Bob Feldman and I covered the Thursday 6 a.m. to noon SAVES shift for about 10 years. It was very rewarding, as Bob and I knew 90 percent of the folks we were responding to help. This seemed to reassure folks as they felt strangers were not invading their house.
Bob came to our Wednesday lunch at the Hilltop when he was in Skaneateles.
He had been coming since it was instituted and he always made an effort to get out and attend. He really seemed to enjoy eating with the varied drop-ins to this group. We picked him up or his family got him there.
Bob's True Value Hardware was a great convenience for my small business.
At one time we attempted to stock large quantities of screws, bolts, nuts, and fittings, but after while, the only thing we had in stock were sizes or lengths that no one used.
Finally, we wised up and I talked to Bob about the hardware we used. Whenever we needed hardware and electrical items, we picked them up the night before or on our way out of town. This was very helpful to Upstate Temperature Control and Bob's markup was relatively small compared to the cost or time wasted driving to hunt stuff up at the big-box stores. It also meant we didn't inventory any locally stocked items. We have missed this super service since Bob closed the store.
The family says that Bob fell asleep in his chair and didn't wake up. The rest of us should be so lucky to leave this world and simply fade away.
This seems to be the age at which wonderful friends and acquaintances leave us. Cliff Abrams once said, "If my name's not in the paper, I guess I'm still here for another day." This is a good attitude, because you can't do anything about it anyway.