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BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:46 pm

BobW, or Bob Wanamaker, or The Thinking Strongman died on Oct 31, 2018. I had lost contact with him in early October of this year. He was a member here, if not all that active.

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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Bram » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:47 pm

Rest in peace, Bob.

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Post by nafod » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:38 am

I remember him well. And will continue to.
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Post by Mickey O'neil » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:17 am

PBUH

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Post by Grandpa's Spells » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:22 am

Shit it's a little startling that he's only the second poster here (I think) to pass away. Does anybody know what happened
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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:15 am

Grandpa's Spells wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:22 am
Shit it's a little startling that he's only the second poster here (I think) to pass away. Does anybody know what happened
Bob's decline started with a condition called DISH, where his connective tissue was slowly calcifying and turning into bone. Unless he regularly aggressively worked on range of motion, it would rapidly decline. DISH alone would have eventually strangled him, as the connective tissue in his ribs solidified and blocked his lungs from expanding. Then, a few years back, he developed a rare form of blood cancer, Myelofibrosis.

Ultimately, it was this that probably killed him, by enlarging his spleen due to malformed red blood cells, and creating a very high blood pressure that burst varices in his esophagus. This almost killed him once, they were cauterized and then tied off, but his physician told him the ties wouldn't last very long and he had to be wary the burst varices again.

He was feeling very poorly when I talked to him last, and the potential to drown in his own blood weighed heavily on his mind.

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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Really Big Strong Guy » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:55 pm

I spoke with Bob last in September. We emailed fairly regularly; but that slowed as things worsened. He was spending most of his time sleeping and his good days were severely difficult.

I miss him. I spoke with Sharon after he passed. We talked for a good bit about him and other things.

He had a very rough past few years after the Dish debilitated him, then the enlarged spleen took away his will. I miss him. He was brilliant. I miss his analysis of issues, injury recovery, and thoughts on life in general. I always told him "on his terms, no matter what."

Thanks for Sharing Shaf. I wasn't sure what the best way to go about letting others know.
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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Fat Cat » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:14 pm

Rest easy BobW.
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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Old Mother » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:53 pm

RIP Bob

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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:55 pm

Really Big Strong Guy wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:55 pm
I spoke with Bob last in September. We emailed fairly regularly; but that slowed as things worsened. He was spending most of his time sleeping and his good days were severely difficult.

I miss him. I spoke with Sharon after he passed. We talked for a good bit about him and other things.

He had a very rough past few years after the Dish debilitated him, then the enlarged spleen took away his will. I miss him. He was brilliant. I miss his analysis of issues, injury recovery, and thoughts on life in general. I always told him "on his terms, no matter what."

Thanks for Sharing Shaf. I wasn't sure what the best way to go about letting others know.
I talked to him pretty frequently, but after he dropped off, I never had a way to contact his wife. You are absolutely correct, Bob was super smart and very good at cutting right to the chase of the topic and hand, and often the conversations would expose stuff I knew but didn't want to acknowledge.

I know he took deep pleasure in talking to his friends, even at the end, and in his dogs. I hope that he went painlessly and quickly, but like you hinted, him ending his own life was not out of the question.

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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by johno » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:44 pm

RIP, Bob.
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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Dietrich Buchenholz » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:22 pm

He did not grease the groove.

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Re: BobW (Wanamaker) RIP

Post by Cave Canem » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:36 am

Most of my conversations (online) with Bob were about dogs. Ironically, his name came up in my FB memories celebrating the adoption of a shelter dog I was working with on the same day I learned of his passing.

RIP brother.
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