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June 27, 2006

Rob's Memorial Service

Rob's brother Dave has posted in the comments about the arrangements for Rob's Memorial Service:

This is Dave, Rob's brother. I just wanted to let somebody know that the arrangements have finally been made. If somebody has the ability to get the word out, please go for it.

There will be a memorial service for Rob at 4 pm on Thursday, June 29th, at Fox & Weeks on Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, followed by an after-service celebration (can't be a wake if it's after the Memorial) at our parents' house. Pickers will bring instruments, everybody else bring voices and any Rob stories you can tell for everybody else to hear while they lift a glass to him. I'm going to miss my big brother, but I'll do my best to send him off in style! There'll be directions to the place at the service, or you can email me: dsmith [at] brannenlaw [dot] com. Thanks, everybody!

Arrangements are also being worked out for a way for those of us on the web to participate in the memorial for Rob as well. Details will be available in the next 12 hours or so.


Can't make it.

Will be there in spirit.

Y'all have my prayers.

Posted by: jimmyb on June 27, 2006 05:02 PM

Gonna do my best to extend my vacation by a couple of days and be there. Thanks.

Posted by: Richard on June 27, 2006 05:08 PM

Wishing I had a crapload of airmiles.

Posted by: Lisa on June 27, 2006 05:18 PM

I have never met rob, never before commented, but have been a regular reader for the last few years. His words and observations have brought much enjoyment to my life. Recently went thru bad divorce, He showed me that you can survive it. G-d bless him.

Posted by: JEFF on June 27, 2006 05:23 PM

I've got an 80 year old bottle of Glenlivet. I think it's about time for a toast.

Posted by: Richard R on June 27, 2006 05:43 PM

I wish that I could be there in body, as I most certainly shall be there in spirit.

Thanks Sam, for the arragement info. Thank you also for your steadfast love for your Dad, for your incredible courage in this terrible time.

I don't know you, but I would hug you and give you my shoulder.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 27, 2006 05:43 PM

Well shit, I gots me four bottles of Jack Daniels and a good ceegar...I guess I know what I'll be doin at 1 pee-em Pacific Standard Time on Thursday.

Vomitting to be commencing about 2pm...

Posted by: Bane on June 27, 2006 05:47 PM

I wish I could attend and pay tribute to Rob, especially to show appreciation for that which he gave so freely: many laughs, completely unique opinions, totally accurate (if controversial) political opinions, and best of all, his genuine Southern wisdom. He shared so freely his experience and pain, the highs and lows of his life. His voice in the blogosphere can't be replaced.

Like many out of state, I'll be there in spirit and send continued prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

Posted by: Vermont Neighbor on June 27, 2006 05:59 PM

You can view an on-line obituary to Rob at this link;

You can also sign an on-line guest book.

Hmmm...I wonder if their server can handle the traffic???

Tom G.

Posted by: Tom G. on June 27, 2006 06:01 PM

Can't be there in body, so will raise a toast, and light a candle. Rob certainly made an impact on my life, and for that, I will never forget him.

Posted by: Misty on June 27, 2006 06:09 PM

Ive also never commented, just read his blog regularly for about a year now I guess and Rob has made me "Laugh Out Loud" on many an occasion. The wife would ask me what was so damn funny.

He will be missed even if I never met him.

You gave us all something unique, Rob. Thanks a Bunch. Peace be with you.

Posted by: Jonathan on June 27, 2006 06:16 PM

well, i took my git out today after not touching it for a couple of months. I'm working on it. Been in a writing mood. Maybe something for him might come of it. I don't write too well, but i'll give it a shot. I sure wish i could have jammed with him. Damn. Some people die with the music still in them. At least he didn't.

Posted by: pril on June 27, 2006 06:24 PM

I promise to sadly crawl out of my country bunker here in northern Indiana at 4pm on Thursday and pull the trigger on 21 rounds from a very loud and powerful firearm that I do not own.

And if you don't like it you can just kiss my cranky yankee ass.

I am really gonna miss reading the rants from THIS GUY.

Posted by: CZ on June 27, 2006 06:38 PM

He sure will be missed. Give him a great send off - I'll be there in spirit!

Posted by: MIss Fire on June 27, 2006 06:40 PM

Can't be there, but will think of him. Hope you and the rest of the family make it through ok.

Posted by: Mark on June 27, 2006 06:49 PM

I hope somebody will video the songs and post them on YouTube.

And I'd like to contribute to something. Bandwidth for ongoing hosting of the site as a memorial. A big honkin' cat-shaped headstone. Something.

Rob brought great perspective and humanity to the blogosphere, which is otherwise generally full of itself.

Posted by: Patrick on June 27, 2006 06:59 PM

Thank-you for letting us know...
The place will be packed no doubt.
Rob and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Theresa Kennedy

Posted by: Treasa on June 27, 2006 07:18 PM

I've read Rob for quite awhile, I'll miss my favorite read of the day. He had me laughing often to the point of tears and sore ribs, sometimes he'd have me spitting mad, sometimes remembering my own childhood. He was always a good read, we emailed a couple times, he always responded thoughtfully. I wish we could've met and had a good long gab and some good food. I can't be there physically for the memorial, but I will be in spirit. Thanks for letting us know. Again, my sincerest condolences on the loss your family has suffered. I'll miss Rob.

