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Bob Patak Remembered

Steve picked me up from school. We drove over to Shadyside.  He asked me to take a photo of Bob’s store, Shadyside Mining Company, as a tribute to his friend who passed away last Saturday night.  The beautiful bouquet lovingly tucked in the door made me cry.  Went to buy a Post-Gazette at Rite-Aid but they were all gone. The young woman at Jitters Cafe and Ice Cream on Walnut and Ivy let me have the page with Bob’s obit(click) to put at his store so people could read the arrangements.  Another friend, Ellen, came over from Talbot’s. She was wearing a stunning necklace that Bob designed. She told us about the bench across the street  from the store where he used to sit.  Steve and Rich and Bob and Ash used to play some mean tennis.Scroll down to see a photo @ Cappy’s last March of Doug, Steve, Rich, and Bob on the right in the group photo.

You can see the sandwich sign he used to put out on the sidewalk.

13 responses

  1. Laura M

    what a nice tribute

    November 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

  2. Sue reinfeld

    It is hard to lose good friends. My condolences.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:41 am

  3. Ruthanne Bauerle

    What a lovely post! Sorry for your loss.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

  4. erica

    a beautiful tribute, Ruth, both photos and words

    November 9, 2010 at 8:29 am

  5. A sad time, life is so precious

    November 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

  6. Kay Comini

    Very nice tribute. My sympathies for your loss. The flowers in the door are a touching reminder.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

  7. Mary

    These pictures are wonderful, Ruth. Thank you for helping us remember the good times these guys always had when they were together.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

  8. Toni

    Some definitions of the word friend mention affection and trust. Those are some of the things that will be missed, I’m sure.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

  9. Aida

    This is so sad and yet so beautiful at the same time.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

  10. Aida

    You did a nice thing, Ruthie.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  11. nizar sandi

    i will miss u my freind

    November 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm

  12. beth

    I just found out about Bob’s death today and was so sad. I have been a customer and friend for over 15 years. Bob loved what he did and was an amazing ambasador to the world of gems. I will miss him greatly. Thank you for putting up this photo.

    November 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm

  13. Kevin Holleran

    Thank you for the beautiful words and pictures. Bob was an amazing person, we are better because we knew him. Miss him…

    January 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

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