
Rob was a fascinating man, a great musician and songwriter, with a warm smile and a personality to match. I didn’t get to see him in person very often, but he’d always stop by when he was passing through.
Even though we didn’t get to see each other in person very often, we kept in touch via facebook and email, and chatted back and forth a couple of times a week. We’d chat about music, recovery, our lives, and more. He was more than thrilled when I met Holly and often told me how he enjoyed watching our courtship and marriage from afar.
Rob was a far more successful musician than I realized at first. He served a stint as Chuck Berry’s keyboard player, he was a songwriting partner to Christopher Cross, and much more. In between all this, he found time to recover from addiction AND fought and beat cancer, not once, but twice.
This weekend, he was stuck and killed by a hit and run driver…just a couple of weeks before a musical he wrote is opening.
All of us who knew him are just stunned at the loss to the world. So, I say to you, hold your friends close all the time. You never know.
And, to you, Rob, Godspeed. Thank you for the encouragement when I so deeply needed it.