Posted by: Aquila on June 27, 2006 07:39 PM

Well maybe he'll get too meet the Real Thor and get to compare hammers.
Damn, it still hasn't sunk in.

Posted by: toad on June 27, 2006 07:59 PM

RIP, Pumpman :(

Posted by: mashby on June 27, 2006 08:25 PM

I won't be able to attend. Work can be so intrusive. The Spousal Unit will be attending for both of us. I do hope that someone manages at the very least to get a webcam set up for the After Memorial Celebration.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on June 27, 2006 09:44 PM

Dave - I'll be there and will bring along my guitar.

Posted by: Denny on June 27, 2006 11:03 PM

Oh, shit.
I can't say anything else.
I'm in Navarre FL, not that far from Atlanta.
I can maybe get to PNS (Pensacola) to Atlanta OK but from then on I'd need transport.
Shit. I can't type right. This sucks.
If anyone can help get me to there & back in I'd be grateful.
Some of you know me, some don't. I have been a regular for nearly 4 years, just don't post much.
A great man has left us.

AKA Horrabin

Posted by: Horrabin on June 28, 2006 12:19 AM

Lighting a candle is a great tribute, although it shines brightly and then it's gone. It would be great if an Acidman t -shirt could be made up with a quote and his picture... like one of the photos from his front page. Just wearing his name and remembering his ideas would sort of be like a connection, after the candle burns out. It's rare, the man who affects people with words. People want to remember Rob.

Posted by: Vermont Neighbor on June 28, 2006 12:21 AM

I'll think of Rob every time I paint my toenails red. There's a big empty hole in the internet now.

Posted by: MJH on June 28, 2006 12:49 AM

I am going to try my best to make it, but I am 6 days overdue with number 3.

But even if I am not there physically, I will be there in spirit.


Posted by: Steph on June 28, 2006 01:16 AM

Being unemployed at the moment, I have plenty of time to make it to the Acidman Festival.

But, being unemployed at the moment, I have no money to make it to the Acidman Festival.

Anybody in the Connecticut area wanna get a carpool going? I can pitch in fer gas and maybe we can sleep on someone's lawn or something?

I'll be there in spirit. 4:00pm tomorrow I'll hoist a cold one in Rob's honor.

And, Rob, if ya don't remember me: Burgess Meredith.
Aaah, now you know who I am...! lol ;^)

Posted by: Tuning Spork on June 28, 2006 01:31 AM

My previous post was done in a state of shock.
I can get a fight to Atlanta.
If I can get from there to the site & back again, that's what I meant.
My Boss said no.
This is personal.
I read Rob's stuff way longer than I worked for this dude.
I want to be there. He prolly would not wanted ANY of us to be there.
Then again, if there were fireworks.....
Rest easy, Rob.

Threre's no other words.
You were the Man. What you told me in email.
Coulda saved my ass.
CYA when I get there.


Reply to tbillings1(at)bellsouth(dot)net.

Posted by: Horrabin on June 28, 2006 01:43 AM

Thanks for posting the link to the obit. Kinda got a giggle out of the date typo......ya think Rob is laughing his ass off at that one? I do. LOL
No way I can attend the funeral but I'm glad to know most of his loved ones will be able to get there. I will of course, be there in spirit.

Anxiously awaiting news about the online memorial.

Posted by: PattiG on June 28, 2006 01:44 AM

I was just thinking, reading the memorials to A-man; I will miss him dearly, no mistake. But I will also miss "talking" with all you other folks that I've seen here as the days passed. There are a lot of names with personalities attached in these comment pages.


Posted by: wes jackson on June 28, 2006 01:47 AM

"Coulda saved my ass."
meant for all of us dinosaurs, the PSA test.
His came big numbers, they caught it.
'Cause of Rob I got tested.
Turned up zip.
But if it had been otherwise, I'd have never heard or had tested something called "PSA" except for Rob.
At some point, years down, my last-ditch surgeon would have asked "what's your PSA" and i'd have said " whatsa PSA".
He'd have said "nevermind" and removed me from the waist down.
I got sidetracked on Memory Lane.

My train of thought just pulled out without me.
You can't say much about Rob that doesn't ride that train.

Posted by: Horrabin on June 28, 2006 02:08 AM

Have too much in common (except talent). Feel a lot of pain for myself -and fear. Was rooting for the man for many reasons. This really hurts.
Nothing clever to say.
Will miss you.
V/R Jim West

Posted by: Jim on June 28, 2006 09:13 AM

I won't be able to make it. I live in Bucks County, PA. But I'll be there in spirit.


Posted by: cassie-b on June 30, 2006 11:03 AM
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